HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041
Today’s Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126;
Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8

*GATHERING HYMN       “Sanctuary”   TFWS #2164

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let us worship a God of surprises! Too often, we are told that winning is everything.
People: Here, in this place, we glimpse God’s reality, that we must lose in order to gain.
Leader: Too often, we believe that freedom means independence, that we are in charge of our own lives.
People: Here we learn again that true freedom comes from God: We are free when we follow Christ and obey God’s commandments.
Leader: Too often, we are told that we are what we have, that wealth reigns and power rules.
People: Here we remind one another of God’s good news: “The stone that was rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”
All: Let us worship a God of surprises! Let us prepare our hearts to hear God’s startling good news once again.



*HYMN OF PRAISE   
"Lift High the Cross"  UMH #159

 *INVOCATION

Faithful God, always ready to welcome, always ready to hear, we come before you open to new faith. Disturb us, so that we shed the old and grow into new creations in Christ. Move us to deepen our discipleship, as you reveal fresh challenges and call us into new identities. Strengthen us to share in Christ’s suffering, that we might also know the power of his resurrection. In the name of Jesus the Christ, who claims us as his own. Amen.

 

*PRAISE      “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”           (x2)  TFWS #2088
                      “Oh, Lord, You're Beautiful"                           TFWS #2064
                               
                                                                           

 

PRESENTATION OF LENTEN SYMBOLS

Crown of Thorns

 


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, forever. Amen.

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS UNTO THE LORD

DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD


CHILDREN’S TIME

SPECIAL MUSIC AND TESTIMONIES

PSALTER READING       Psalm 126    page 847 UMH (choral response 2)

GOSPEL LESSON             John 12:1-8                    pew Bible page 980

EPISTLE LESSON            Philippians 3:4b-14          pew Bible page 1070



SERMON                   “Limping to the Finish Line”              Pastor Mary
 

Closing Hymn                                                                                   UMH # 298

                 "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"      

                         

*Dismissal With Blessing

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

March Worship Helpers:
Announcer: Wanda Brunner    Greeter: Margaret Harrison   Scripture: Michelle Retzer    Ushers: Walter Porter and Youth 
 Counters:
Wanda Brunner & Sandy Stewart

Monday, March 14—Ministry Building 10 am
Making Easter Bags for Food Pantry to
Give out on March 23rd Help appreciated.
Tuesday, March 15
12 noon and 7 p.m. Lenten Bible Study
Friday, March 18
9 a.m. Food Pick up
10 a.m. Two in One with Carl Williams
5-7 p.m. Girl Scout Troup #30479 Brownies and Daisies
Saturday, March 19
8:00 a.m. United Methodist Men’s Lenten Communion Breakfasts – San Juan
11:00 a.m. Ad Council
Sunday, March 20—Palm Sunday
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:45 a.m. Sunday School

 
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