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Webster United Church of Christ--March 3, 2024

Third Sunday in Lent

Communion Sunday

“Broken crayons still color”

What will you do?

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

Welcome 

WE INVITE GOD’S PRESENCE INTO OUR HEARTS

 

Ringing of the Bell

 

Gathering Music

 

Centering Music “Sanctuary”

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.

 

Moment of Silence

 

*Call to Worship

One:     God planted a vineyard and equipped it with everything it needed to bear wonderful fruit.

All:       God put us in charge of the vineyard, to tend and nurture the growing plants.

One:     Our children, our friends, our neighbors, our communities: these are the vines.

All:       We, too, are vines to be stewarded by others.

One:     We must always remember that none of us owns the vineyard.

All:       We must always serve one another in mutual love, respect, and a genuine desire for the other’s flourishing.

One:     So that when God returns to the vineyard,

All:       God will find all God’s children whole and healthy, and rejoicing in God’s goodness.

 

*Opening Hymn #400 “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation,” vs. 1 & 3

 

*Opening Prayer (Unison)

Gracious God, you created all that is, and everything is indelibly stamped with your holy signature. Make us to be careful stewards of all you entrust to us, that we might return it to you joyfully, knowing we have done our best to care for and keep it out of love for you. Amen.

 

Children’s Time 

One:   People of God, what is your prayer for our youth?

All:      Our prayer is that they grow up to be like Jesus--strong and brave,

            full of grace and truth! And, we pray that we will help them.  Amen.

Shared Prayer:  Prayer of Jesus (sins)

Unison Singing (while youth depart) “This Little Light of Mine” #524

 

WE PRAYERFULLY ENTRUST OURSELVES TO GOD

 

Silent Prayer of Confession

 

Words of Encouragement

God whose unfathomable love went to the cross for our sake now forgives us all our sins and welcomes us all over again into the promise of eternal life in Christ’s name.

 

Prayers of the People

 

Congregational Response “Be Still and Know” #743

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD 

Scripture   Psalm 86:8-13; *Mark 12:1-12 [13-17]

 

Message 

COMMUNION

God calls, and we follow. But first, receive the Holy Spirit. Be fed with this bread and cup, and gain strength for the journey ahead. Join in the feast of the forgiven, and come exactly as you are, for God has need of one like you.

 

Blessing of the Elements and Sharing of the Elements

 

Closing Communion Prayer 

All:  God of all that is too deep for words, we give you thanks that, at this table of grace, you offer your holiness, your steadfast love. Open us often to your Selah, your pause, to hear the needs of your people. We pray this in the name of the Host of this Table, Jesus the Christ.  Amen. 

  

WE OFFER GRATITUDE TO GOD

 

Invitation to Give and Share 

Loving God, we give to the emperor the things that are the emperors, and to you the things that are yours—which is everything. Accept these gifts as a sign of our commitment to the work of bringing the reign of God near in our communities and the world.

 

Gathering of Gifts

 

*Song of Praise “We Give You but Your Own” #785

We give you but your own, what e’er the gift may be; all that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.

 

*Prayer of Commitment (unison)

God of love, as we walk together through this season of contemplation and preparation, we see where we have lived as though you are not our God.  We have sought after our own gain rather than the good of all.  We have not loved you or our neighbors as ourselves.  We have betrayed and denied you in what we have done and not done.  Create in us clean hearts, O God, that we might become what you have called us to be.  Amen.

 

WE GO FORTH AS GOD’S PEOPLE

 

*Closing Hymn #448 “Take My Life, God, Let it Be,” vs. 1 & 4

 

*Blessing

 

*Blessing Response #809 “God Be with You”

 

Sending Music 

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