Sunday, March 10, 2013 Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Lent

God Invites Us to Worship


Life and Work of the Church Family

Pass The Peace

Invitation to Worship:

Choral Introit:  “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me”

Extinguishing the Fourth Lenten Candle


Hymn:   VU# 232 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”

Gathering Prayer          

Sacrament of Baptism

Hymn: VU# 442 “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters”

The Scriptures Speak to Us

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-21

(the youngest son betrays his inheritance)

Psalm 32    (VU pp. 753-755)

(God is my light and my salvation)

Luke 15:22-32

(A  Loving Father and His Two Sons)


                  This is a Part of Our Story

                  Thanks be to God


God Invites Us to Respond

Offering Invitation

Presentation of our Gifts:


Offering Response: VU# 542

         We give you but your own.

         What e’er the gift may be;

         All that we have is yours alone

         We give it gratefully

Dedication Prayer 

Solo:  “Panis Angelicus”(O Lord Most Holy)

Karen Fawcet

Sacrament of Communion


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Thanks and praise be to you, O God,

for you create life out of the dust,

And sustain us even in the desert.

We thank you that in the face of every temptation and trial,

every principality and power,

you are present to direct and guide,

to renew and revive.

We praise you for sending us Jesus,

your suffering servant,

to walk before us the way of the cross,

to turn us to you and to one another.

therefore we join your long procession of pilgrims

praising you along the way:

ALL: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might.

         Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.

         Hosanna in the highest.

         Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,

         Blessed is the one who comes, comes in the name of             Hosanna in the highest.

Leader: On the night in which he was betrayed, and before he   suffered and died, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread,

When he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying,

         “Take this all of you and eat it:

         This is my body which is given up for you.”

         After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the

         blessing, and gave it to his friends, and said,

         “Drink this all of you: 

         This is the blood of the new covenant.

         It is shed for you and for many, so that sins may be

         forgiven.  Do this in memory of me.”

         Jesus gave his life for us,

         Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died

 Christ is risen

          Christ will come again.

Leader:  Recalling his death,

proclaiming his resurrection

and looking for his coming again in glory,

we offer you, O God, this bread and this cup.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us

and upon these gifts,

that all who eat and drink at this table

may be one body, one holy people,

a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(Prayers of Intercession will be offered for:

The Church

The World

The local community

Those who have died, and those left behind to mourn

All who are sick or in need

Those for whom prayers have been requested)

These and all our prayers we ask in the name of Jesus who taught his disciples to pray together.......

Lord’s Prayer: 

Fraction and Distribution

Leader:  We break the bread of Life,

People:  Lighten our darkness O God.

Leader:  We drink the cup of blessing as sustenance on our journey.

People:  God be for us strength and hope on our way.

Distribution of the Elements

Post Communion Prayer

Holy God, may the nourishment of this bread and this cup, sustain us through  this Lenten journey so we might live out the promise of our baptism, following Jesus through the depths of despair to the heights of Joy.


Hymn:  VU# 477 “I Come With Joy”

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Benediction

         Amen x 3

Today we celebrate the baptism of:

Isabella Marie Gray,  daughter of William and Leanna Gray (Cherniwchan)

We are pleased to welcome Isabella’s family and friends to worship with us today.

Next week lectionary lessons:

March 17

Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm 126  (VU p. 850)

Philippians 3:4b-14

Luke 12:1-8

Pic Ups next week March 17th   (St. Patrick’s Day)


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