*Call to Worship
Leader: Jesus had confidence in life after death. That
confidence can be ours.
People: The grief felt at Lazarus’ death was overcome by
the reassurance of Jesus.
Leader: He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
People: In raising Lazarus, Jesus demonstrated that death
is not beyond the hope found in resurrection.
Leader: We are strengthened in our faith by the mighty
acts of Jesus.
People: We are given courage and confidence by the power of
God to overcome our worst fears. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise
on Me, Breath of God”
Observing Lent through Symbols—Crown of Thorns
Lord Jesus, we hate
being humiliated, yet it is as nothing compared with yours
on that first
Good Friday. Enable all your people to withstand
humiliation, but especially if it is for your sake, we
Leader: …in your
Responds: “Lord, hear our prayer.”
WE TALK TO GOD
Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
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,
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord
Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving
“Doxology” UMH #95
Special Music and Testimonies
8:6-11 page 1029
do we stand in this story?”
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Prayer of Confession
O God, we are not
very good at facing up to the idea of death -- of dying to
our own plans, to our attachment to the things of this
world, to our trust in ourselves. We so quickly turn away
from Jesus' call to lay down our lives for the sake of the
gospel. Yet we know it is only in our dying to self that we
experience new life in him. If only we could believe! Help
Assurance of Pardon
“In the Garden”
*Dismissal With Blessing
Sunday, April 2
Worship—Fifth Sunday of Lent
Register for Summer camp in the Ministry building
2-4:30 p.m. Lay
Servant Classes at Saegertown
Tuesday, April 4
1:00 or 7:00 p.m. Lenten Study “Final Words”
5:30-7:30 p.m. Girl
Scouts at San Juan
6-8:30 p.m. Lay
Servant Classes at Asbury Waterford
Wednesday, April 5
9 a.m. Pick up food at Second
12:30-2 p.m. Food
Saturday, April 8
a.m. Men’s Lenten Breakfast at Wesley UMC
Sunday, April 9
Summer camp Registration in the Ministry building
p.m. Movie “Risen” shown at Glenwood UMC
11 No Girl Scouts at San Juan
Thursday, April 13
p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion Service
Friday, April 14
p.m. Good Friday Service at Lakewood UMC
Sunday, April 16
9:00 a.m. Outdoor gathering in front
9:30 a.m. Easter Worship Celebration
worship—Children’s Easter Celebration
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR LENT
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always
and everywhere to give thanks to you, almighty God,
creator of heaven and earth. You brought all things
into being and called them good. From the dust of the
earth you formed us into your image and breathed into
us the breath of life.
we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained
steadfast. When rain fell upon the earth for forty days and
forty nights, you bore up the ark on the waters, saved Noah
and his family, and made covenant with every living creature
you led your people to Mount Sinai for forty days and forty
nights, you gave us your commandments and made us your
your people forsook your covenant, your prophet Elijah
fasted for forty days and forty nights; and on your holy
mountain, he heard your still small voice.
so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Pastor: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus
Christ. When you gave him to save us from our sin, your
Spirit led him into the wilderness, where he fasted forty
days and forty nights to prepare for his ministry.
he suffered and died on a cross for our sin, you raised him
to life, presented him alive to the apostles during forty
days, and exalted him at your right hand.
the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you
gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin
and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the
when we your people prepare for the yearly feast of Easter,
you lead us to repentance for sin and the cleansing of our
hearts, that during these forty days of Lent we may be
gifted and graced to reaffirm the covenant you made with us
On the night in which he gave himself up for
us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave
it to his disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body
which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
When the supper was over he took the cup, gave
thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Drink
from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus
Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a
holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering
for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:
People: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come
Pastor: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them
be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may
be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one
with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until
Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy
Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours,
almighty God, now and forever.