Worship March 14, 2021; the Fourth Sunday in Lent

IMG_5155THE GATHERING

Download and Print Mt. Tabor Bulletin here: MT Bulletin TL 3-14-2021 L4 (Booklet)

Download and Print Trout Lake Bulletin here: Bulletin-TL 03-14-2021 L4 (Booklet)

Gathering Music: “Come into God’s Presence” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Centering with Bowl and Flame (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Prelude: “Blessed Assurance” arr. Jane Clarke, Photography Pastor Scott (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Prelude: “The Old Rugged Cross” arr. Fred Bock (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Call to Worship

O Give thanks to the Lord, who is good;

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Almighty God, through Jesus Christ you bring salvation to the world.  Give us strength to believe in him that we may share in his victory over the power of death and fulfill the purpose for which you have made us, for he dwells with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise PH #461 GtG #409 “God is Here!”    

Invitation to Healing

The Light has come into the world, for people loved darkness rather than light.  Let us uncover our faults before the liberating light of Christ.  Let us pray together:

Prayer of Wholeness

Merciful God, we confess our folly and the hypocrisy of our complaints.  We grumble about the evils in our world, even as injustices and profit come through deceit.  We fret about the scarcity of resources while hoarding earth’s goodness.  We protest the problems of our world, but we do not actively work to address them.  We pray for the poor, but don’t meet them face to face.  Merciful God, expose our faults before the light of your grace.  Heal us and free us from our foolish ways that we me know the joy of your life in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

Lenten Hymn: “Create in Me a Clean Heart” Campfire Songbook p. 32 ~ Pastor Scott

Assurance of Pardon 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 through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

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

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Merciful God, your Word is our way of truth and life.  Create in us hearts that are clean and put your Holy Spirit within us, so that we may receive your grace and declare your praise forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9

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

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

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

Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21

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

Participatory Reflection on the Gospel ~ (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM) Facilitated by Pastor Scott

Reflection: A Lenten Cosmology (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM) ~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Hymn: GtG #223 “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 13:34

                           “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

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

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Thank you for your commitment and your generosity during this past year of the ongoing life of our worshiping community. Your continued tithing practice and stewardship of our life together is precious. You can send checks to the church.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Transfiguration” ~ Madeleine L’Engle [1]

“Suddenly they saw him the way he was,

The way he really was all the time,

Although they had never seen it before,

The glory which blinds the everyday eye

And becomes invisible. This is how

He was, radiant, brilliant, carrying joy

Like a flaming sun in his hands.

This is the way he was – is – from the beginning,

And we cannot bear it. So he manned himself,

Came manifest to us; and there on the mountain

They saw him, really saw him, saw his light.

We all know that if we really see him we die.

But isn’t that what is required of us?

Then, perhaps, we will see each other.”

Doxology Using Glory to God Hymn #606 text from #607

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the covenant you established with Abraham and Sarah, which you have opened to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Accept these offerings with the dedication of our lives, that we may be for the world a sign of your abiding love and a testament to your enduring promise. In Christ, by the power of the holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God, now and forever.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #47 “For the Beauty of the Earth”

Lenten Charge:

The Lord Jesus said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

Benediction:

May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

[1]Madeleine L’Engle with Carole F. Chase, Glimpses of Grace (San Francisco, CA: Crosswicks, Ltd., Harper Collins Publishers, 1996), 63-64.

Lenten Study Questions: Fourth Sunday in Lent

For Trout Lake’s Lenten Bible Study, we will discuss your thoughts Monday, March 15th at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room; see below for questions. Read John 3:14-21 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections on the following:

Informational Questions

Who is speaking in this text?

Who is listening?

When does this take place?

Analytical Questions

In your opinion, what is the most startling thing said in this monologue?

Is there a particular part that makes no sense to you at all?

How can one tell “what is true?”

How can one tell if they have “come to the light?”

Expanding the pericope back to the beginning of chapter 3, why do you suppose this took place at night?

Why do you suppose the RCL skipped all the introduction material?

In your opinion, was Nicodemus sent by the other Pharisees or did he go on his own?

Do you think anyone else might have been there listening in to this teaching?

Personalized Questions

In your opinion, why is 3:16 such a popularly memorized verse?  What does it mean to you?

If you were Nicodemus, what would you have done?

What if you were a disciple present listening, would there be something you would want to ask in clarification?

If there is one central message from this text that speaks to your heart, what is it?

Can you identify if some of your deeds are done “in the light” or not?  Is there anything you need to change to be more “in the light?”

Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above.

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