Thank you for joining us in worship this morning, March 29, 2020!
First, whether you are a guest, regular attender, or member, please take a moment to fill our digital Connect Card below, which lets us know who is present in worship with us. You can share any prayer requests and other needs in the Connect Card as well.
Then, at 10:00 AM, begin following each part of the worship service below. Let us worship together at the same time, in the one Holy Spirit.
We invite you to sing along with the songs throughout—the songs and hymns contain captions within the videos.
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Come, let us worship the Lord!
Welcome from Stan Cardwell, Lead Pastor
Holy Week and Easter worship is going to look and feel a lot different this year. We invite you, from wherever you find yourself, to submit a video offering that will be compiled and shared as a part of the April 5 and April 12 online worship services. We want video clips from everyone! Young and old, indoors or outdoors, pajamas or normal clothes. Instructions on what to do and how to do it are on our website: http://cumc.net/videos.
Centering Prayer—Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
O my all-merciful God and Lord, Jesus Christ, full of pity: Through Your great love You came down and became incarnate in order to save everyone. O Savior, I ask You to save me by Your grace! If You save anyone because of their works, that would not be grace but only reward of duty, but You are compassionate and full of mercy! You said, O my Christ, “Whoever believes in Me shall live and never die.”
If then, faith in You saves the lost, then save me, O my God and Creator, for I believe. Let faith and not my unworthy works be counted to me, O my God, for You will find no works which could account me righteous. O Lord, from now on let me love You as intensely as I have loved sin, and work for You as hard as I once worked for the evil one. I promise that I will work to do Your will, my Lord and God, Jesus Christ, all the days of my life and forever more. Amen.
Gathering Song—Blessed Be Your Name
Hymn of Praise – Lift High the Cross
Children’s Moment with Michelle Cardwell, Director of Children’s Ministries
Heart of Worship
The Old Testament Lesson
Hymn for the Word—Psalm 25 (to the tune of “Amazing Grace”)
The Gospel Lesson
Affirmation of Faith—Prayer by Thomas Merton
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.
Prayers of the People
The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)
- For my fellow healthcare workers. Emotions are running high. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For take this virus away and keep us safe. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For everyone to remain calm and collected. To find peace and direction. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For all the seniors in high school and college that will/may miss a graduation this year. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For all the health care workers on the frontlines and to the epidemiologists trying to find treatments and cures! Lord, hear our prayer.
- For Marilyn McKee’s cousin, Judye, in Oklahoma who has coronavirus. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For all needing prayers. Lord, hear our prayer.
- Prayers of thanks for the prayers for Ruth Ann Barclay. She is out of rehab. She is still weak though. Prayers for her and her family as they navigate the next step. Lord, hear our prayer.
- Prayers for my friend in PA, with a blood disorder. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For Greg Deffley, for healing in every way. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For Molly Casazza’s brother, Dennis Cook who has been hospitalized. Praying for healing, comfort for Dennis and strength for the family and health care providers. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For continued prayers for Mary Kress, Joy McCrady’s mother, who will begin chemo on Thursday. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For calm with my child. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the McCrady family and Joy’s Mom. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For Jim Cole. Lord, hear our prayer.
- For healing for Rachel’s kidney stone procedure and overall health. Becca may have an on going case of amoebas. Test tomorrow. Laz coming in contact with COVID positive people at CVS. Lord, hear our prayer.
May you know
The peace of God
The love of God
The justice of God
The healing and mercy of God
This day and all days
Invitation to the Offering
God of the Cross, in losing our lives we find them in you. In sharing our money and time, we receive the blessings of your Kingdom. Use these gifts toward your holy work of peace, justice, and service in the world. Amen.
Closing Song—I Will Follow
May the God of all Goodness and Mercy
follow you on this Lenten journey
and may the barren parts of your life
be made fruitful through the grace of Jesus Christ
and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.