Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
One: People of God, do you thirst? Do you hunger, on this Lenten journey?
Many: Our souls long for the quenching relief of right relationship and just living. Our spirits crave the satiating pleasure of knowing all are well and safe.
One: People of the Way, come! We are invited to drink deeply from the well of the glory of God! We are invited to be renewed by the ever-flowing grace of God’s forgiveness and welcome.
Many: But how much will this cost? How can we afford such luxury and gift?
One: The glory of God is ours by our births – an inheritance for our humanity. There is no material cost. God gives to us out of love and delight.
Many: Then how shall we respond to such love and kindness?
All : Let us respond in faithful worship and offer our very selves – our hearts devoted, and our minds renewed – in thanksgiving for God’s great favor.
One: Come, let us worship!
“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” UMH 717
God of table and God of open door, thank you for your invitation. You feed the deep places in our spirits and speak words that evoke turning for the good. Send your Spirit to guide us in turning toward and trusting in you. Amen.
Prayer of confession
One: Your ways are not our ways, Holy One.
All : Our ways lead us to desire material gain and social standing.
One: Your ways remind us that our greatest strength comes from love.
All : Our ways ask, who is the greatest sinner? Who deserves more good?
One: Your ways call us to recognize all brokenness and strive to heal it.
All : Our ways claim that your love is evident by our wealth and privilege.
One: Your ways reveal that your love is true for all humanity and in all creation.
All : Our ways are often a struggle for control and certainty – unwilling to risk our comforts and safety.
One: Your ways are an invitation to let go and be willing to risk suffering to be part of your redeeming love on earth.
All : Our ways, we see more clearly now, are not your ways. Forgive us, we pray. And help us to find Your way, as we journey together this road tread by Jesus himself, our savior and guide. Lead us, we pray. Amen.
Words of affirmation
People of God, let us allow our thirst to lead us to God’s loving grace. Be assured, children of God, that we are offered forgiveness in abundance – ever flowing with new life. Amen.
Children’s Moment Do You See What I See?
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
Giver of All Mercy, we ache for a sense of your presence in our world. We, like many before us, are tempted by the pleasures and easy answers of the cultures in which we live. We know that our great joy and fulfillment is in your love and grace, and our most faithful living is in our ability to share and create wholeness. Pour into our lives anew; nourish our spirits afresh; touch our souls with your hand and help us to find our way. Be with us on this journey as we worship, we pray. Amen.
Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 22:1-14 NT p. 24
Message Fed by the Glory
Isaiah 55:1-9 OT p.685
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“O How He Loves You and Me” TFWS 2108
*The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day he arose from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Invitation to the Table UMH p. 12
*Doxology & Prayer
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Great Thanksgiving UMH p. 13
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Receiving the bread and cup
“Standing On the Promises” UMH 374
“Where Ever He Leads I’ll Go”
UMH – United Methodist Hymnal found in your pew rack
TFWS – The Faith We Sing (little black book in pew rack)
NT – New Testament, toward the back of the Bible
OT – Old Testament, toward the beginning of the Bible
*Please stand as able
Nursery available for children 3 and under.