March 20, 2022 Worship Service

March 20, 2022
From Earning to Receiving
Seeking God’s Ways

Prelude— Lonesome Valley (arr. Francis Jackson)—Verlene Garber, organ

                  Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen (J.S. Bach)

Introit—Calm Me Lord [VT 680]—Chancel Choir, William Eash, director; Verlene Garber, accompanist

Christ Candle Lighting—Dave Linscheid

Call to Worship

Leader:  Together we seek the way of God,

People:  whose ways are not our ways, whose thoughts are beyond our thoughts.

Leader:  Today we accept God’s invitation to the feast,

People:  where there is water in the desert and delightful food to share.

Leader:  As we worship, we receive the abundant gifts of God

People: without money and without price.

All:  So let us praise God and sing for joy.

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 acting as if we must earn your love. Open us to receiving your love as a gift.

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—My Hope is Built—VT 621

Children’s Conversation—Jim Robb

Worship Music—Do Not Be Afraid (Philip W. J. Stopford)—Chancel Choir

Scripture Reading— Isaiah 55:1-9 and Luke 13:1-9—Jon and Justin Zerger

Sermon— A Year of Grace—Renee Reimer

*Hymn—Precious Lord, Take My Hand—VT 610

Prayers of God’s People—Dave Linscheid

*Hymn—You Shall Go Out with Joy—VT 847

BenedictionRenee Reimer

Benediction Response—We are Tossed and Driven [VT 311]—Chancel Choir

Postlude—Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (arr. Fleischer)—Verlene Garber

* You are invited to stand         VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Ben Lichti

Pastors—Renee Reimer, Nathan Koontz, Todd Schlosser