Worship Service – March 15, 2020

As Christ welcomes all, all are welcomed!

During this time of extreme health concern, we are providing our worship service experience in a recorded form, so that you may participate with “social distance.”

Pastor Patrick’s sermon was on the topic of “Delight.”

Our offering is given to the mission and ministry of MHUMC.  Find out more on our Giving page.

Scripture readings

Our responsive reading is Psalm 95.

  • Pastor: O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    • People: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  • Pastor: Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving;
    • People: let us make a joyful noise with songs of praise!
  • Pastor: For the Lord is a great God, and a great Ruler above all gods, in whose hands are the depths of the earth and also the heights of the mountains.
  • People: The sea belongs to God who made it, and the dry land, because God formed it.
  • Pastor: O come, let us worship and bow down,
    • People: let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
  • Pastor: For the Lord is our God,
    • People: we are the people of God’s pasture, the sheep of God’s hand.
  • Pastor: Hear the voice of the Lord today! Harden not your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your forebears tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
  • People: For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who err in heart, and they do not regard my ways.” Therefore I swore in my anger that they should not enter my rest.

In today’s Gospel reading, John 4:5-42, Jesus reveals himself a Messiah to a Samaritan woman using the metaphor of “living water.” Read along with Denise these words from John’s Gospel, from The Message.

Prayer of the people

For the prayers shared and those that remain in the silent places of our heart, we say to the Lord:

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayers.

Please Pray With Me:

Gracious God, we confess that it is not easy to follow Jesus on this Lenten journey to the cross.

We are reluctant to come face to face with our own human needs, our own fears, our own pain, and our own inaction in the face of suffering. And yet we find that the cross of Jesus becomes a place where we judge both our individual lives and our world.

We are reluctant to give up and leave behind a past way of life or point of view that has become comfortable for us. We try to find our security in such things as material possessions, money, social status, educational degrees or religious pedigrees.  Yet illness threatens us and reminds us just how vulnerable we truly are.

For we are not so different, from those persons so long ago who crucified our Lord.  Even today people are crucified by those same forces that crucified Jesus.

Help us to understand, that in Christ we already have all that we need to possess.
Help us to understand that our real hope for new life and new beginnings begins with our faith and trust in you.
Walk with us to the cross. Hold us up as we stumble and fall.
Anoint us with your love and grace so that we might become an extension of your love to all we meet on the journey.
Anoint us and prepare us to speak that kind word, to give the gift of our presence, to extend that helping hand to our neighbor in need, to embrace one another across lines of difference.
Continue to walk with us to the cross, for in your presence we find light in our darkness, strength in our weakness, joy in our tears and new life out of death.

For this we give thanks as we rededicate ourselves to accepting the cost and joy of discipleship to Jesus Christ, our faithful guide.

This we pray in the way Jesus taught us to pray together saying: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, Amen”

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