FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen, Pastor
March 15, 2020 Worship 10:30 AM
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Providing God, striking water in the desert,
People: Refresh us and quench our thirst.
Leader: Revealing God, walking with us through suffering,
People: Refresh us and send us your grace.
Leader: Ever-present God, accompanying us each day,
People: Refresh us and bring us life.
Leader: We are God’s people, loved and cherished,
People: We follow in love.
Leader: We are God’s people, called and challenged,
People: We follow in grace.
Leader: We are God’s people, refreshed and forgiven,
People: We follow in hope.
*HYMN #384 (Green) Rock of Ages
*INVOCATION (in unison)
You are the Spirit who gives us sight into ourselves. God for whom blame is an obstacle to be crushed, you are endless optimism. You search among us not for hardened beliefs but for openings. You carve chinks in us so that you may illuminate our judgments of others and ourselves. Bless you for your unending pursuit of new life and light in our dead, dark places. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER (trespasses)
ANTHEM I Want Jesus to Walk with Me arr. Lloyd Larson
HEBREW BIBLE LESSON Exodus 17:1-7 Pg. 62
CALL TO PRAYER Come Bring Your Burdens to God
Come bring your burdens to God (3 times); For Jesus will never say no!
*HYMN # 430 (Green) Be Not Afraid
EPISTLE LESSON Romans 5: 1-5 Pg. 142
SERMON Fear and Hope Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen
OFFERING Invitation to Share
Offertory Londonderry Air arr. by Gottfried H. Federlein
*The Doxology #34 (Green)
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison)
What joy there can be, Loving God, in the giving and receiving of cool, refreshing water! Thank you for the living water we have received from Christ and are privileged to share. Bless the resources gathered today to sustain the programs and outreach of this church. May they and we give fitting expression to our thankfulness. Amen
*HYMN #469 (Green) Lord of All Hopefulness