Mar. 07, 2021
3rd Sunday of Lent
A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:
Bless us, O God, with a reverent sense of your presence,
that we may be at peace and may worship you with all our mind and spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Passing of the Peace
We encourage you to contact others in the church,
to reach out and connect, to check in on those that might need help,
and to let others know the help you need, in mind,
body, and spirit, in this uncertain time.
Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of Pardon
Are you thirsty for grace? Are you hungry for mercy?
God is calling; come to the waters.
Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.
God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.
We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.
We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained,
and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice,
and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.
Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our savior, Amen.
Through forgiveness in Christ, we are brought to new life.
This is the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
O Lamb of God
American Folk Melody, arr. Proulx
Jusun Kim, Piano and Voice
O Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;
have mercy on us, Lamb of God,
and grant us your peace.
Prayer of the Day - Sandy Hawley
Eternal God, your realm has broken into our troubled world through the life,
death, and resurrection of your Son.
Help us to hear your word and obey it,
that we may become instruments of your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
1st Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22 - Sandy Hawley
13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”
19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?”
21But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
22After 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.
2nd Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:1-14 - Jeff Foels
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the LORD are sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Sermon: “A Psalm in Three Parts” - Jeff Foels
Music: How Clear Is our Vocation, Lord
Jusun Kim, Piano
Closing: Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
Pastor Jeff Foels
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:
Be in the world in peace;
Hold onto what is good;
Return no one evil for evil;
Support the weak;
Help the suffering;
Honor all God’s children;
Love and serve the Lord,
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith,
buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.