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Fifth Sunday in Lent--March 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 21, 2021
(UberConference call 234-204-0311)


[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call.  Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone.   Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]



Call to Worship

One: The journey of Lent continues with a journey of sacrifice.
All: We are called upon to give our lives to God.
One: We are called upon to give of ourselves to others.
All: Lord, help us to reach inward in confession and outward in service.
One: Be with us this day and walk with us on this journey.

Opening Prayer

Lord’s Prayer  

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. AMEN

Opening Hymn                       All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Compassionate Lord, forgive us when we falter on this Lenten pathway; when the road ahead seems too uncertain and we are afraid. We admit that following Jesus is not an easy task. Jesus requires us to be willing to make the ultimate commitment of our whole lives, and we hesitate and hold back. Draw us back to you, Lord. Give us confidence and courage to face the future with hope. Let us place our trust in you that the message of peace and mercy you have given to us through Jesus Christ may be offered to others through our own witness to your healing mercy.

Assurance of Pardon

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 of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace. 

Prayer for Illumination

Hebrew Scripture Jeremiah 31:31-34

Special Music                          How Beautiful                                   Covenant Choir        

Gospel Lesson John 12:20-33

Message                                     Again and Again, We Seek Jesus

Hymn of Response                Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Affirmation of Faith             Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand Of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Prayers of the People 

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


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. Amen

Closing Hymn                            Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!