| March 22, 2020 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. You are invited to use as little or as much of these worship resources as you like. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at email@example.com. Additionally, please note that Shepherd has no control over advertisements that precede elements linked to YouTube.)
Instrumental Prelude: Shepherd of Life click to view
Call to Worship: God does not see as mortals see. We look on the outward appearance; God looks on the heart. Jesus, Light of the World, give us eyes to see as you see! Once we lived in darkness, but now – as children of light, we are called to what is good and right and true. Jesus, Light of the World, give us eyes to see as you see!
Opening Hymn: You're Worthy of My Praise click to view
Call to Confession: We cannot earn God’s favor. It comes to us, not as something owed, but as a gift freely given. Confident in God’s love for us, even when we are ungodly, we confess our sins in faith.
Prayer of Confession: Gracious God, we are people who still love darkness rather than light. We keep shameful deeds secret, but flaunt our occasional acts of virtue. We see ourselves as blameless, but pass judgment on others. We do not stand firmly enough with those who are vulnerable, but step back, protecting ourselves. Forgive us, we pray. Bring us into your light that we may see ourselves rightly. Bring us into your light that we may know ourselves loved. Bring us into your light that we may live more fruitful lives. Keep raising us, we pray, from the deadness of sin, and shine upon us with your grace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen. (Please take a moment for silent confession.)
Assurance of Forgiveness: The psalmist assures us that God’s goodness and mercy will follow us, even pursue us, all the days of our life. As God’s forgiven people, receive this goodness and mercy, and live a new life in the grace of Jesus Christ. Let us live as children of the light, for Christ shines on us. Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
Sung Response: Kyrie Eleison click to view
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Time with Young Disciples: Psalm 23 - Children Share stories about times you have felt scared. In what ways have you felt Jesus caring for you in difficult times? Click here for coloring sheets and family devotionals for Psalm 23.
Scripture & Sermon: click to view
Scripture Prayer: O Lord, may the words of your mouth be our daily bread, and may the leading of your Spirit become our way; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
Hymn: Open My Eyes That I May See click to view
Offering & Prayer of Dedication click to view
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Doxology click to view
Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer click to view
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.
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Hymn: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms click to view
Sending: May the love of God enfold us. May the grace of God uphold us. May the power of God set us free to love and serve all God’s people. Now to God, who by the means of the power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ask or even think, to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all times, for ever and ever.
Sending Song: Shalom click to view