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Third Sunday in Lent
MARCH 15, 2020 11:00 a.m.

PRELUDE Allegro non troppo in A minor       Alexandre Guilmant

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 

GATHERING WORDS (Responsive)
Jesus met the blind man at the city gate, and the crowds at the edge of the sea.
Jesus meets us here.
Jesus met the leper in his pain and the Samaritan woman in her isolation.
So with confidence we declare—
Jesus meets us here.
For we too are the fearful and the broken, the hurting and the bleeding.
Jesus meets our scars, our fears, our prayers, and our dreams.
So you are welcome here.
Jesus meets us here.

PRAYER OF PRAISE
O God, you are beyond the confines of space and you exist everywhere we can go. You meet us when we gather physically in a sanctuary, and you meet us when we gather in spirit from our homes. No matter where we are, no matter where we’ve been, you welcome us. So we come together now, joining our hearts, minds, and spirits to praise you, in Christ’s name. Amen.

*HYMN  #410 “God is Calling Through” W Zlobie Lezy 

God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit’s deepest sighs,
Through the thrill of sudden beauties that can catch us by surprise.
Flash of lightning, crash of thunder, hush of stillness, rush of wonder:
God is calling – can you hear? God is calling – can you hear?

God is calling through the voices of our neighbors’ urgent prayers,
Through their longing for redemption and for rescue from despair.
Place of hurt or face of needing; strident cry or silent pleading:
God is calling – can you hear? God is calling – can you hear?

God is calling through the music of sublime and human arts,
Through the hymns of earth and angels, and the carols of our hearts.
Lift of joy and gift of singing; days and nights our praises bringing:
God is calling – and we hear! God is calling – and we hear!

CALL TO RECONCILIATION

Confession (Unison)

Gracious God,
When it comes to our faith, we know we could learn from the Samaritan woman
who ran through the streets singing your name.
So forgive us for the times when we remain silent
about what our faith means to us.
Forgive us for the times when we choose comfort over bravery.
And forgive us for the times we shut people out,
missing opportunities to run into you.
Teach us to be brave like the Samaritan woman,
and saturate our thirst for that which leaves us thirsty.
With hope and gratitude we confess.
With hope and gratitude we pray. Amen.

Silence is kept for Personal Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness 

PASSING THE PEACE

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION 

SCRIPTURE     Romans 5:1-11 pg. 155

ANTHEM  

SCRIPTURE     John 4:5-29  pg. 241

SERMON                 Connecting in the Wilderness              The Reverend Stacey Midge

*HYMN  #479             “Ho, All Who Thirst” Jacob’s Well

Refrain:
Ho, all who thirst,
come now to the water,
And all whose souls are parched
and weary, come and drink.
Ho, all who thirst, come now to the water,
And from your heart will flow
a never failing spring.

Verse 1:
For the Lamb will be our shepherd and will guide us
To the wellsprings of the water of life.

Verse 2:
All who come make take this gift of living water.
They will thirst no more, for they will be filled.

PASTORAL PRAYER 

CALL FOR OFFERING
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BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE “Fugue in F Minor” G.F. Handel

 

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