Third Sunday in Lent, Revised Common Lectionary Year A
Original bulletin for the order of worship*: Bulletin-TL 03-15-2020 YA L3. *Note: Scrolling down below through the parts of worship some changes will be evident from prepared materials. We are making the best of what we have!
Lighting the Christ Candle, Singing, Call to Worship, Prayers, Holy Stories
Prayer of Illumination: Let us pray: Teach us something today, O God. Especially as we are separated one from another. In Christ we pray, Amen.
Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 17:1-7 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 5:1-11 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: John 4:5-42 “The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
A Time for the Young at Heart: “Who is at the Well?” Based on John 4:5-42 ~Pastor Scott
TL 3-15-2020 YA L3 Who is at the Well (Link for downloadable text of the story; please note that text in the prepared materials will differ somewhat from the actual live presentation.)
Response to the Teaching
Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from Psalm 95:6-7; may be sung
Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our God our Maker! For the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture, and the sheep of God’s hand; and the sheep of God’s hand.
Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer:
Saving God, John 4:14
You are the giver of living water, the source of deepest compassion, the fountain of eternal life. Therefore we pray to you: Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all who are thirsty for a life of meaning, John 4:5–42
Thirsty for a word of grace, thirsty for a drink of water . . . Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all who are weary from life’s long journey,
weary from quarreling and testing, Exod. 17:1–7
weary from pain or grief . . .Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all who are broken by sin and suffering, Rom. 5:1–11
Broken by hard disappointment, broken by acts of violence . . . Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Living God, through your Spirit, Rom. 5:5, Hab. 2:14
Pour your love into our hearts, your grace into our lives, your healing into our world, until the earth is filled with your glory. We pray all this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray saying:
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.
Invitation to present tithes and offerings. In the absence of our physical gathering, the church still has budgetary needs to consider. With true generosity of heart, please make out checks in the amount of your normal tithe (for official members traditionally this is anywhere from 3-10% of your income as you are able) or for nonmembers whatever is laid on your heart to be your regular offering to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. The Church leadership will consider what to do for online giving options at its next virtual Session meeting. Thank you for your commitment to our ministry!
Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
O Lord, you are our God; Ps. 95:7; John 4:34
We are the people of your pasture, the sheep of your hand. As you have fed us by your mercy, may it be our daily bread to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Charge and Blessing
The hour is coming and is now here. John 4:23
Go forth to worship the Lord your God in spirit and in truth, in all that you say and do: in your home, online, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord takes you during this time.