Sunday, March 3, 2024
WELCOME Pastor Stephanie Price & Brandon Cauthon
*CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Let all who yearn for connection, all who hunger for justice and thirst for bodily renewal come and be replenished.
ALL: With hope and expectation, we bring all that our soul’s desire.
ONE: Let everyone weary from isolation or overwhelmed by life’s troubles come and find rest in God’s care.
ALL: All those who come seeking community are received in Holy Embrace.
ONE: May the presence and provision of God be manifest among us that all may have what they need.
ALL: We come to give, we come to receive, we come to grow in love.
*OPENING HYM O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come UMH 265, v. 1, 2, 4, 5
HYMN OF PREPARATION Jesus Draw Me Close TFWS 2159, 3x
PASTORAL PRAYER (Unison)
The Wesley Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
SCRIPTURE: John 2:13-22 (New International Version)
Jesus Clears the Temple Courts
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
SPECIAL MUSIC What Wondrous Love Is This HUMC Choir
MESSAGE Dependence Pastor Stephanie Price
Sharing in Communion
God loves and accepts every person, so our communion table knows no boundaries. In the name and spirit of Jesus, communion is open to people of every age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental ability, religious background, political affiliation, theological belief, and economic condition.
Lenten Communion Liturgy
The Holy One be with you
ALL: And also with you
Open your hearts to the One who is Love
ALL: We open our hearts to you, O God
Let us give thanks to God, who gives us courage
ALL: To the One who calls us to lives of service, we give thanks & praise
From our beginning, you shaped us to live in service to one another and all the earth. You set us in the garden to co-create life with you. You surrounded us with creatures and creations that depend on our care. Our destinies have always been wrapped up in one another – our individual well-being bound to the well-being of all.
Therefore we join our voices with your people on earth and all the company of the heavens,
singing praise to you,
ALL: Holy, Holy, Holy One
God of justice and love
Heaven and earth are full of your wonder
Hosanna among us
Gracious One, we struggle with spirits of fear and greed that tempt us away from your original plan for us. We excuse ourselves from responsibilities to our neighbors. We struggle to believe we have anything to offer to the whole. And at times we knowingly do harm to others for the sake of our own gain.
You know our struggles, O God. And so you sent us Jesus.
In him we learn how to show up for one another. Jesus lived in service to collective well-being. He sought out those in need of community. He befriended the ones who were isolated. He challenged the structures that destroy.
Through his life, you taught us that the same capacities live in us. We too can choose the way of service to collective life. You have given each of us gifts to play our part.
The same spirit of courage that kept Jesus proclaiming love even in the face of death lives in us.
On the night of his arrest, Jesus shared a meal with his companions.
He took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to his disciples and said:
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
After the meal, he took the cup, blessed it, and shared it saying:
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant.”
In remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
“This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
After the meal, he took the cup, blessed it, and shared it saying: “This cup that is poured out is the new covenant.”
In remembrance of all you have done to save us, we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
ALL: Christ was birthed among us. Christ was killed among us. Christ rises again among us.
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts and make this bread and this cup sustenance for our lenten journey. By your grace, may we experience anew the call you place on our lives to serve one another. In feasting at your table, may our hearts be filled with courage once again to follow Christ, come what may.
In collective longing for a taste of your Kindom on earth, we join together in echoing the prayer of Jesus:
Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy Kindom 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 trespassed against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kindom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.
Prayer after receiving (Unison)
God, your bread and your cup renew our spirits. No matter the times we have failed to show up to your call, or to our own needs, or to the cries of our neighbors, you receive us again. May your unending grace be our foundation as we journey with Christ towards justice. Amen
COMMUNION SONG Beneath the Cross UMH 297
OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
In response to the love You have given us, God, we offer here what we have, what we do, and even more who we are, that our generosity might transform the world. Amen.
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*Prayer of Dedication (Liturgist Only)
Liberating One, we grieve the ways justice has been distorted. Those who do the most harm are not held accountable while those who suffer are treated with contempt. The world is so weary with this betrayal. May
your presence be near to all who are working to bring relief and restoration. For your grace that makes it possible, we pray with thanks. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN Wild and Lone the Prophets Voice TFWS 2089
ONE: Beloveds, we all have unlearning to do.
ALL: We have each inherited claims of wisdom that betray us.
ONE: We have all lost something to lies about who we are,
or what makes us valuable,
or how to live a meaningful life.
ALL: But we are not abandoned to these claims on us.
ONE: We can shed the destructive and the deadly.
ALL: We can heal. We can be free.
ONE: God’s grace, has made it so.
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