Fifth Sunday in Lent: Bulletin & Readings for April 3, 2022

This bulletin includes the order of service for the Season of Lent. The items in bold italics are intended for the congregation’s response.

Opening Hymn

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of life. Amen.

Opening Sentence, Prayer and Kyrie

Bless God, who forgives all our sins.

God’s mercy endures through everything.

God of growth and transformation, you promise us abundant new life. Teach us to welcome the discomfort and challenge of growth as part of the meaning of picking up our cross to follow you. Help us to carry our share of the world’s burden so all may know your liberating love. Amen.

(Silent Reflection)

For the times we prize selfish ends over the well-being of others.

Lord, have mercy.

For the ways in which we treat others as less than ourselves, based on what we see instead of seeing through the eyes of Christ.

Christ, have mercy.

For the ways in which fear, anger, and prejudice get in the way of love.

Lord, have mercy.

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another, that we may turn towards God and begin our effort towards repentance.

Holy God, have mercy on us and forgive us. We have set our customs above your law and have placed our faith in authorities other than you. We have insisted on our own comfort to the neglect and indifference of our neighbors. We have acted to preserve our own self-interest in the face of suffering. We have lacked creativity and compassion when envisioning solutions to the challenges many of your children face.

We are sorry. We humbly repent. Grant us the gift of hearts that grieve injustice, greed, hatred, and fear. Make us steadfast in faith and give us the courage to follow you, carrying our cross. Amen.

Hear the promise of God, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist: you are saved by faith and your sin is forgiven. Through God’s love, mercy, and justice, and by God’s choosing, you have been set free from sin. Now, with renewed hearts, let us serve others and honor the world God made, knowing the good news we have received is for all people. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading

Isaiah 43:16-21 Reader:  Kiki

16Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:18Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. 19I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,21the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Psalm 126 Reader:  Paul

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
       then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
      and our tongue with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
      “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
      and we are glad indeed.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
      like the watercourses of the Negev.
Those who sowed with tears
      will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed,
      will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Second Reading 

Philippians 3:4b-14 Reader:  Kiki

4If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (12:1-8)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)7Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

Sermon – The Rev. Fletcher Harper

The Prayers

A Contemporary Creed

We believe in one God, the Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
Source of all life and all love.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son,
Fully God, fully human,
Savior of the world,
The risen King of kings.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The very breath and power of God,
Sustainer of our life in Christ.

We believe in the church, Christ’s body,
God’s family for the spiritually homeless,
Called to be Love and Light,
To pursue justice and show mercy,

To proclaim the Good News of Christ,
To work for the common good of humanity.
Amen.

Prayers of the People

Reader: Henry

At this time of great crisis for so many of your children and for our precious planet, we come to you God, imploring your help and inspiration

In Lent, we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to pray.  We pray that during this Lent we, too, take the time to look into our own values and our relationship with God. We pray to the Lord​     

Lord, hear our prayer

We are all tempted to do wrong from time to time. We pray that we, like Jesus, have the strength to resist temptation and to do what is right. We pray to the Lord​   

Lord, hear our prayer

Almighty God, Loving Father, we pray for the people of Ukraine and others afflicted by violence, for  those suffering or afraid, for the wounded and the refugee. Be close to them and protect them. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for world leaders, that compassion, strength and wisdom guide them in their decision making. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for the better-off nations of the world, that in this and every moment of need, they may reach out in solidarity to their brothers and sisters. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for this beautiful Earth, that an unstoppable movement arise in a spirit of determination to protect it.  We pray to the Lord.

Lord hear our prayer

We bow our heads, close our eyes, and remember in silence our own personal intentions, for those who have asked for our prayers, for those sick or suffering.  (Silence) We pray to the Lord​    

Lord hear our prayer

We remember those who have died – those whom we love, and all those we do not know but who are precious in God’s sight. (Silence)  We pray to the Lord.

Lord hear our prayer

We pray, Lord, that these our prayers, joined with those of people around the world, help guide those waging war on people and planet alike bring an end to this meaningless destruction and restore peace. We make these prayers through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

Announcements

For those that would like a daily Bible read coupled with edgy thought for the 40 days of Lent, there’s an app for that on your smart phone or tablet — “Into the Desert”– made available by the same folks who developed the study guide (above).

Important Dates

4/3 – Last day for Easter Flower Memorials (donations encouraged)
4/10 – 4/24 – United Thank Offering collection
4/1 – 4/30 – Collection of items for babies for North Porch

Prayer List

The Family of Gary Chapman
The Family of Roy Holloway
The Penievska family
Brian Stephenson

Add a name to the prayer list by sending an email to prayers@oursavioursecaucus.church

Birthdays

Hailey 4/11, Carol 4/14, Carolina and Sydney 4/17

If we missed your birthday, you can let us know when it is through the member portal, tell Hank, Susan or Shanna, or send an email to webmaster@oursavioursecaucus.church

Flowers: Lucille Russell by Family

The Holy Communion

Walk in love, as Christ loves us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.   Ephesians 5:2

During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

Doxology

Praise god from whom all blessings flow. Praise them all creatures here below. Praise god above the heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

The Great Thanksgiving

God is here

All is not lost

May our hearts be open

And able to receive

Let us give thanks for grace unending

That our world might one day be restored

We lift up our praise to you, Holy God of justice, who has promised to restore the beautiful Earth in which power is returned to those to whom it has been denied. God, who sent your son Jesus Christ to call for repentance from sin and proclaim freedom to the oppressed, in these forty days lead us into the desert of accountability. As Christ rejected The Deceiver while in the desert, call us to reject the demons of our time, cleansing the spirits of individualism and defensiveness, perfectionism and fear. Help us grow in wisdom and compassion that we may be the Body of Christ made whole once again. When we hide in our own comfort, challenge us. When we hoard power, humble us. When we see only one way, open before us new paths leading towards peace rooted in equity. As we prepare for the Easter feast, let us be joyful that you have prepared a seat for your whole human family and for all Creation at your table, calling us to join with angels and saints of every race and culture, praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy God, giver of gospel and law, heaven and earth reflect your beautiful diversity.

We adore you God. Blessed is the Savior who comes to bring the Holy Advocate into our world.

We adore you God.

God, our creator, you gave your only child to model for us the giving up of earthly power, radical love of neighbor, and sharing of all possessions, even giving up life and breath in the name of love.

On the night he was betrayed, our Savior took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the disciples saying “Take; eat; this is my body given over to you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 

After supper, he took the cup and when he had given thanks, he shared freely, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

With this bread, strengthen us for the Lenten journey of self-reflection, repentance, and Atonement. 

With this wine, fill us with the fire to follow your call to deny ourselves and pick up our cross, the struggles we ourselves must face.

Knowing Jesus came to proclaim Good News to the poor and to free the oppressed, surrendering life for our salvation, we remember Jesus’ sacrificial passion. We proclaim his resurrection and the defeat of death. We live into the hope that he will return to restore our divided and unbalanced world. 

Send now, we pray, the breath of Your Wisdom to permeate these gifts of bread and wine, that we may take into ourselves the Holy Spirit who is truth and conviction.

Through, with, and in Jesus, unified in the Holy Spirit, our gratitude and praise are yours, O God, now and forever. 

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, in the words that Jesus taught us, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven. hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kindgom 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.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.

These are the gifts of God for you, the people of God.

The congregation receives communion.

(AT THE COMMUNION: We encounter the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this Sacrament of Holy Communion. All who desire a closer relationship with God are encouraged to come forward: for a Blessing or, if you are baptized, for the Bread and Wine. NOTE: Until all restrictions have been lifted, only the bread is offered for communion.)

(Please form a distanced line in the aisle and come forward to receive from the priest.)

Prayer after Communion

Holy God, through your death, we are fed with the bread of life. Let us follow your way to the cross, to be for others a sign of your compassion and life. As you have fed us, let us go out to be part of feeding the world. Amen.

Blessing

May God lead you to openness that grants understanding.
May God guide you to accountability that begins restoration.
May God inspire you to transforming love that celebrates all people and all creation.

Closing Hymn

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Credits

Disrupt Worship Project, adapted by Fletcher Harper https://www.disruptworshipproject.com/lent-2021-christ-have-mercy/ 

Contemporary Creed – https://brandonacox.com/modern-creed/Prayers of the People – https://acireland.ie/prayers-of-the-faithful-4-2-2/

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Fletcher

Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J

Verger/Tech Vergers: Kiki

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