Sunday, March 7, 2021 – Third Sunday of Lent
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Piano/Organ Duet – “Great Is the Lord” – M.W. Smith Organist/Pianist, Steve Wysocki
“Kyrie” – led by Nora Feather
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” –Matthew 6:17, 18
- During Lent, I will fast from being self-centered and take an interest in others.
- I will fast from fear and will trust in God
- I will fast from expressing irritability and be calm and poised.
- I will fast from rigidity and practice adaptability.
- I will fast from hate and express love.
- I will fast from self-indulgence and accept discipline.
- I will fast from gloom and radiate joy.
- I will fast from passing judgment and practice seeing all persons through the eyes of love.
- I will fast from beholding the worst and make it a point to see the good, praise the good, rejoice in the good.
- This Lenten season, I will diligently, conscientiously, and faithfully desist from all that is unloving and un-Christlike.
I look to the presence of God within and behold the sacred in myself.
Gathering Song “Come Just As You Are” – led by Amy Kares
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 Doraine Salmon
After escaping from slavery, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai, where God teaches them how to live in community. The Ten Commandments proclaim that God alone is worthy of worship. Flowing from God, the life of the community flourishes when based on honesty, trust, fidelity, and respect for life, family, and property.
1God spoke all these words:
2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me.
4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13You shall not murder.
14You shall not commit adultery.
15You shall not steal.
16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Reflections on my Journey of Faith Tony Blasco
Gospel: John 2:13-22
Jesus attacks the commercialization of religion by driving merchants out of the temple. When challenged, he responds mysteriously, with the first prediction of his own death and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly stable religious center, Jesus suggests that the center itself has changed.
13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “I Am the Bread of Life” – led by Caitlin McNeish
“Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” – led by Carlee Gross
“Sanctuary” – led by Judy and Greg Clemens
Words of Institution Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
We gather at this table and remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over, he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.
For at this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with those who fled from him in his time
At this table,
Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.
And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.
The Awakening Church Service
The Lord’s Prayer Kathie Jones
The Body of Christ Given for you.
The Blood of Christ Shed for you.
With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus
Post Communion Prayer
Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen
Closing Hymn “Make Me a Servant” – led by Carlee Gross and Steve Wysocki
Dismissal: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.