March18, 2018 


Music before Service:                     Hymn Tune Improvisations on Lent Hymns/Chorales- various composers/arrangers


Welcome and Announcements 


Choral Introit:“It is Well With My Soul”            Philip Bliss


Call to Worship:                                                      (inspired by Jeremiah 31:31-34)

L: The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.

P: Here in this place, Christ writes the law of love on our hearts.

L:  We are the children of the living God.

P:  Together, let us worship the Lord of Love!


**Hymn:        “God We Praise You For the Morning”    415 VU

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Prayer of Confession:     (inspired by John 12:20-33)

Lord, we confess that we love our lives as they are.  We struggle with even the idea of change.  We wrestle with the thought of doing things differently.  But we know that the life we cling to is only a half-life.  Only you, O Lord, can give us true life in full.  Forgive us for holding onto the wrong things.  Teach us by your Spirit to let go of our agendas and assumptions.  Help us to let go of our self-righteousness and false notions of power.  Give us the strength and courage to try new things.  Encourage us – and even push us – to let go of ourselves so we can fully embrace you, Holy God.  We pray these things in the name of Christ Jesus.


Assurance of God’s Love


Hymn:                                    “Like a Rock”   92MV


Thought for Young at Heart

(Childrendepart forSunday School)

Scripture:  Jeremiah 31:31-34                      Pat Freedman

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,  “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel  and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to[a] them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

AnthemWhen I Survey the Wondrous Cross(tune- Haniburg)

                                                                                                            arr. G.M. Martin

Scripture Lesson:  John 12:20-33                Rachel Couban

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

Hymn:                        “Oh Jesus I Have Promised”             120 VU


Offering and OffertoryMeditation on Lent Hymns – by Sir JohnStainer


Sung Dedication:“Your Work, O God, Needs Many Hands”VU 537

Prayer of Dedication

Prayers of the People

Hymn:         “From the Slave Pens of the Delta”     690 VU

Commissioning and Benediction

Music               O Fairest Church of Christ       -J.S. Bach