3rd Sunday in Lent March 7, 2021
Welcome and Announcements
*Call to Worship: Psalm 19 (pg. 538)
*Opening Prayer …………………………………………….. pg. 2
THE OPENING HYMN ------------------------------------------ # 230
“O Holy Spirit, Enter In”
*Confession of Sins …………………………….................... pg. 2
*Kyrie & Declaration of Grace ..………………………….… pg. 3
*Scripture Lessons: 1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 (pg. 72)
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (pg. 1131)
*The Gospel: John 2:13-22 (pg. 1054)
*Response to the Word ……………………………………… pg. 3
*Confession of Faith – The Nicene Creed….…………......... pg. 18
*Gloria Patri …………………………………………………. pg. 4
*Response: “Create in Me A Clean Heart O God” ……..….. pg. 17
*Prayers of the Church
HYMN ---------------------------------------------------- (WOV) # 662
“Restore in Us, O God”
Sermon: “House Cleaning”
HYMN --------------------------------------------------------------- # 522
“Grace Greater than Our Sin”
* Communion Service: The Exhortation ……………………. pg. 6
* The Lord’s Prayer & Words of the Institution.……………. pg. 7
Lamb of God ………………………………………………. pg. 20
Hymns during the distribution of Communion: # 511, WOV # 651,
WOV # 690, #299
*The Benediction & Three-fold Amen ...……………………. pg. 8
THE DOXOLOGY ……………………………...………….. # 390
Organ Postlude (* denotes – Congregation please stand as able)
WE CORDIALLY WELCOME all who have come to worship with us this morning! We ask our visitors to please sign the guest book and let us know how we may assist you in any way. God’s peace and joy be upon you!
Holy Communion: We invite all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and who have received Confirmation or other Biblical instruction on this Sacrament to come to the altar to participate in the Lord’s Supper. All other, including children, are invited to come forward to receive a blessing from the Pastor. We also invite you to prepare yourself by reading “Personal Preparation for Holy Communion,” (hymnal pages 14-15). Please note: The 6 cups in the center ring of the communion trays are Grape Juice for those wanting juice instead of wine.
Wednesday Lenten Service this week will be led by Pastor Barry Nelson with the Theme of Self-Control. Ladies with first names beginning in letters A - J are asked to bring bars/cookies for fellowship after the service.
This Week’s Activities:
9th – Tues. – Quilting Workday, 1:00 p.m.
10th – Wed. – Lenten Service, 7:30 p.m.
11th – Thurs. – WMF Bible Study and business Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
14th – Sun. – Worship 9:00 a.m., Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
*Call to Worship: Psalm 19
19 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
20 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
*The Gospel: John 2:13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore 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.