View the worship service for March 17, 2024

March 17, 2024
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Christ Among Us, the New Covenant

Christ Candle Lighting

Centering Music—Will Wiebe-Friesen

Welcome and Call to Worship—Roger Neufeld Smith

One: “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. No longer will they teach their neighbors, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord!’ because they will all know me, from the least to the greatest.”

Many: This new covenant is being offered to us.

One: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

Many: Death must come before resurrection. A seed fallen to the soil and broken open can become life for many.

All: This new covenant is being offered to us: to lay down our life and follow. One: The life-giving ways of God placed within our minds and written on our hearts, where we are forgiven and our sins remembered no more, where we are God’s people and God is our God.

*Hymn—God Loves All His Many People—VT 767

Children’s Conversation

Anthem—Chancel Choir, Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist

Scripture Reading—Luke 24:13-35

Sermon—Breaking the Body of Christ?—Cesar Garcia

*Hymn of Response—We Are People on a Journey—VT 464 (Somos pueblo que camina)

Prayers of God’s People

Prayer of Confession

One: O God, we gather before you, seeking your mercy. Hear us, we pray.

Many: We confess that we sin against you.

One: O God, wash us, make us clean, create in us a new spirit.

Many: Stay close to us, restore us to your truth.

All: So that we can cry out with joy, cleansed in your abundant mercy.

*Hymn—Lo, I Am with You—VT 284



* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Keyboard- Will Wiebe-Friesen

Audio visual— Ken Lamp