The Eternal Triangle

Audio Sermon (Only) Includes:
Prayer of Illumination; Scripture (Joshua 5:9-12); Anthem (And the Father Will Dance); Scripture (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32); SERMON|The Eternal Triangle|Rev. Elvery

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

March 31, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Congregation stands as able - Indented BOLD indicates Congregation to speak.

PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE | God's Love Medley | arr. Jim Hammerly
God's Grace Medley|arr. Jim Hammerly

INTROIT 416 | Come unto the Lord| Korea

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth!
Many: Serve the LORD with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
One: Know that the LORD is God—
Many: he made us; we belong to him.
One: We are his people,
Many: the sheep of his own pasture.
One: Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise!
Many: Thank him! Bless his name!
All: Because the LORD is good, his loyal love lasts forever; his faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

*HYMN 8|Eternal Father, Strong to Save|Melita

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Amazing God, in our head we know your ways are not our ways and your thoughts are not our thoughts. We confess that we know the words and have a hard time grasping what they truly mean. We admit that we protect our hearts from you lest we come to know deeply within our being how much you love and forgive us. Give us strength to open ourselves to you so we know we are forgiven and precious children of yours. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA|Glory Be to the Father|Gloria Patri (Greatorex)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 398|How Very Good and Pleasant|How Very Good

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN|Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING|Joshua 5:9-12| p. 188 / 244 OT
ANTHEM|And the Father Will Dance|arr. Mark Hayes
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Luke 15:1-3, 11-32|p. 73 / 95 NT

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|The Eternal Triangle|Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 410|God Is Calling through the Whisper|W Żłobie Leży


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Brief Statement of Faith
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s images male and female of every race and people, to live as one in community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY|What a Friend We Have In Jesus|adapted by Willis Ray

*DOXOLOGY 606|Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Whether we stayed at home or wandered, we bring to you, our heavenly Father, our offerings of our lives. We place before you our faithfulness and our pushing away. Receive them all into your hands, take and shape us to be your hands in this world. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 418|Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling|Softly & Tenderly

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 541|God Be with You Till We Meet Again|Jeremiah Eames Rankin & Ralph Vaughan Williams

POSTLUDE|Basse et Dessus de Trompette | Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave,
the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist
Worship Liturgist: Jonna James

Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Donna Moore, Eleanor Steiner

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