Third Sunday in Lent

March 20, 2022

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is a time in which believers are invited to journey with Jesus as he makes his final journey to Jerusalem and the cross. The period of forty days leads into Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Resurrection morning, which are the axis around which our faith is formed. It is time marked with reflection, prayer, and intentionality as we tend to the business in our lives and reflect on what God is doing through Christ for all the world.

During this season, the altar is stripped of flowers and replaced by a single Christ candle, the minister wears a purple stole symbolic of Christ’s passion, and the word “Alleluia” is removed from the liturgy. It is our prayer that you will join us and that we, the people of God in this place, will rise together to greater glory in celebration of Christ’s own life and sacrificial love.

Even in a world that’s being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.
Hildegard of Bingen

Service Order

Welcome

The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #349
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Sung Twice)

​Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glory and grace.

Words & Music: Helen H. Lemmel, 1922, 1962; Tune: Lemmel | © 1922, renewed 1950 Singspiration Music, from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish

O God, I seek your face; my soul clings to you;
My flesh faints for you, as in a dry land where there is no water.

I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory;
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift my hands and call on your name.
For you have been my help; in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #378 
Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

Words: John Newton, 1779; st. 6 anon.; Music: 19th cent. USA Melody; harm. by Edwin O. Excell, 1900; Tune: Amazing Grace; from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

Lenten Stewardship Moment

The Honorable Judge Robert R. Reed

The Old Testament Lesson

Natalie Simmons

Isaiah 55:1-9 ​from The New Revised Standard Version

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money
    for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
    and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
    and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord,
    that he may have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon

“Divine Ways” by Isaiah Fish

Musical Reflection

Prayers of the People

Lord, in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

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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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Solo

Benediction

Choral Benediction

“God Be With You” by Derrick Byars