March 11, 2018 FULLERTON FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 114 N. Pomona Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832 714-871-4115, [email protected]
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ORDER OF SERVICE
Fourth Sunday in Lent This is the fourth Sunday in the season of Lent. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter. You will notice that the altar cloths have changed to light blue. Blue, purple, and grey are the colors for this somber season. This is a time of contemplating our faith, returning to God, and walking with Jesus in the last weeks of his life as he heads to the cross. It is also a time of joy, because we have been set free by the work of Jesus Christ to walk in abundant life with God. *Indicates: Please stand if you are able.
GATHERING AND PRAISE__________________________ Prelude
“Jesu, meine Freude” --Johann Gottfried Walther
Anna Reiley, Organ
“Easter Alleluia” -Jay Althouse
Welcome and Greeting *Passing the Peace of Christ *Opening Chorus
“You are My All in All”
*Call to Worship Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever. Let those redeemed by the Lord say: God’s steadfast love endures forever. When we cried out to God in our distress, God saved us in our hour of need. Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Kathie Eaton, Liturgist
“I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light”
UM Hymnal 206
*Opening Prayer God of light and love, shine upon your people this day. Meet us in our brokenness, and heal our errant ways. Take from us our spirit of disobedience, And save us with your grace. Lead us into your truth, That we may live as children of light, And act as children of the Most High. Amen. Lenten Symbol: Bag of Coins Each week we will place on our altar a symbol from the last week of Jesus’ life. On Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter), the removal of these symbols will be a part of the “stripping of the church” Tenebrae worship.
The powers of evil tried to defeat Jesus by entering into Judas and inciting him to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Despite evil intentions, God’s grace prevailed. This bag of coins represents the folly of evil and our gain through God’s gracious work in Jesus Christ. Time with Children
A TIME OF PRAYER____________________________________ Anthem
“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” --J. Hairston
Prayers of the People The Lord’s Prayer
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD___________________________ Prayer of Illumination Come, Holy Spirit, Fill our minds with your truth, Fill our hearts with your love, In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen Scripture
Matthew 4: 18-22 and Ephesians 4: 11-13
Response This is the Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Thanks be to God!
“Mended Nets” Walk with Jesus, part 4
Pastor Paula Ferris
RESPONSE TO THE WORD________________________________ Time of Offering Offertory
“Lonesome Valley” --Colin Curtis
Prayer of Dedication
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING_______________________________ Invitation to Christian Discipleship *Hymn
“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeside” UM Hymnal 344
“Praise God the Lord, Ye Sons of Men” --Johann Gottfried Walther
Preaching: Rev. Paula Ferris Liturgist: Kathie Eaton Music Director: Russell Wilson Organist: Anna Reiley Acolytes: Micah Caley Sound Technician: Joe Moell Video Technician: Mike Bankhead Ushers: Floyd and Maxine Allen, Molly McClanahan, Doris Muschek, and Dona Anderson