March 18, 2018

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.

I will be their God and they will be my people.  (Jeremiah 31:33)


God Gathers Us for Worship



Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship: Psalm 22:23-24

Leader:           You who fear the Lord, praise him!

People:                      All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

            Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not despised or scorned

            the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

            but has listened to his cry for help.

* Opening Hymn: Come, People of the Risen King (see insert)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:    O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (# 111:1,3-5)

Oh, How I Love Jesus (# 676)

* Prayer of Invocation

Lord Jesus, we walk with you

            through the valley of the shadow of death.

            Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

Banished from the Garden of Eden for our rebellion,

            we long for the garden of Paradise.

O Lord, you are the Christ.

            Remember us in your kingdom.

We come to hear you speak of your love for us.

            You have the words of eternal life. Amen.

Children’s Sermon

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (pg. 561)

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10 (pg. 848)

Gospel Reading:  John 12:20-33 (pg. 762)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: The New Covenant

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession: Just As I Am (#627)

Prayer of Confession: Psalm 51: 1-12

Have mercy on me, O God,

            according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

            blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

            and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

            and my sin is always before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned

             and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict

            and justified when you judge.

Surely I was sinful at birth,

            sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;

            you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

[Silent prayer]

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

            wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;

            let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins

            and blot out all my iniquity.

Open my lips, Lord,

            and my mouth will declare your praise.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

            and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

            or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

            and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Amen

Kyrie: O Christ, the Lamb of God (# 630: Women and Children, Men, All)

Assurance of Pardon: Jeremiah 31:33-34

We Respond with Thanksgiving

Hymn of Praise: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (# 175)

* The Passing of the Peace

            The peace of the Lord be with you.

            And also with you.

            (We greet each other with these same words.)

Prayer of God’s People, concluding with …

Our Father in heaven,

      hallowed be your name,

      your kingdom come,

      your will be done,

      on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

      as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

      and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

      now and forever. Amen.

God’s Will for Our Lives: Exodus 20:1-17

Offerings:  The Ministry of Hessel Park Church

(please sign and pass friendship folders)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
            It is right to give our thanks and praise

(Prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Doxology:  Lift High the Cross (# 264:1,4,6)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

Thanks be to God.

May the Lord who sets aside the former things

            to make space for the new,

who makes a way in the desert

and streams in the wilderness,

fashion you into worthy instruments

of the peace and justice our world needs.