BETHEL COLLEGE MENNONITE CHURCH
March 13, 2022
From Fear to Compassion
Seeking God’s Ways
Prelude—A Suite of Passion (Wilbur Held)—1. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now—2. In the Cross of Christ I Glory—3. O Darkest Woe—Karen Schlabaugh, organ
Introit–What Wondrous Love Is This (arr. Douglas Wagner)—Chancel Bells; Verlene Garber, director
Christ Candle Lighting—Todd Schlosser
Call to Worship
Leader: Together we seek the way of God.
People: As disappointment oppresses and violence threatens,
Leader: We come to ask: Whom shall we fear?
People: We come to be reminded of God’s power and to be led more deeply into God’s love.
Leader: We long to gather under the wings of Christ, as a mother hen,
All: and to learn the holy way of compassion.
Lenten Prayer of Confession
Leader: Holy One, we seek you while you may be found.
People: We call upon you while you are near.
Leader: Have mercy on us, O God, for our thoughts are not your thoughts and our ways are not your ways.
People: Forgive us for living out of fear. Help us to live out of compassion.
Leader: As we walk with Christ on the Lenten journey, let us see your way more clearly
All: and follow your way more faithfully.
*Hymn—I Sought the Lord—VT 161
Children’s Conversation—Glen Ediger
Worship Music—When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (arr. Kastner & McChesney)—Chancel Bells
Kin-dom Report—Elizabeth Schmidt
Scripture Reading—Luke 13:31-35—Bill Swartley
Sermon—Looking Into Fear, Seeing Compassion—Nathan Koontz
*Hymn—Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth—VT 426
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—The Lord Is My Light—VT 437
Postlude—What Wondrous Love Is This (Manz)—Karen Schlabaugh
* You are invited to stand
VT = Voices Together
Audio visual—Francis Toews
Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser