Worship Service

Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 21, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Pavane, op. 50
Gabriel Fauré (1845‒1925), trans. Martin Setchell

Dr. Robert R. Laha

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
Sarah and Calvin Gale

We worship in the season of Lent, a time to examine our hearts and our lives
and journey with Christ through the suffering of the world.
Let us seek God with our whole hearts
and treasure God’s word in our spirits.
God has marked us as beloved dust
and called us together to worship.

Hymn 262
Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
all saints

1. Since our great high priest, Christ Jesus,
bears the name above all names,
reigning Son of God, surpassing
other titles, powers, and claims;
since to heaven our Lord has passed,
let us hold our witness fast!

2. Since we have a priest who suffered,
knowing weakness, tears, and pain,
who, like us, was tried and tempted,
unlike us, without a stain;
since he shared our lowly place,
let us boldly seek his grace.

3. Sacrifice and suffering over,
now he sits at God’s right hand,
crowned with praise, no more an outcast,
his preeminence long planned;
such a great high priest we have,
strong to help, supreme to save.

4. Love’s example, hope’s attraction,
faith’s beginning and its end,
pioneer of our salvation,
mighty advocate and friend:
Jesus, high in glory raised,
our ascended Lord, be praised!

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Through the season of Lent, O God, we have prayed for clean hearts and right spirits. Forgive us, O Lord, if we have prayed with our words but failed to pray with our actions. Forgive us for what we have done that has contributed to the suffering of another, and forgive us for what we have failed to do that could have lightened a neighbor’s burden. Forgive us and wash us in your mercy. Forgive us and free us to try again. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


Wondrous Love
American Folk Tune, arr. Paul Christiansen (1914‒1997)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text found at #215 in Glory to God
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano solo

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin
John 12:20–33

Time with Children
The Seifert Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
The Seed of Salvation

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.21

The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of humankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for women and men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience, the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to all, moves people to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn 546
Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
sicilian mariners

1. Lord, dismiss us with your blessing;
fill our hearts with joy and peace;
let us each, your love possessing,
triumph in redeeming grace.
O refresh us, O refresh us,
traveling through this wilderness.

2. Thanks we give and adoration
for your gospel’s joyful sound;
may the fruits of your salvation
in our hearts and lives abound.
Ever faithful, ever faithful
to your truth may we be found.

3. Savior, when your love shall call us,
from our struggling pilgrim way,
let no fear of death appall us,
glad your summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever
reign with you in endless day.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

Irish Blessing
—James E. Moore


Fantasy in F Major
—Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713‒1780)