Worship March 21, 2021; the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Open Crocus and Stone

Download and print a bulletin for Mt. Tabor worship here: MT Bulletin TL 3-21-2021 L5 (Booklet)

Download and print a bulletin for Trout Lake worship here: Bulletin-TL 03-21-2021 L5 (Booklet)


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

Gathering Music / Mt. Tabor Prelude: “Seek Ye First” ~ Pastor Scott

Seek Ye First

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” arr. Fred Bock (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Call to Worship

Jesus said, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself.”

Blessed be the God of our salvation who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.

Let us pray together: 

Prayer of the Day    

Holy God, by the cross and resurrection of Jesus, you lift the suffering world toward hope and transformation and open the way to eternal salvation.  As we move ever closer to the passion of Christ, may your law of love be written on our hearts as he draws all people to himself revealing your love for the world.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise Glory to God Hymnal #69 “Here I Am, Lord”           

Invitation to Healing

Let us pray for healing, offering to God all that is broken about us; for God’s mercy is everlasting.

Prayer of Wholeness

Redeeming God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart, and have not loved our neighbors as we ought; we have strayed from your commandments.  Do not remember our sins, but forgive our iniquities, that we may fix our eyes on you and sin no more, through Christ our Lord.         Please continue in silent prayer

Lenten Hymn: “Take, O Take Me Lord of Allarr. Scott T. Crane (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

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.

Lenten Response #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Song of Response: The “Thank You, God!” Song ~ Pastor Scott TL Campfire Songbook p. 22

Thank You, God Song


Prayer of Illumination:

Your Word, O God, has power to change our lives and to create a whole new world.  As we meditate on your word this day, fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we may treasure your word with our whole hearts and fix our eyes on you. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16

9  How can young people keep their way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10  With my whole heart I seek you;
do not let me stray from your commandments.
11  I treasure your word in my heart,
so that I may not sin against you.
12  Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes.
13  With my lips I declare
all the ordinances of your mouth.
14  I delight in the way of your decrees
as much as in all riches.
15  I will meditate on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16  I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

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

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10 (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
6as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

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

Gospel Reading: John 12:20-33

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

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

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

Reflection: “A Christian’s Priestly Office” ~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection


Song of Response: “Sanctuary” (3x; second time with optional harmony) (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure & holy, tried & true

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you.

Hymn of Response: Glory to God Hymnal #692 “Spirit, Open My Heart” (Wild Mountain Thyme) (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 13:34

Jesus said: “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: “Within This Strange and Quickened Dust” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, from Glimpses of Grace        

O God, within this strange and quickened dust

The beating heart controls the coursing blood

In discipline that holds in check the flood

But cannot stem corrosion and dark rust.

In flesh’s solitude I count it blest

That only you, my Lord, can see my heart

With passion’s darkness tearing it apart

With storms of self, and tempests of unrest.

But your love breaks through blackness, bursts with light;

We separate ourselves, but you rebind

In Dayspring all our fragments; body, mind,

And spirit join, unite against the night.

Healed by your love, corruption and decay

Are turned, and whole, we greet the light of day.[1]

[1] Madeleine L’Engle, Glimpses of Grace (San Francisco, Ca: Crosswickts, Ltd., Harper Collins Publishers, 1996), 72-73.    


Closing Hymn #546 “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”

Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the covenant you establish 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.

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).


May the road rise to meet you, may the sun be always at your back; may the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may the deep peace of the running wave be yours and the soft wind bear you up on Spirit wings. Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin.

Congregational Song “Go Now in Peace” (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Go now in peace, go now in peace.  May the love of God

surround you!  Everywhere, everywhere you may go!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Lenten Study Questions: Fifth Sunday in Lent March 21, 2021

Read John 12:20-33 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections on the following:

Personalized Questions

What does it mean to you that if you choose to serve Christ, you must follow him? What does it mean to follow him for you?  All the way to a cross?

What does it mean to you to lose your life to gain it?

For you, would it be worth being honored by God to lose your life?

What is your cross?

If you were to personalize this same path to the wider body of Christ, the Church, what would that look like to you?

What would that look like for: (fill in your worshiping community) …

Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church?

Trout Lake First Presbyterian Church?

Presbytery of the Cascades?

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