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Bulletin for March 15, 2015
Morningside Staff

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WORSHIP MARCH 15 2015
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

 

THE GATHERING  Drew Stockstill

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

 

THE PRELUDE  Adagio from Symphony No. 3  Louis Vierne

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come into his presence with singing.

People: Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Leader: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

People: For the Lord is good, his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Leader: Let us worship the triune God, who creates, redeems and sustains us. - Psalm 100

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 483  Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God, you are the same from age to age. In every age, your people have sought to know you and to know your mind and your will for us. And in every age, we have had times when what we have said and done reflected the way you would have us live. And, we have also had times when what we have said and done did not reflect the way you would have us live. Through it all, you remain faithful to us. And so we confess our sins knowing that we rest in your abiding goodness, assured of your love for us all. Hear our prayers as we make them in Jesus’ name and for his sake. Amen.

 

THE KYRIE  (Hymn 572)

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

A MOMENT OF SILENCE  (for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession)

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

People: Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Leader: Believe the Promise of the Gospel:

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! - Philippians 2:5-11

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  (Hymn 371)

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name. O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree, your death has brought us life eternally. Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name.

 

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST

(Children ages 3-10 are invited to leave after the Peace of Christ for special classes. Threes, fours & fives are in Room 011; K-1sr grade in Room 001; 2nd-3rd grade in Room 003; 4th-5th grade in Room 005).

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)

 

THE GOSPEL LESSON  John 3:14-21  (page 88 in the pew Bible, NT)

 

THE ANTHEM  God So Loved the World  John Stainer

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. - John 3:16-17

 

THE EPISTLE LESSON  Ephesians 2:1-10  (page 181 in the pew Bible, NT)

 

THE SERMON  “We Are What He Has Made Us”  Baron Mullis

 

*THE HYMN 554  Let All Things Now Living  (verse 1)

 

*THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

THE 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.

 

THE OFFERTORY  Wondrous Love  arr. Joel Raney, Arnold B. Sherman

Handbell Choir (Jeff Peters, director); Derek Matthews, piano

 

THE LITANY OF DEDICATION OF PLEDGES TO
STANDING AND SERVING FOR GENERATIONS

Pastor: We are members together of Christ’s family of faith in this place. Bound together by Christ’s command to love one another as he has loved us, we give and receive nurture and support and are enabled to respond to God’s call in our lives.

Associate Pastor: Thanking God for the blessings we have through this community, we give of ourselves and our substance to uphold the life of this congregation and assist its growth in mission and ministry.

Congregation: Accept these pledges as tokens of the life, labor and love of this congregation, offered to the glory of God and for the work of Christ’s church in the world.

During the singing of Hymn #467, How Great Thou Art, members are invited to place their pledge cards for Standing and Serving for Generations on the communion table. If anyone is unable to bring their pledge forward, ushers will happily assist.

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF PLEDGES AND OFFERINGS (Hymn 592)

 

*THE HYMN 416  Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Benediction and Sevenfold Amen  K. Lee Scott

 

*THE POSTLUDE  Finale from Symphony No. 3  Louis Vierne

 

*(The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.)

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