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Reflections

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted---i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone.You are in the right way. Walk---don't keep on looking at it.” 

― C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy, 1950 - 1963

“God will never disappoint us… If deep in our hearts we suspect that God does not love us and cannot manage our affairs as well as we can, we certainly will not submit to His discipline. …To the unbeliever the fact of suffering only convinces him that God is not to be trusted, does not love us. To the believer, the opposite is true.” 

― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender


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Gathering Before God
March 10, 2019
1st Sunday of Lent
Main Line Campus

Opening Sentences

Leader: The Lord has shown forth his glory: Come, let us adore him!

Grace that is Greater

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured -
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt

Chorus:
Grace, grace, God's grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, grace, God's grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin

Sin and despair like the sea-waves cold
Threaten the soul with infinite loss
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold 
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Chorus

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Chorus



Music by Daniel Towner, 1910. Lyrics by Julia Johnston, 1911.


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Greeting & Preparation

Leader: The Lord be with you. 
People: And also with you!


Call to Worship 

Leader: God does not remember us according to our sins
and our transgressions. 
People: God remembers us according to his own
steadfast love! 

Leader: The God of our salvation teaches us right paths
and leads us in truth. 
People: God remembers us according to his own
steadfast love! 

Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit; 
People: God remembers us according to his own
steadfast love! 

—based on Psalm 25


Prayer of Invocation


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Go To Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane
Ye that feel the tempter’s pow’r
Your Redeemer’s conflict see
Watch with Him one bitter hour
Turn not from His griefs away
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray

See him at the judgement hall
beaten, bound, reviled arraigned
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross
Learn of Christ to bear the cross
Learn of Christ to bear the cross

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb
There, adoring at His feet
Mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete
“It is finished!” hear Him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die
Learn of Jesus Christ to die
Learn of Jesus Christ to die

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid His breathless clay
All is solitude and gloom
Who has taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes;
Savior, teach us so to rise
Savior, teach us so to rise
Savior, teach us so to rise


Author James Montgomery, 1991. Music by Kevin Twit.


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In The Shadow Of The Glorious Cross

In the shadow of the glorious cross
Compelled by grace to cast my lot
Iʼll discard the loss and bare your name
Forsaking all for your own fame

Your hymn of grace sung over me
Abounding forth in glorious streams
My thirst is quenched by you my Lord
Sustained am I redeemed restored
Sustained am I redeemed restored

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

When deathʼs dark shadowʼs at my feet
When I am plagued by unbelief
You place my hands into your side
By precious blood identified
By precious blood identified 

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

These crowns Iʼve clenched with fisted hands
I cast them down before the throne
Of Christ my God the worthy lamb
Christ crucified, the Great I AM. (3x)


Hallelujah, Hallelujah




© 2007 Sojourn Community Church
CCLI Song # 5133895 -- CCLI License # 3040322



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Call to Confession

Leader: God remains faithful to the covenant of steadfast love;
even when we are unfaithful.
Without fear, then, let us confess our sins. 

—from Genesis 9


Prayer of Confession


People:  Holy One, we have not remembered you,
not remembered our neighbors,
and not remembered the poor.
O Lord, be gracious to us;
heal us, for we have sinned against you.
In Jesus name we ask it- Amen.


Silent Confession & Words of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ,
who is at the right hand of God,
forgives us and reconciles us
and all things in heaven and on earth.
Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace! 

—from 1 Peter 3:22



Song of Response- Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Son
Glory be to the Spirit Three in One
As it was in the beginning
It will be forever
Amen, Amen, Amen


Passing the Peace & Announcements


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The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading
 Psalm 91, NRSV

1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 
2 will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
   my God, in whom I trust.’ 
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence; 
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
   or the arrow that flies by day, 
6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you. 
8 You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked. 
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
   the Most High your dwelling-place, 
10 no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent. 
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways. 
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 
14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
   I will protect those who know my name. 
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
   I will be with them in trouble,
   I will rescue them and honour them. 
16 With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.


Minister:        This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

Sermon
Sermon Series: A Praying Life
Sermon Title: Trust
Speaker: Don Overton


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Apostles’ Creed

Minister: Let us say what we believe.
People: We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic1 church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
                                                     

(1that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places).


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The Lord’s Table 

The Great Thanksgiving 

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.  

Lift up your hearts now!  
We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.
It is right and good, always and everywhere.
To give thanks, to the Lord.

Minister: With joy we praise you, gracious God… 
we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim
the glory of your name, saying:                                       

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory,
hosanna in the highest!
(2x)

Minister: You are holy, O God of majesty… So, we proclaim the mystery of the faith:

Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.
Your rising celebrate! 
Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new
(2x)
                                                      

Minister:  Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit…As this bread is Christ’s body for us,
send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

Praise to the Father,
praise to the Son, 
praise to the Spirit, 
Our God the Three in One. 


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Words of Institution

Minister: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. 

Holy Communion

Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Gluten-free communion wafers are available at the welcome table in the front lobby of the church. Please pick one up prior to coming forward to take communion. Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the Gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ.


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Prayers For Reflection

If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers:

Prayer for those searching for truth…
Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

Prayer of belief… Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen. 

Prayer of commitment… Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.  


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Psalm 126

Our mouths, they were filled,
 filled with laughter.
Our tongues, they were loosed,
loosed with joy.
Restore us, O Lord!
Restore us, O Lord!

Chorus:
Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
Will go out with songs of joy!


The nations will say
“He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy.
Restore us, O Lord!
Restore us, O Lord!

Chorus (2x)



Music & lyrics by Isaac Wardell, 2012.


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Prayers of the People 

Minister: Lord, in your mercy,
People: hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Minister: Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us: 
People: Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your name,           
your kingdom come, 
your will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins 
as we forgive those who sin against us. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, 
now and forever.
Amen.


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Sending into God’s World

Offering

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down.
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
where His glory forever I'll share.




Text and Music by George Bennard, 1999


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Minister: Glory to God whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine:
Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church,
and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. 

People: Amen

—Ephesians 3:20-21

Dismissal

Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God!

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