Home Worship for

Sunday March 14 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, 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. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!

Lenten Prelude: Were You There?


Unison Opening Prayer - Enable Us to Behold You

Gracious God, so often we have missed your presence because we are looking for you clothed in a particular way. 

Let this time of worship be an encounter with you that will enable us to behold you in all the people we meet and all the situations we greet. 

You are from everlasting to everlasting, so we are confident that you are here; help us to be aware of your holy presence. 

O Lord, enrich this act of worship with the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

T. Anne Daniel, The Africana Worship Book for Year B, Discipleship Resources, 2007, p. 130.

Lord God, Your Love Has Called Us Here UMH #579

1 Lord God, your love has called us here, as we, by love, for love were made;

your living likeness still we bear, though marred, dishonored, disobeyed;

we come, with all our heart and mind, your call to hear, your love to find.

2 We come with self-inflicted pains, of broken trust and chosen wrong,

half-free, half-bound by inner chains, by social forces swept along,

by powers and systems close confined, yet seeking hope for humankind.

3 Lord God, in Christ you call our name, and then receive us as your own;

not through some merit, right, or claim, but by your gracious love alone;

we strain to glimpse your mercy seat, and find you kneeling at our feet.

5 Lord God, in Christ you set us free, your life to live, your joy to share;

give us your Spirit's liberty, to turn from guilt and dull despair,

and offer all that faith can do, while love is making all things new.

CCLI Song # 1517065. Brian Arthur Wren | Henry Carey © Words: 1973 Hope Publishing Company. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.


Prayers of the People for Lent

(based on Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21)

Leader: Heavenly Father, when we feel that we have lost direction as a people, or even as a person, help us remember your presence in our wilderness journeys.

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Great Deliverer, your steadfast love and wonderful works have spared us of troubles known and unknown, for you are in love with us.

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Holy Spirit, help us remember the great work that Christ accomplished for us, which no other person could perform. Help us confess with gladness, “by grace we have been saved.”

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, gift of mercy from God the Father, you love us even when we are most unlovable, lost, and afraid. Thank you for your grace.

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, lifted up on the cross like the serpent in the wilderness, lift up our eyes to see you as the Lord and Savior, loving God's whole world.

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: We bring before you those whom you love with special needs, known to us as family and friends ____.

People: The day of the Lord is coming: He abounds in steadfast love.

All: Though we remember we are dust and to dust we shall return, we remember that we are your precious dust. Amen.

— written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website, http://www.lutheranforum.org/. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/prayer-of-intercession-lent-4-b.html

A Pastoral Prayer In Remembrance of Important Things

Sweet and precious God, Almighty and awesome in glory, yet so near and so concerned about our hearts, thank you for knowing and loving us with an everlasting love. Time and time again, we have messed up and relived the oh-so-common "if you get me out of this, I will never do it again." We have attempted to bargain a favor on a promissory note that we make void daily. But thank you God, that even though you know we are headed to sin again, you not only still love us unconditionally, but you offer us forgiveness, the opportunity to have a clean record, a "get out of jail free" card that bears the title: new grace AND mercy every morning.

So, allow us, Oh God, to not become complacent in our daily journey. Forgive us for not moving as fast as we should have in the past, and for not helping someone in need when we could have. You have given us the spirit of discernment, but please give us the wisdom to see beyond the transitory things of life and find you and your sustaining presence, that we may be a blessing to others. You know the silent cries in our hearts, we know that you have already met the need, now God tap into our hearts' true desires. Touch families, friends, and most importantly our neighbors because when you are blessing our neighbors, we know you are in the neighborhood and you are headed to our house.

So, thank you, for being sovereign in our lives, giving us the power to speak over our own lives, the lives around us, and to love one another with the love of Christ. We will continue to give you glory, honor, and praise,

believing that your grace is sufficient enough for us,

and your love endures forever.

It is in the matchless name of Jesus that we pray. Amen.

Harrison Morrow, Lenten Liturgical Resources from Africana Writers, edited by Safiya Fosua, 2020.

The Love Connection Three Carol Neal


Message: "Love's Call Isn't Easy"

Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee

Love is the Way Series

Why does Jesus stop all the weirdness, betrayal and sadness to tell them to love one another?

Scripture John 13:34-35 NRSV

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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.


Offering and Offering Prayer

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Offering Prayer: Great and generous God, our lives are surrounded by things that steal our lives, inflict and destroy us. The tithes and offering we share with you this day are a way of keeping us focused not on the things that would take life away but will renew our lives: hope, love, compassion, empathy. As the Israelites looked to a serpent on a pole for healing, we look to a Savior on a cross to be brought back to life. In that holy name, Jesus the Messiah, we pray. Amen. (Numbers 21:4-9)

Let All Mortal Flesh - Oceanview Worship

Laura Putman: Flute, vocal; Kim Wendt: Piano, vocal

Verse 1

Let all mortal flesh keep silence And with fear and trembling stand

Ponder nothing worldly minded For with blessing in His hand

Christ our God To earth descendeth Our full homage to demand

Verse 2

King of kings yet born of Mary As of old on earth He stood

Lord of lords in human vesture In the body and the blood

He will give to all the faithful His own self for heav'nly food

Verse 4

Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way

As the Light of light descendeth From the realms of endless day

That the pow'rs of hell may vanish As the darkness clears away


O Love Divine Blessing (Verse 2)


Blessing - Low Enough to Wash Dirty Feet

As you depart, remember Jesus Christ, who bent down low enough to wash dirty feet and gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another. May all glory, honor and dominion be his in this world and in our lives, now and forever.

Kwasi I. Kena, The Africana Worship Book for Year B, Discipleship Resources, 2007, p. 215.

Mission Focus: UMCOR Sunday

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Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14, 2021, from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

2nd Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Gospel: John 3:14-21