March 7th, 2021 ~ 10:30 AM ~ 3rd Sunday in Lent
Leading us today in Worship
Minister: Rev. Leslie Searles
Music Director: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader and Scripture Reader: Margaret Tirpkoff
XLIII “Praeludium” from Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Doctor Bull
GREETING (2 Cor 13:13)
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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CALL TO WORSHIP
The heavens declare the glory of God!
Sun and moon, planets and stars,
Without a sound, they proclaim the wonder of God’s creation.
To the ends of the earth and the far reaches of the galaxies,
God’s goodness abounds!
Come and join the chorus of creation;
Come and worship God!
God of Life, we celebrate you in the wonder of creation and the beauty of the universe that call us to amazement and gratitude. Heaven touches earth all around us, inspiring awe and calling us to worship and wonder. We celebrate you in the wonder of our own creation. Heaven touches us in the love we share with others; love that can bring out the best in all of us. Like a reflection of the laws of the universe, your law for us calls us into human relationships aligned with your vision for abundant life. Grant that our love mirrors your transformative intentions for all creation, so that all creation flourishes. Amen.
Hymn (VU #530) All Beautiful the March of Days
All beautiful the march of days,
as seasons come and go;
the hand that shaped the rose has wrought
the crystal of the snow,
has sent the silvery frost of heaven,
the flowing waters sealed,
and laid a silent loveliness
on hill and wood and field.
O’er white expanses sparkling pure
the radiant morns unfold;
the solemn splendours of the night
burn brighter through the cold;
life mounts in every throbbing vein,
love deepens round the hearth,
and clearer sounds the angel hymn,
good will to all on earth.
O God, from whose unfathomed law
the year in beauty flows,
yourself the vision passing by in crystal
and in rose;
day unto day declare through speech,
and night to night proclaim
in ever-changing words of light
the wonder of your name.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy One, we confess that it is challenging for us to give you our fullest attention – even in this time that we set aside for this very purpose. When we worship at home, the demands of our lives crowd around us. It can be hard for us to withdraw to the still and quiet centre of our hearts … the still and quiet centre where we can hear your word for us. Throughout all time, your word has been steadfast: that we reach out from loving hearts to tend to the needs of others. Forgive us for those times when our preoccupation with our own needs have contributed to the exploitation of our neighbours, rather than to their well-being.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE As Christians, we are called to know God; to love God. We are taught that to do that, we must love our neighbours. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are freed to love because we know we are loved. Grace and peace to you. Amen.
Exodus 20: 1-17 The Ten Commandments (NRSV)
Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Gospel Reading John 2:13-22 Jesus Cleanses the Temple (NRSV)
The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!” His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The authorities then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” They then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
Variations sérieuses (selected) Felix Mendelssohn
We honour all the ways we give as we dedicate our offering.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious God, we proclaim your goodness and celebrate your presence in our lives. Accept our offerings of thanksgiving and bless our intentions to reveal your love in the world you have created. May our actions invite others to know you so that they, too, may love you. Grant that our offerings and our lives further your purposes in the world. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The Peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Think of one person with whom you would like to share the peace of Christ. You can also share the peace by typing in the chat box.
MUSIC for PASSING the PEACE “Gavotte” and “Musette” from English Suite #3 J.S. Bach
HYMN (VU #625) I Feel the Winds of God
I feel the winds of God today;
today my sail I lift,
though heavy oft with drenching spray
and torn with many a rift;
if hope but light the water’s crest,
and Christ my bark will use,
I’ll seek the seas at his behest,
and brave another cruise.
It is the wind of God that dries
my vain, regretful tears,
until with braver thoughts shall rise
the purer brighter years;
If cast on shores of selfish ease
or pleasure I should be,
O let me feel your freshening breeze,
and I’ll put back to sea.
If ever I forget your love and
how that love was shown,
lift high the blood red flag above;
it bears your name alone.
Great pilot of my onward way,
you will not let me drift.
I feel the winds of God today;
today my sail I lift.
Choral Response Go Now in Peace
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true,
Know God will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, * within, around, above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
Amen, amen, amen.
* alternate words: watching from above
In response to congregation feedback, the Worship Committee has decided that, a sending or blessing other than Go Now in Peace will be sung one Sunday a Month.
“Gigue” from English Suite J.S. Bach
LITURGY SOURCES: The following are used with permission: Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, Prayer of Dedication, Prayers of the People, and Benediction written by Rev. Leslie Searles
HYMNS and SUNG VERSES
“All Beautiful the March of Days” - Words: Frances Whitmarsh Wile 1911, alt. Music: English traditional melody, Ralph Vaughn Williams 1905 Harmony by permission of Oxford University Press. Used by permission. One License #608577
“I Feel the Winds of God“ - Words: Jesse Adams 1907,alt. Music: English and Irish traditional melody; Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams 1906. Words copyright © 1933 National Adult School Organization. Arrangement by permission of Oxford University Press. Used by permission. One License #608577 -
“Go Now in Peace.” - Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. © 1988 Harold Flammer Music, Inc. Alternate words used with permission. One License #608577. Lyric adaptations with permission of Hal Leonard Corporation. Used by permission, One License #608577 Used by permission, CCLI license #11203479 Scripture Passage from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
Prelude: XLIII “Praeludium” from Fitzwilliam Virginall Book. Doctor Bull
Musical Interlude: Variations sérieuses (selected) Felix Mendelssohn
Music for Passing of the Peace: “Gavotte” and “Musette” from English Suite #3 J.S. Bach
Postlude: “Gigue” from English Suite #3 J.S. Bach