Welcome Guests! We are delighted you have joined us for worship. We invite you to complete the Welcome Card in the pew pocket, and stop by the Welcome Desk on the main level outside the west Sanctuary entrance to receive a gift and more information about our ministries. Hearing aid devices are available (including the neck loop for telecoil programs). Large print song sheets are also available. Please see an usher for assistance.
Next Week’s Lectionary Readings We invite you to include the lectionary readings in your devotion times. Readings for next week are Luke 19:28–40, Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29, Isaiah 50:4–9a, Psalm 31:9–16, Philippians 2:5–11, Luke 22:14–23:56 or Luke 23:1–49.
Congregational Care Please remember these individuals and families in your prayers this week. Jan Adair, Jessica Bianco, Heidi Brewer, Jim & Carol Eaton, Dixie Hawthorne, Pat Hill, Betty Jeppsen, Mike Krueger, Norvis Land, Chris Loken, Dan Meeks, Chuck Minauskas, Ellen Reed, Jennifer Ruth, Jim Trieschmann, Jack & Shirley Williamson, Phil Zeller Our sympathy to Adam, Carey, Maggie & Ben Bebar and Rev. Steve Williams & Rev. Jamie Hanna Williams on the death of Jamie’s sister-in-law and Carey’s aunt, Ann Hanna, on Mar. 29 Today’s altar flowers are given by The Brand Family in memory of Jim Brand on what would have been his 86th birthday
Today at Gary Church Adult Ministries Lenten Study: Forgiveness Today–April 14, 10 a.m. in the Chapel Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate season to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Using Marjorie J. Thompson’s book Forgiveness, we will explore this topic as Christian people in community. Books can be purchased for $10. College Lunch 12:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room Undergraduate college students, whether new to Wheaton or long-time residents, are invited to join Pastor Chris for a light lunch.
Gary Kids & Gary Youth Kids’ Church following the Children’s Time Preschool 3’s–4’s meet in the Preschool Room on the lower level Kindergarten–Grade 3 meet in the Lower Level Lobby 10 a.m. Sunday School Preschool 3’s–Kindergarten meet in the Preschool Room Grades 1–5 meet in Gamon Hall
9 a.m. Service Greeters Welcome Desk Acolytes Ushers 11 a.m. Service Greeters Welcome Desk Acolytes Ushers
Joe & Lois Davisson, Dan & June Hurd, Jeff Mousseau Dirk & Shelley Schilling, Dan & June Hurd Sam Jones, Sydney Schilling Dave Gaul, Stan Diddams, Carter Gaul, Faith Gaul, Andy Tooley, Teddy Tooley, Len Witte Gil & Lola Lehman, Rusty Haney, Allene Harding Dick & Julie Raab Travis Papievis, Danny Newell Bob Drake, Patty Affett, Vickie Austin, John Hamilton, Don Kenyon, Andy Majernik, Luke Majernik, Bethany Majernik, Dick Seloover
Musicians: Kevin Lange (organ, piano), Mike Krueger (Men’s Chorus), Beth Graves (piano), Sharon Schmidt (Altar Bells), Leigh Ann Gaul, Teresa Fraker (cantors) Sound Technicians: John Brunner, Kevin Carlson, Phil Johnson, Alyn Mann, Dave Mann, Ellie Phillips, Ethan Phillips, David Rush, Tony Venezia Staff Ministry Team: Rev. Dr. Chris Pierson, Rev. Brian Felker Jones, Rev. Bruce Anderson, Jennifer Whiting, Kevin Lange, Carey Bebar, Kim Austin, Alexa Isaac, Becky Lemna, Pam Keller, Raven Larkin, Deb Evans, Deb Hafner, Mike & Donna Capra
Mission Statement Grow in faith, knowledge, and understanding of Christ as Lord and Savior Serve our community and the world by sharing time, gifts, talents Nurture one another through worship, fellowship, love Demonstrate our discipleship to Christ Proclaim God’s grace and Good News
Grades 6–7 meet in the Heritage Room Confirmation (Grade 8) meets in the Jr. High Room Grades 9–12 meet in the Sr. High Room
Upcoming Sunday Explore Membership Apr. 14, 1:30–3 p.m. in the Anderson Room If you are considering membership, join the pastors and others newer to Gary to get better acquainted and discuss what it means to be United Methodist. To register for the class, contact Kim Austin at [email protected]
Gary United Methodist Church — Affiliated with Winfield Community United Methodist Church —
224 N. Main, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: (630) 668-3100 / Fax: (630) 668-8279 Email: [email protected]
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This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
Fifth Sunday in Lent April 7, 2019 9 & 11 a.m.
Invitation Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
Readers: Allen Reed (9 a.m.), Susan Dahlstedt (11 a.m.) Please stand as you are able. Congregation reads bold print.
*Hymn of Faith
Congregational song books are the hard cover Hymnal and the smaller flexible book, The Faith We Sing, both found in the pew racks.
Prelude (9 a.m.)
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus EBENEZER Jim Cohick, piano
Let Some Drops Fall on Me
arr. Jim Cohick Thomas Williams Mosie Lister
Men’s Chorus Soloists: Marty Keske, Dave Ranken, Rich Dobson, Josh Keske
Mission and Ministry at Gary Church *Call to Worship As we gather to worship this day, Christ is present as guest and host. We gather with joy and thanksgiving for what Christ has done for us.
More Love to Thee, O Christ (Stanzas 1, 3, and 4)
“Preparing for Burial”
Dr. Lynn Cohick
Prayer of Confession Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Communion Hymns The congregation is invited to sing the communion hymns or to meditate silently.
O God, Beyond All Praising Lamb of God Would I Have Answered When You Called Glorify Thy Name All Who Hunger
Invite Christ into your hearts to fellowship and feast. We welcome Christ Jesus as we bring our gifts to share in his ministry. Come honor Christ and anticipate the saving work of Christ in your lives. We come holding nothing back from the One who offers new life to all. *Hymn
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (Stanzas 1, 2, and 3)
(9 a.m.) During the hymn, children Preschool 3’s–Grade 3 are invited to come forward to proceed with their leaders to the lower level for Kids’ Church. Children will return to the Sanctuary during the hymn prior to Communion. (11 a.m.) Children are invited to worship with their families during this service. Children’s bulletins and activity bags are available from the ushers. Childcare is available for newborn–2 yrs. from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the lower level.
Opening Prayer Holy One, you were ever in and with Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, guiding his choices and strengthening his courage each step of the way. As your beloved children, be with us and strengthen us on our journeys. Through our time of worship and our companionship with one another, teach us to recognize Christ in everyone we meet. Help us to offer holy hospitality wherever it is needed, and free us from our fears of scarcity, that we may share from our abundance and be a blessing for others. Amen.
Dedication of Our Tithes and Offerings (9 a.m.)
Let Some Drops Fall on Me
Men’s Chorus Soloists: Marty Keske, David Ranken, Rich Dobson, Josh Keske
Lord, we hear of show’rs of blessing coming down, coming down; streams of mercy never ending to this ground, to this low ground. Let some drops then fall on me, Lord; let some drops, Lord, fall on me. While you’re sending show’rs of blessing, let some drops then fall on me. In the time of drought and famine, Lord, to thee have we cried. In due season send the showers; let our souls be satisfied. Let some drops then fall on me, Lord; let some drops, Lord, fall on me. While you’re sending show’rs of blessing, let some drops then fall on me. Let some drops then fall on me, Lord; let some drops, Lord, fall on me. While you’re sending show’rs of blessing, let some drops then fall on me; let some drops then fall on me.
Prayer for Guidance arr. Michael Glasgow SLANE (traditional Irish) / OPEN MY EYES (Clara Scott) Altar Bells
Sprinkled throughout this arrangement of “Be Thou My Vision” is the first phrase of another hymn, “Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me.” Glasgow links these two pleas for God’s guidance in a way that we might not have seen before.
More Precious than Silver
(Sung two times) (9 a.m.) During the hymn, children Preschool 3’s–Grade 3 will return to the Sanctuary to join their families.
Lord, you are more precious than silver. Lord, you are more costly than gold. Lord, you are more beautiful than diamonds, and nothing I desire compares with you.
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Stanzas 1, 2, and 3)
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Our Father, Thou, in Heaven Above (BWV 737)
J. S. Bach