Watch the worship service live on Facebook at 12:30 p.m.
This is the recording for the March 7, 2021 service.
Third Sunday of Lent
Welcome, announcements, concerns and celebrations
Warm-up song: Inspired by love and anger (The Sally Gardens)
(Tune: Sally Gardens (Irish trad.) c. Wild Goose Publications, c/o The Iona Community; (Key of D)
Inspired by love and anger,
disturbed by need and pain,
Informed of God's own bias,
we ask him once again:
"How long must some folk suffer?
How long can few folk mind?
How long dare vain self-interest
turn prayer and pity blind?"
From those forever victims
of heartless human greed,
Their cruel plight composes
a litany of need:
"Where are the fruits of justice?
Where are the signs of peace?
When is the day when prisoners
and dreams find their release?"
From those forever shackled
to what their wealth can buy,
The fear of lost advantage
provoke the bitter cry:
"Don't query our position!
Don't criticise our wealth!
Don't mention those exploited
by politics and stealth!"
To God, who through the prophets
proclaimed a different age,
We offer earth's indifference,
its agony and rage:
"When will the wronged be righted?
When will the kingdom come?
When will the world be generous
to all instead of some?"
God asks, "Who will go for me?
Who will extend my reach?
And who, when few will listen,
will prophesy and preach?
And who, when few bid welcome,
will offer all they know?
And who, when few dare follow,
will walk the road I show?"
Amused in someone's kitchen,
asleep in someone's boat,
Attuned to what the ancients exposed,
proclaimed and wrote,
A saviour without safety,
a tradesman without tools
Has come to tip the balance
with fishermen and fools.
Call to worship: The ten commandments
You may not love anyone or anything more than you love God.
You may not worship, or put more importance on any person or thing, other than God.
You must worship only the Lord, not your parents, not a friend, not a movie star or a sports hero, not a car or boat or skateboard. Nothing.
You may not swear. Use God’s holy name only in a loving way, never to express anger or frustration.
One day of your week should be set aside for rest and the worship of God. Work six days of the week only. You need a special day set aside to relax, to enjoy God’s world, and to meet with other Christians.
Be respectful to your parents. Love them, and the Lord will reward you with a long life.
You may not hate other people; don’t ever think of hurting someone else in any way.
Keep your thoughts and actions pure. Be committed in your relationships. Always.
You may not take and keep anything that doesn’t belong to you. You may not tell lies, especially when that lie will hurt someone else.
You may not be jealous of what others have. You may not be jealous of your friend’s new toy or clothes or the big house your neighbor lives in. Be satisfied with what you have.
Prayer and confession and Assurance of pardon
The Lord's prayer song
The Lord's Prayer
Words: Jim Strathdee Music: Anon; arr. by Al Oppenheimer; accomp. by Jim Strathdee. In The faith we sing (2000). A supplement to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).
Hymn: My hope is built (on Christ the solid rock)
(Key of F [D 3rd Fret])
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil. R
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. R
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne. R
A time for all God's children
Children's hymn: These are the days of Elijah
(Key of G)
These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!'
Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it's the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion's hill salvation comes.
These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord! R
There's no God like Jehovah.
There's no God like Jehovah!
Scripture: John 2: 13-22
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
May God bless to our understanding this reading of Holy scripture. Amen.
Gospel hymn: Put your hand in the hand
(Key of G)
Put your hand in the hand
Of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand
Of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and
you can look at others differently
By puttin' your hand in the hand
Of the man from Galilee
Every time I look into the Holy Book
I want to tremble
When I read about the part
Where the carpenter cleared the temple
For the buyers and the sellers were
No different fellas than what you and I profess to be
And it causes me shame to know
I'm not the one that I should be
Mama taught me how to pray before
I reached the age of seven
And when I'm down on my knees that's
When I'm close to heaven
Daddy lived his life with two kids and a wife
You do must you must do
But he showed me
Enough of what it takes to get you through
Sermon: John 2: 13-22
Pastoral prayer and Benediction
Hymn: A hymn for the wilderness (Wabash Cannonball)
Key of F [D 3rd Fret])
I can’t see where I’m going –
Just wilderness ahead.
This place is fierce and threatening –
O God, where have You led?
But Egypt is behind me
With all You’ve brought me through,
And now You go before me –
I trust and follow You.
Your all-engulfing presence
Is shade throughout the day.
Your fire ablaze above me
Lights all my darkened way.
Fresh water in my desert
And bread each morning new –
O tender, faithful Shepherd,
I trust and follow You.
Through every daily challenge,
With labours still undone,
I follow in Your footsteps
And take them one by one.
Throughout our great adventure
I keep the Cloud in view,
As all the way to Canaan
I trust and fo(llow You.