“the Fourth Sunday of Lent”





The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.


Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship: (Adapted from Psalm 107:1-2 (CEB)

Leader: Shout praises to the Lord!
People: He is good to us, and his love never fails.

Leader: Everyone the Lord has rescued from trouble should praise him,

People: Let us worship and praise our awesome God.

*Hymn         “O Worship the King!” PH# 476


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. We pray in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.(Please take a moment for silent reflection.)


Assurance of Forgiveness


*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#


*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.



Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Testament Reading: Numbers 21:4-9

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21

                                    This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.




*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.


*Hymn:    “O Jesus, I Have Promised” PH# 388


Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer


Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. All in the heavens and on the earth is yours, and of your own we give you. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.





*Hymn      “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” PH#404


*Charge and Blessing


*Going Forth May the Lord, Mighty God” sung to the tune of Edelweiss

May the Lord, mighty God, bless and keep you forever; grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavor. Lift up your eyes and you’ll see his face, full of grace forever; may the Lord, mighty God, bless and keep you forever.       



L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!



We follow the light of Christ out into the world.