Sunday, March 22, 2020

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MESSAGE

CHILDREN'S SERMON


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where you can read prayer requests and upcoming announcements.

9:00 a.m. Worship Bulletin

THE ORDER OF CELEBRATION

Fourth Sunday of Lent


Gathering Celebration

 

Welcome and Greeting

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*Call to Worship (http://www.bruceprewer.com/)

One: Lent is not a time for being miserable, but for taking stock and resetting our aims for following Christ.

Many: Loving God, in you we trust, let us never fool ourselves.

One: Lent is an opportunity for healthy repentance-repentance for our indifference in face of the permeating evil of the world, repentance for personal sins which we have glossed over as “mere foibles.”

Many: According to your loving kindness, remember me, God of goodness and saving grace.

One: Lent is a time for joy; the exhilaration that comes-from defying temptations, from turning our face to the light that shines on the narrow path of Christ Jesus, from walking into adverse winds and enjoying small victories day by day.

Many: Make me to know your ways, O God, teach me your paths, for you are the God of my salvation and my true happiness.

 

*The Opening Hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth" #92 UMH

(Look this up in a hymnal and sing it or find it online.)

 

Investing in our Community

Write and mail a check to the church office or try out online giving at collegehillumc.org/donations.

Thank you for your continued investment in the ministries of College Hill.

 

*Doxology #95 UMH (tune)

Praise God, the Love we all may share,

Praise God, the Beauty everywhere,

Praise God, the Hope of good to be,

Praise God, the Truth that makes us free. Amen

 

A Time for Prayer and Reflection

 

The Invitation into Prayer and Reflection

Time For Silent Prayer and Reflection

Congregational Response 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.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kindom, the power and the glory for ever and ever.

Amen.


Listening for the Spirit


Children’s Storytime with Jodi Rice

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The Wisdom Readings


John 3:14-21 (D. B. Hart Translation)

14And, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up, 15That everyone having faith in him might have the life of the Age.  16For God so loved the cosmos as to give the Son, the only one, so that everyone having faith in him might not perish, but have the life of the Age.  17For God sent the Son into the cosmos not that he might pass judgment on the cosmos, but that the cosmos might be saved through him.  18Whoever has faith in him is not judged, whoever has not had faith has already been judged because he has not had faith in the name of the only Son of God.  19And this is the judgment:  that the light has come into the cosmos, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were wicked.  20For everyone who does evil things hates the light and does not approach the light, for fear his deeds will be exposed.  21But whoever acts in truth approaches the light, so that his deeds might be made manifest—that they have been worked in God.


"Some Questions You Might Ask" by Mary Oliver

Is the soul solid, like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl?

Who has it, and who doesn’t? I keep looking around me.

The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus. The swan opens her white wings slowly.

In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness. One question leads to another.

Does it have a shape? Like an iceberg? Like the eye of a hummingbird?

Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?

Why should I have it, and not the anteater who loves her children?

Why should I have it, and not the camel? Come to think of it, what about the maple trees?

What about the blue iris? What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?

What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves? What about the grass?


The Word in Song  "Look At The Word" by John Rutter

College Hill Chancel Choir

(Find this song and listen to it online.)


As Sad as the Face of Jesus

The Poetry of Lent Series

Rev. Dr. Keith Williamson

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Closing Hymn  "This Is My Father's World" #144 UMH

(Look this up in a hymnal and sing it or find it online.)


A Blessing for the Journey



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10:15 a.m. Worship Bulletin

THE ORDER OF CELEBRATION

Fourth Sunday of Lent


Gathering Celebration


Welcome

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Blessing Our Space

Stand up and take a deep breath. Turn slowly to the east, south, west, north and finally center.

Pause at each direction and breathe deeply remembering that the Spirit is within you.


Opening Song

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Heal the World by Michael Jackson

Art and Soul Singers and Changing Faces Band

This song addresses many aspects of our current situation. As we practice #socialdistancing in the short term and struggle with climate change over the long term, we need the reassurance that "there are ways to get there," to "heal the world," if "make a better place."


Loaves and Fishes

(To make a donation to the food pantry, you can write and mail a check to the church with "Food Pantry" in the memo line

or give online at collegehillumc/donations.)


Meet and Greet

(Reach out to someone from CHUM and let them know you are thinking of them.)


A Time for Prayer and Reflection

Sharing Our Concerns and Hopes (Name your own petition aloud.)

Time of Prayer (Take a few minutes of silence and breathe deeply.)

Singing Bowl (Ring a glass or bowl in your home.)


Investing in Our Community

(Write and mail a check to the church office or try out online giving at collegehillumc.org/donations.

Thank you for your continued investment in the ministries of College Hill.)

(Find this song and listen to it online.)

Better Than a Hallelujah by Amy Grant

Art and Soul Singers and Changing Faces Band

"Better Than a Hallelujah" - Amy Grant. In times of trial, struggle and crisis, sharing our feelings (as when "we pour out our miseries" 

or share "the honest cries of breaking hearts" is truly "Better Than a Hallelujah." 


Listening to the Spirit


Words for the Journey


John 3:14-21 (D. B. Hart Translation)

14And, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up, 15That everyone having faith in him might have the life of the Age.  16For God so loved the cosmos as to give the Son, the only one, so that everyone having faith in him might not perish, but have the life of the Age.  17For God sent the Son into the cosmos not that he might pass judgment on the cosmos, but that the cosmos might be saved through him.  18Whoever has faith in him is not judged, whoever has not had faith has already been judged because he has not had faith in the name of the only Son of God.  19And this is the judgment:  that the light has come into the cosmos, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were wicked.  20For everyone who does evil things hates the light and does not approach the light, for fear his deeds will be exposed.  21But whoever acts in truth approaches the light, so that his deeds might be made manifest—that they have been worked in God.

 

"Some Questions You Might Ask" by Mary Oliver

Is the soul solid, like iron?

Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl?

Who has it, and who doesn’t? I keep looking around me.

The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus.

The swan opens her white wings slowly.

In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness.

One question leads to another. Does it have a shape?

Like an iceberg? Like the eye of a hummingbird?

Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?

Why should I have it, and not the anteater who loves her children?

Why should I have it, and not the camel?

Come to think of it, what about the maple trees?

What about the blue iris?

What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?

What about roses, and l


Song of Preparation

(Find this song and listen to it online.)

This Island Earth by Paul Cooper

Art and Soul Singers and Changing Faces Band

Our spiritual tradition as well as the witness of science confirms that we all live on "This Island Earth," 

the future of which is largely based on the choices which are "ours to make."


As Sad as the Face of Jesus

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The Poetry of Lent Series

Rev. Dr. Keith Williamson


Carrying Love Into The World


Closing Song

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Common Ground by Lins, Winter and Scott

Art and Soul Singers and Changing Faces Band

"Voices are calling from the earth," from all living things, from the very cosmos itself about our soul,

our deep connection to one another and the divine, that we do indeed have "Common Ground."


Going Forth on Our Journey

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