Marshall Presbyterian Church
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
* CALL TO WORSHIP
One: This is the day God has promised: the day of the new covenant.
All: We are here because our hearts are filled with love for our God.
One: No longer carved on cold stone, this covenant is engraved on our hearts.
All: Our hearts are open, so God's Word can shape us.
One: We will reach out to our neighbors our friends and family, even to strangers.
All: Our hearts are ready to serve God and all of God's people. Let us worship God.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #165
The Glory of These Forty Days
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, we confess that we have failed to live in covenant relationship with you and one another. We have exploited our relationships with one another and the earth for private gain. Our hearts have become hardened to the suffering we have caused…silent prayers of confession… Forgive us, Lord. Create in us a new heart, and write your law there so that we will love you with all of who we are and love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: Friends, hear the good news of the gospel. In Christ, we are forgiven and restored to right relations with God and one another. God in Christ has made a new covenant with us and empowers us for justice-seeking in our world.
All: Thanks be to God; Amen.
* GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
* PASSING THE PEACE
SPECIAL MUSIC: Purple Hymnal #166
Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm: Psalm 119:9-16 Ephesians Hebrews 5:5-10 “
Gospel: John 12:20-33 “
One: The Word of God for the People of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #167 Forty Days and Forty Nights
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
* PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O God, your gifts are manifest all around us and especially in this community of hope, love and peace. May the gifts we return to you today be a sign of our commitment to do your work in this community and in our world to establish the flourishing of all your children. Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #541 God Be with You Till We Meet Again