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Sunday, March 7, 2021

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We welcome you to this time of worship; we are glad you’re here. We ask everyone to remain in your vehicle, but we invite you to roll down your window to speak with one another; please wear masks when doing so. Bradley Hall restrooms are available if needed.

———   ENTRANCE AND PRAISE   ———

We welcome you to this time of worship; we are glad you’re here. We ask everyone to remain in your vehicle, but we invite you to roll down your window to speak with one another; please wear masks when doing so. Bradley Hall restrooms are available if needed.

ANNOUNCEMENTS     Rev. Janet Baucom

OPENING HYMN “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Hearts”

Rejoice, ye pure in heart;
rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your glorious banner wave on high,
the cross of Christ your King.

Refrain:
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing.

Your clear hosannas raise,
and alleluias loud;
whilst answering echoes upward float,
like wreaths of incense cloud.
[Refrain]

Yes, on through life’s long path,
still chanting as ye go;
from youth to age, by night and day,
in gladness and in woe.
[Refrain]

At last the march shall end;
the wearied ones shall rest;
the pilgrims find their heavenly home,
Jerusalem the blest.
[Refrain]

Praise God who reigns on high,
the Lord whom we adore,
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
one God forevermore.
[Refrain]

OPENING PRAYER

Gracious God, whose power is made perfect in weakness, whose wisdom appears as foolishness in this world, we thank you for the scandal of the cross. In Jesus Christ, you overturn all our usual ways of behaving and believing. You scatter our false notions of discipleship as easily as coins are spilled from a box. You correct our notions of piety and order with fierce passion. Do not let your church become content or contained as an institution. Raze to ruins what is distorted in us, and raise us to new life as a community so that we may be the body of Christ in and for the world. With fear and joy we ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.

———   PROCLAMATION ———

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION – Kevin Quick

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 20:1-17 CEB

…and we proclaim, God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

 

PSALTER Psalm 19 UMH 750

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

   Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

    yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In them God has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his chamber

and runs its course with joy like a strong man.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them;

    and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;

    the testimony of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

    the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;

    the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;

    sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

    But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

Also keep back your servant also from the insolent; let them not have dominion over me!

    Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

 

EPISTLE LESSON 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 CEB

 

GOSPEL LESSON John 2:13-22 CEB

 

SERMON – Cleaning House – Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz

———   RESPONSE TO THE WORD ———

HYMN OF RESPONSE “To Mock Your Reign O Dearest Lord”

  1. To mock your reign, O dearest Lord, they made a crown of thorns,
    set you with taunts along that road from which no one returns.
    They could not know, as we do now, how glorious is that crown;
    that thorns would flow’r upon your brow, your sorrows heal our own.
  2. In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord, they snatched a purple cloak;
    your passion turned, for all they cared, into a soldier’s joke.
    They could not know, as we do now, that though we merit blame,
    you will your robe of mercy throw around our naked shame.
  3. A sceptered reed, O patient Lord, they thrust into your hand,
    and acted our their grim charade to its appointed end.
    They could not know, as we do now, though empires rise and fall,
    your kingdom shall not cease to grow till love embraces all.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE Rev. Janet Baucom

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, how fickle we are; we sin against you without even knowing it. Clean us, we pray, of any unknown sin, and save us from willfully ignoring your way. Let your commandments rule and guide us. Forgive us for worshiping anyone or anything except you; keep us faithful. Help us to speak words of blessing and kindness, rather than words that belittle or destroy. Turn us away from violence, falsehood, and selfishness. Forgive us for thinking everything depends on our efforts and power, for you are the God who made us, led us out of slavery, and has brought us into the community of faith. Help us to depend on you alone and to rest in your peace. In Christ’s name, we pray.

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you.

And also with you.

OFFERING

OFFERTORY “Toccata on King’s Weston” by Compton – HUMRingers

DOXOLOGY “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise God, all creatures here below;

praise God above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING Rev. Amanda Bunce

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the

highest.

…And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

…All honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
Amen.

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION

Communion offers the chance for an encounter with God; therefore, all persons, including children, are invited to participate and receive the sacrament. Servers will come to your car to deliver your communion elements.

———   SENDING FORTH ———

CLOSING SONG   “Your Love Never Fails”  – McClarney & Skinner

Verse 1:

Nothing can separate, even if I ran away; Your love never fails.
I know I still make mistakes, but You have new mercies for me ev’ryday.
Your love never fails.

Chorus:

You stay the same through the ages; Your love never changes.
There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.
And when the oceans rage, I don’t have to be afraid, because I know that You love me.

Verse 2:

The wind is strong and the water’s deep, but I’m not alone here in these open seas;
Your love never fails.
The chasm is far too wide; I never thought I’d reach the other side. Your love never fails.

Bridge:

You make all things work together for my good. (x4)

 

BENEDICTION   

 

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