East Jewett & Kaaterskill UMC:  A spirited community, sharing God’s grace.

4th Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020

 

INVITATION TO WORSHIP

CALL TO WORSHIP

Shepherd us, O God.

Open our ears to hear your calling.

Shepherd us, O God.

Open our eyes to see your care.

Shepherd us, O God.

Shear our fascination with the ways of the world.

Shepherd us, O God.

Prepare us to follow you.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Visionary creator, give us your vision.  Show us our hears, our homes, our communities, and our world through your eyes.  Wash away our blind spots, and help us to see where we do not see.  Allow us to see creation as you see it now, and as you envision it to become.  Help us realize your vision, and walk the road of life – the way and path of Jesus.  Amen

 

PSALM 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures

Leads me beside still waters; restores my life,

Leads me in right paths for the sake of the Lord’s name.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;

For you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 4.35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

SERMON

HYMN           “It Is Well with My Soul” (UMH 377)

 

v.1 When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul

(Refrain)

It is well (it is well) with my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

  1. 2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul

(Refrain)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  { Lord, in your mercy….Hear our prayers}

PASTORAL PRAYER

OUR LORD’S PRAYER ~ Together, we pray…

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, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OURSELVES & OUR GIFTS                                     2 Corinthians 9:6 – 11

HYMN  “Here I Am, Lord” (UMH 593)

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry

All who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save

I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.

Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord, Is it I, Lord?  I have heard you calling in the night.

I will go, Lord, if you lead me.  I will hold your people in my heart

 

BENEDICTION

God forth, woke to the call of God, your creator.

Go forth, true to the path lit by Christ, your redeemer.

Go forth, woke to the conscience of the Holy Spirit, your helper and guide.