Home Worship for Sunday, March 13, 2022

Our Home Worship service is much like our in-person service. As you prayerfully journey through Home Worship, we hope it is meaningful for you. 

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. You may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. 

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and keep you.

Call to Worship

Ashes have been smeared and sins have been confessed…

People: We follow our faithful Lord.

These times, they are troubling. This journey, it is hard…

People: We follow our faithful Lord.

It is God who sustains, not the temptations of this world…

People: We follow our faithful Lord.

In the Lord is our trust, our protection from harm…

People: We follow our faithful Lord.

Come, let us worship the One whom we serve…

People: We follow our faithful Lord.

Written by Stephen Fearing, and posted on Wild and Precious Life, http://www.stephenmfearing.com. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/02/call-to-worship-for-first-sunday-in-lent.html.

O Jesus I Have Promised UMH #396

1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;

be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend.

I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,

nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.

2. O let me feel thee near me! The world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;

my foes are ever near me, around me and within;

but Jesus, draw thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.

3. O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still,

above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will.

O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;

O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul.

4. O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee

that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be.

And Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;

O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.


Time of Contemplative Prayer/Silent Prayer

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you;

You are gentle with us as a mother with her children;

Often you weep over our sins and our pride;

tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds;

in sickness you nurse us,

and with pure milk you feed us.

Spend time in contemplation, praying for those who need healing and comfort...

Jesus, by your dying, we are born to new life;

By your anguish and labour, we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;

through your gentleness, we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead;

your touch makes sinners righteous.

Spend some time in contemplation, praying for those finding themselves in places of fear: at war, in a war, effected by war...

Lord Jesus, in your mercy, heal us;

in your love and tenderness, remake us.

In your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness;

for the beauty of heaven, may your love prepare us. Amen.

Written by St. Anselm (1033-1109). Posted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/02/prayer-as-mother.html. Times of contemplation added by Kim Wendt.

Matthew 27:62-66 NRSV

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

New Revised Standard Version 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. All rights reserved.

The Futile Word

Rev. Emily Denmark McGee rerun of April 5, 2020 sermon "The Futile Word". When Pontious Pilate ordered the tomb to be sealed, well that was futile. We know what happens next.


The Well

Verse 1

I have what you need But you keep on searching

I've done all the work But you keep on working

When you're running on empty And you can't find the remedy

Just come to the well

Verse 2

You can spend your whole life Chasing what's missing

But that empty inside It just ain't gonna listen

When nothing can satisfy And the world leaves you high and dry

Just come to the well


And all who thirst will thirst no more

And all who search will find What their souls long for

The world will try but it can never fill

(So) leave it all behind And come to the well

Verse 3

So bring Me your heart No matter how broken

Just come as you are When your last prayer is spoken

Just rest in My arms a while You'll feel the change My child

When you come to the well


The world will try but it can never fill, So leave it all behind

Verse 4

And now that you're full Of love beyond measure

Your joy's gonna flow Like a stream in the desert

Soon all the world will see That living water is found in Me

'Cause you've come to the well

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Like an eagle lifting up her weary children, God will carry you.

Like a mother hen gathering her brood, Jesus Christ will shelter you.

“Like the murmur of the dove’s song,” the Holy Spirit will dwell with you.

Do not be afraid. Go forth in God’s peace. Amen.

Barbara K. Lunblad, “Second Sunday in Lent,” in The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, Series 2, Year C, Compiled and Edited by Leonora Tubbs Tisdale (Abingdon, 2000), 69.