Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 22, 2020

Traditional printable bulletin downloadable here: Bulletin-TL 03-22-2020 YA L4

GATHERING

Welcome, Announcements, and Gathering Music

Call to Worship 

God does not see as mortals see. We look on the outward appearance; God looks on the heart.

Jesus, Light of the World, give us eyes to see as you see!

Once we lived in darkness, but now as children of light, we are called to what is good and right and true.

Jesus, Light of the World, give us yes to see as you see!

Prayer of the Day    

Holy God, Why is it that we look, but do not see? Bring us again and again into your light until your ways become visible to us, and bear fruit in us. Touch us so that we are utterly changed, a “before” and “after,” a “now” and “then”; that we may also say, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” Lord, we believe; help our unbelief. In Christ’s light, we pray. Amen.

Song of Praise:Blind Man” 

Am             G                  F                 E7

Blind man stood on the way and he cried (clap, clap)

Blind man stood on the way and he cried (clap, clap)

Blind man stood on the way and he cried (clap, clap)

                E          E7                            Am G F    E7            Am G F   

He cried “Oh, oh, oh… Show me the Way…show me the Way…

E7                 Am G F                            E         E7            Am

show me the Way… And way to go ho-oh-ome…”  JESUS!

Invitation to Healing

Redeemer, Revealer and Giver of Mercy, hear us as we pray:

Prayer of Wholeness

Gracious God, we are people who still love darkness rather than light. We keep shameful deeds secret, but flaunt our occasional acts of virtue. We see ourselves as blameless, but pass judgment on others. We do not stand firmly enough with those who are vulnerable, but step back, protecting ourselves. Forgive us, we pray. Bring us into your light that we may see ourselves rightly. Bring us into your light that we may know ourselves loved. Bring us into your light that we may live more fruitful lives. Keep raising us, we pray, from the deadness of sin, and shine upon us with your grace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world…                                                                                                                          Please continue in silent prayer

Lenten Response: Hymn #698 “Take, O Take Me as I Am” 3x

Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us, let us also love one another. The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 

And also with you!

We invite you to share a sign of God’s Peace with all ages.

Sung Response Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This(alt. lyrics below)

                        Dm      C          Dm  C       Dm             Am

            What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,

                                                Dm  C      Dm

            What wondrous love is this, O my soul.

            C          Dm        Am     Bb           Am           Em            G

            What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss

            Dm      C          Am  C        Dm   am    Em

            To open up the eyes of my soul, of my soul,

            Am    C      ..Dm     Am   C         Dm

            That opened up the eyes of my soul!

Celebrating Holy Stories: Where We Have Seen God at Work

Response: Hymn #544 “Bless the Lord” (Repeat 3x)

TEACHING

Prayer of Illumination:

God of signs and wonders, open our ears to hear, our eyes to see, and our hearts to comprehend. Amen

Hebrew Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:1-13  

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm 23 (Sung) Arrangement by Michael Card: My Shepherd

Gospel Reading: John 9:1-41

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

A Time for Children and Others Young at Heart

Godly Play: “Seeing for the First Time” ~Pastor Scott

(Prepared text of the story: TL 3-22-2020 YA L4 Seeing for the First Time)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection.

RESPONSE TO TEACHING

Song of Response: Hymn #649 “Amazing Grace”

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.

Intercessory Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

Text for the prayers may be downloaded here: Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer can be found on p. 35 in the front of the Hymnal

Invitation to Present Our 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 during these times!

SENDING

Closing Song: “Blind Man” (John 14:6 version) Campfire Songbook p. 15

Blessing and Charge

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

                          Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Vision Statement To provide a place for people of faith to be enlightened, renewed and challenged to go into the community and world to serve others by meeting physical and spiritual needs. Mission Statement Living our faith dedicated to all God’s people through worship and action.  

 Announcements:

Virtual Session Meeting Monday, 3/23/2020 by Zoom Conference. Pastor Scott’s Zoom Room: Meeting ID: 359 778 5766 or, via website: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3597785766

 

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