Mar. 21, 2021
5th Sunday of Lent
A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:
God of mercy, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you,
and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit,
that we may celebrate and worship you in spirit and in truth;
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
Trusting in God’s hopes for us, let us come before God with contrite hearts,
asking for reconciliation and seeking peace.
God of hope, we confess our disregard of your care,
our doubt of your providence,
our blindness to signs of your love.
We are afraid to risk our comforts to find new life;
we separate ourselves from you and from others
and foster divisions between those you love.
Help us to amend our lives and make us your faithful people who
bear the good fruit of your Word in the world.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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.
have mercy on us, Lamb of God,
and grant us your peace.
Prayer of the Day - Melody Baker
God our redeemer, we too often fail to be messengers of your forgiveness and hope. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your commands, be your disciples, and proclaim your reign of love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1st Scripture: John 12:20-26 - Melody Baker
20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
Second Scripture: First Reading Jeremiah 31:31-34
31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Sermon - “Remembering” - Jeff Foels
Music: O Jesus, I Have Promised
by Mann, arr. by Folkemer
Jusun Kim, Organ
PPC Choir and Friends
We'd like to send a huge thank you to Dawn Anderson,
who took a lot of time to devote to make this video beautifully!
We'd also like to thank her friend, special guest violinist,
Gayle Thomas, PPC Choir, and PPC Choir's friends!
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer: 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. Amen.
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. Amen.
May God bless you during this time of reflection in Lent!
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