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Worship | March 22

Online Worship

Sunday Worship

march 22, 2020

Welcome to this time of worship. While we may not be gathered in the same worship space, we are held together in Christ. Even though you may be at home, our Lord promises that where two or three are gathered in his name, he too is present.


This order of worship can be used alongside our online worship service or done together as a family around the kitchen table or on the couch. Know that while we may not be worshiping in the same space, the peace of Christ is with us.


Make your worship space at home comfortable. We invite you to light a candle as you are able to serve as a reminder of God’s presence with each of us.

How to use this worship service

The bolded words are designated for a group response.


If you are using this outside of our online worship service other readings can be read by one or multiple people gathered to worship. All present are invited and encouraged to lead as they are able.


Please log your participation using the Online Worship Attendance form found at the bottom of this page.

Welcome

pastor teer hardy

Gathering Together

margarita ramirez | liturgist

The Lord is my shepherd. 

There is nothing I lack.

God guides me in proper paths for the sake of God’s good name.

God bathes my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over!

Yes, God’s goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life. 


Holy God, why is it that we look, but do not see? 

Bring us again and again into your light until your ways become visible to us, and bear fruit in us.

Touch us so that we are utterly changed, a “before” and “after,”a “now” and “then”;

that we may also say, “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”


Lord, we believe; help our unbelief.

In Christ’s light, we pray.

Amen. 

Scripture

Pastor Ed Walker

Children's Moment

linnea carlson | children's ministry director

If your child would like to participate in the Pen Pal project during social distancing, please contact Mrs. Linnea who will coordinate pen pals for you!


Contact: Linnea Carlson | lcarlson@mtolivet-umc.org

Organ Music

dr. steven shaner

Sermon

pastor jeff goodman

Prayers for The Community

God our faithful Shepherd, we depend on you for everything we need:for daily food, for guidance and protection, for healing in injury and comfort in sorrow.You respond in abundant provision.Thank you for your tender care of us.Thank you for soothing the wounds of this life.Thank you that in the presence of enemies, especially the last enemy of death, you are with us, as Shepherd, Host, Home. 


Knowing your faithfulness in our lives, we bring before you the lives of others, the cares of this world, entrusting all things to your goodness and mercy. 


Bring healing to those who are ill in mind, body, or spirit. Bring release to those who are held captive by old hurts or new bonds that oppress and entangle. Bring freedom to those unjustly accused, relief to those burdened with debt, comfort to all who suffer from abuse of any kind. 


We pray for people living precariously in the midst of war. Protect, we pray, citizens and soldiers alike, and teach us to put away our weapons, taking up instead words of peace and reconciliation.  


By the power at work in Christ, break down the walls of hostility we build so that we may learn to live together graciously. 


We remember those living in the midst of drought and famine. We pray for rain to fall and crops to grow, and for generosity to overflow from our own hands and resources, until all your children receive their daily bread; until all your children have clean water to drink; until all your children have adequate shelter and medical care. 


Compel us to be better stewards of creation so that our habitation is sustainable and responsible. 


Loving God, help us to see the world as you see it; to see others as you see them; and to see ourselves rightly, too.Because you have come into this world for judgment, we can leave our judgments behind.Pursue us all with your goodness and faithful love until goodness and faithful love fills every heart and informs every action.


We pray these things in the name of the one who came that we might see, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who taught us to pray...

The 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 trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever

Amen

Organ Music

Dr. Steven shaner

Blessing

pastor jeff goodman

Reflection Questions

Use these questions with the people around you or join the discussion in our Facebook feed.


You can also join us on Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM to talk more using this link.


Questions are divided into Adult, Teenage, and Children.

Reflection for Youth

  1. The man in the story has no name but he does have a family, a backstory, and even something of a personality. Do you think he is meant to represent each of us or is something lost when we don’t know his name?
  2. We see that Jesus walks right past the question posed by the disciples. As we move farther into the crisis for our community and world in what ways are you called to walk past blame, fear, and anxiety and work to be a part of the solution? 

Reflection for Children

  1. What do you think it would be like to be blind?
  2. How do you think the man felt when Jesus put mud on his eyes?
  3. How do you think the man got to the pool at Siloam?
  4. How do you think the man felt when he could see? 



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