Weekly Online Worship

March 7, 2021

Lent 3: “The Soul’s Mirror”

Opening
Prelude “Come to Me” – Christopher Grundy

Lenten Welcome
Opening Song “Out of the Depths” – Jesse Boyd Music
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction

Scripture Readings Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8 It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

May God’s Spirit speak to us today through these words of Scripture,
the music we sing and hear, and the message shared this day.

Song “Holy Darkness” – Dan Schutte
Teaching “The Soul’s Mirror” – Pastor Craig
Spiritual Practice The Prayer of Examen
Song “Come, Emmanuel” – Twila Paris
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world.
We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will
bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence
after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either
aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer.
Let us be in prayer.


Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially
those affected by cancer or COVID-19.


Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who
are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they
have at hand.


Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for
all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.


Let us pray for all who are still displaced from their homes, and those
who have no home.


Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only
regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do
everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizens.


Let us pray for all school and college governing boards, administrations
and staff, all faculty, and students as they work to offer appropriate and
equitable education in a manner that protects the health and safety of all
persons.


Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and
well-being.


Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and
caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.


Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden
our hearts.


These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal
embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the
One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our
Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
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. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine
is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Prayer Response “Kyrie” – JCUMC Virtual Choir
Benediction “A Blessing for a New World”
The Lord arise as Light within you,
The Path of Jesus stretch out before you,
The breath of the Spirit renew you.
May justice be at the forefront of your thoughts,
May mercy and kindness be each step you take,
And may love flow as blood in your veins.
Be to the world the Good News they long to see,
The balm of healing for the pain they feel,
And the wisdom that melts away the dross of the foolhardiness that
grips our world so callously.
Be the change the world desires to see. Amen (CSPS)
Closing Song ““Change My Heart, O God” – Brian Bontes , Hillside
Closing Credits

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