HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
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Lectionary Readings: 
                       Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 86-11; John 11:1-45

*GATHERING HYMN 
                “Lord of the Dance” UMH #261

*Call to Worship                                                                     

Leader:   Jesus had confidence in life after death. That confidence can be ours. 

People:  The grief felt at Lazarus’ death was overcome by the reassurance of Jesus. 

Leader:   He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” 

People:  In raising Lazarus, Jesus demonstrated that death is not beyond the hope found in resurrection. 

Leader:   We are strengthened in our faith by the mighty acts of Jesus. 

People:  We are given courage and confidence by the power of God to overcome our worst fears. Amen.

*Hymn of Praise                                                      UMH #420

Breathe on Me, Breath of God

 

Observing Lent through Symbols—Crown of Thorns

Scripture       Matthew 27: 27-31

Unison Prayer      

Lord Jesus, we hate being humiliated, yet it is as nothing compared with yours on that first Good Friday. Enable all your people to withstand humiliation, but especially if it is for your sake, we pray. Amen.

Intercession

Leader:      …in your mercy,

Congregation Responds: “Lord, hear our prayer.”

 

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

 Praises, Joys and Concerns

 

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

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,

the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                           “Doxology”                         UMH #95

 CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

Children’s Time

 

Special Music and Testimonies

 

Epistle Lesson               Romans 8:6-11                        page 1029

 

Gospel Lesson               John 11:1-45                             page 978

 

Sermon           Where do we stand in this story?    Pastor Mary

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

Prayer of Confession

O God, we are not very good at facing up to the idea of death -- of dying to our own plans, to our attachment to the things of this world, to our trust in ourselves. We so quickly turn away from Jesus' call to lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel. Yet we know it is only in our dying to self that we experience new life in him. If only we could believe! Help our unbelief.

 

Assurance of Pardon

 

Great Thanksgiving                

*Closing Hymn           “In the Garden”              UMH #314

*Dismissal With Blessing

Announcements:

Sunday, April 2

9:30 a.m.           Worship—Fifth Sunday of Lent

10:45 a.m.         Register for Summer camp in the Ministry building

2-4:30 p.m.       Lay Servant Classes at Saegertown

Tuesday, April 4

            1:00 or 7:00 p.m.  Lenten Study “Final Words”

5:30-7:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts at San Juan

6-8:30 p.m.       Lay Servant Classes at Asbury Waterford

Wednesday, April 5

            9 a.m.               Pick up food at Second Harvest

12:30-2 p.m.     Food Pantry

Saturday, April 8

            8 a.m.               Men’s Lenten Breakfast at Wesley UMC

 

Sunday, April 9

9:30 a.m.           Worship—Palm Sunday

10:45 a.m.         Summer camp Registration in the Ministry building

            2:00 p.m.          Movie “Risen” shown at Glenwood UMC

Tuesday, April 11         No Girl Scouts at San Juan

Thursday, April 13

            7:00 p.m.          Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Friday, April 14

            7:00 p.m.          Good Friday Service at Lakewood UMC

Sunday, April 16

            9:00 a.m.           Outdoor gathering in front of Sanctuary

            9:30 a.m.           Easter Worship Celebration

Following worship—Children’s Easter             Celebration

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR LENT

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Pastor:    Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:    It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.  You brought all things into being and called them good. From the dust of the earth you formed us into your image and breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. When rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights, you bore up the ark on the waters, saved Noah and his family, and made covenant with every living creature on earth.

When you led your people to Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights, you gave us your commandments and made us your covenant people.

When your people forsook your covenant, your prophet Elijah fasted for forty days and forty nights; and on your holy mountain, he heard your still small voice.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:  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.

Pastor:    Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.  When you gave him to save us from our sin, your Spirit led him into the wilderness, where he fasted forty days and forty nights to prepare for his ministry.

             

When he suffered and died on a cross for our sin, you raised him to life, presented him alive to the apostles during forty days, and exalted him at your right hand.

By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

Now, when we your people prepare for the yearly feast of Easter, you lead us to repentance for sin and the cleansing of our hearts, that during these forty days of Lent we may be gifted and graced to reaffirm the covenant you made with us through Christ.

              On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

              When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."

              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:

People:  Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pastor:    Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

              By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

              Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.

All:         Amen.

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