Worship Service

Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 14, 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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Nearer, My God, To Thee
—Lowell Mason (1792‒1872), arr. Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

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
Babs Chase and Andrew Mickley

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 watch for the coming of God’s power,
a humble servant lifted up on a cross.
God has marked us as beloved dust
and called us together to worship.

Hymn 415
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

1. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
full of pity, love, and power.

I will arise and go to Jesus;
he will embrace me in his arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

2. Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome;
God’s free bounty glorify,
true belief and true repentance,
every grace that brings you nigh.

3. Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
lost and ruined by the fall;
if you tarry till you’re better,
you will never come at all.

4. Let not conscience make you linger,
nor of fitness fondly dream;
all the fitness he requireth
is to feel your need of him.

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

By the gift of your grace we are saved, O God, from all that separates us from you. Still, we would rather believe that we can earn your love. Still, we would rather believe that we are in ultimate control. Forgive us when we do not recognize the radical gift of your grace; have mercy when we fail or refuse to share that grace with another. 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


“Lux aeterna” from Requiem
—John Rutter (b. 1945)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,
For they rest from their labors, even so saith the Spirit.

Lux æterna luceat eis Domine;
Cum sanctis tuis in æternum, quia pius es.
[Trans.: Let light eternal shine on them, O Lord; with your saints forever, for you are merciful.]

Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano solo
Keith Wright, flute
Janice Kim, oboe
Emily Doveala, cello
Gréta Ásgeirsson, harp

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
John 3:14‒21

Time with Children
The Vetrini Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
The Way of Love

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Noelle Castin
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 346
For the Healing of the Nation
st. thomas (wade)

1. For the healing of the nations,
Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords;
to a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.

2. Lead us forward into freedom;
from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.

3. All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race, or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life’s brief span.

4. You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness,
bring the life of Christ to mind,
that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

—Richard Smallwood


Improvisation on restoration
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)