March 14 Virtual Worship – No Matter What

March 14, 2021 by  
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Thank you for joining us at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ as we make the journey toward Easter together.

We ran into a few technical challenges with our stream this morning. It’s now in two parts:

Here is this week’s order for worship:

March 14 – No Matter What

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan Wilson
One: God’s goodness has entered the world!
All: What joy to know this!
One: Rejoice, people of God! Christ died and rose on high!
All: By God’s Word, we are delivered from destruction.
One: By God’s mercy, we are made whole.
All: Let all that breathes sing God’s praises!

HYMN – O Love That Will Not Let Me Go – #439

  1. O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;
    I give Thee back the life I owe,
    That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be.
  2. O Light that foll’west all my way, I yield my flick’ring torch to Thee;
    My heart restores its borrowed ray,
    That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day May brighter, fairer be.
  3. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee;
    I trace the rainbow through the rain,
    And feel the promise is not vain That morn shall tearless be.

UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
God of unending patience, we call on you now. Often, we are impatient and troubled. We dream of being like you, Christ Jesus. Our calling is to follow you. Discipleship is your beautiful dream for all people. Yet we hesitate, for we are afraid of embracing changes that may come with the new life you offer. We are preoccupied with all sorts of other voices instead of being focused on responding to your Voice. Distracted by complexities, pressures and demands of our day; we neglect to set aside time to be still before you, God. Even now, we have gathered without much preparation, as if meeting you requires little of us. Yet we come here in search of the healing and the wholeness which you give. Merciful God, we call on you this moment, asking you to meet us as we are. Amen.

RESPONSE – O How He Loves You and Me – #254

  1. O how He loves you and me, O how He loves you and me;
    He gave His life – what more could He give?
    O how He loves you, O how He loves me, O how He loves you and me!
  2. Jesus to Calv’ry did go, His love for mankind to show;
    What He did there bro’t hope from despair;
    O how He loves you, O how He loves me, O how He loves you and me!

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Liz Schurwan

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

GOD’S WORD – John 3:14-21 – Pastor

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

HYMN – Lamb of God – worship booklet, p. 59

  1. Your only Son, no sin to hide, but you have sent him from your side,
    to walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God

REFRAIN
O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!
O wash me in his precious blood – my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God!

  1. Your gift of love, they crucified, they laughed and scorned him as He died,
    the humble King they named a fraud and sacrificed the Lamb of God.

REFRAIN

  1. I was so lost, I should have died, but You have brought me to your side,
    to be led by your staff and rod, and to be called a lamb of God.

REFRAIN

BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

POSTLUDE

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