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Order of Worship: March 28

Preservice Music

Welcome to Worship

Praise Song: 344 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the keeper of the covenant, the source of steadfast love, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.

God hears us when we cry, and draws us close in Jesus Christ. Let us return to the one who is full of compassion.

Fountain of living water,

pour out your mercy over us. Our sin is heavy, and we long to be free. Rebuild what we have ruined and mend what we have torn. Wash us in your cleansing flood. Make us alive in the Spirit to follow in the way of Jesus, as healers and restorers of the world you so love. Amen.

Beloved, God’s word never fails. The promise rests on grace: by the saving love of Jesus Christ, the wisdom and power of God, your sins are ☩ forgiven, and God remembers them no more. Journey in the way of Jesus. Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord God has given me   the tongue of a teacher,  that I may know how to sustain   the weary with a word.  Morning by morning he wakens—   wakens my ear   to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear,   and I was not rebellious,   I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me,   and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;  I did not hide my face   from insult and spitting. 7The Lord God helps me;   therefore I have not been disgraced;  therefore I have set my face like flint,   and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near.  Who will contend with me?   Let us stand up together.  Who are my adversaries?   Let them confront me. 9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;   who will declare me guilty?

Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God,   did not regard equality with God   as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself,   taking the form of a slave,   being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself   and became obedient to the point of death—   even death on a cross. 9Therefore God also highly exalted him   and gave him the name   that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus   every knee should bend,   in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess   that Jesus Christ is Lord,   to the glory of God the Father.


Children’s Message


Hymn: 351 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Statement of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

Prayers of Intercession

Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

In Jesus you came among us as a suffering servant. Give your church humility. Redeem your people from pride and the certainty that we always know your will. Heal us and empower us to confess Christ crucified. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In creation, life springs from death. Redeem your creation awaiting resurrection: restore lost habitats and endangered species. Create new possibilities for areas affected by climate change (especially), grant relief from natural disasters (especially), and nurture new growth. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Jesus was handed over to the powers of this world. In all nations, instruct the powerful, that they would not exploit their power but maintain justice. Sustain soldiers, and guide those who command them, that they serve those in greatest need. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

On the cross Jesus joined all who feel forsaken. Abide with those who are condemned to death. Defend those who are falsely accused. Console and strengthen those who are mocked or bullied. Accompany all who suffer (especially) see Prayer List ; grant respite and renewal. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You called followers to tend Jesus’ body in death. Sustain hospice workers and funeral directors. Bless this congregation’s ministries at times of death: those who plan and lead funerals, those who prepare meals, all who offer support in grief. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

See Prayer List

You inspired the centurion to confess Jesus as your Son. We praise you for the faith you have given to people of all places and times. Give us also such faith to trust the promises of baptism and, with them, to look for the resurrection of the dead. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Offering—something to this effect

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. If your giving is automated using Vanco, we thank you also.




COMMUNION HYMN: 353 Were You There



The Lord’s Prayer

Sending Hymn: 347 Go To Dark Gethsemane


Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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