March 17, 2019
WE GATHER TO PRAISE and SERVE GOD
Prelude: “Wither Thou Goest” Martin
“I Then Shall Live” arr. M Hayes
Call to Worship
Leader: We gather this morning as servants of God;
People: called to care for and minister to each other.
Leader: As we strive to be more like the Lord,
People: we seek ways to help and encourage
Leader: Today and every day we find ourselves in the
world, surrounded by the lost and broken. God asks us
to see them through the eyes of a compassionate
ALL: Let us serve as we worship God.
Praise Hymn “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Dear Lord, You call us to reach out to others, but we pull back in fear and distrust. You ask us to see those in need as You see them: children of God; yet we often don’t see them at all. You expect us to serve as needed, when needed, yet we want to pick and choose who we help. We decide when serving best fits into our schedules. Help us to see the need without looking for the best causes. Help us to listen to the longings without finding excuses. Help us to act without judging…(Silent time of prayer)
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: God’s grace extends to all who believe. It is not restricted, but freely given to both the poor in possessions and the poor in spirit. No one deserves God’s mercy, but we all receive it.
ALL: Thanks be to God!
* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
Message “Who We Are: Service” Dr. Jonathan Sloan
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
Offertory Anthem “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Handbells arr. J Purifoy
Hymn #749 vs. 1,2 “Come! Live in the Light!”
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE
Let our worship continue as we serve our community