Worship Service

Third Sunday in Lent (March 7, 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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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
—Charles Converse (1832‒1918), arr. Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

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
The Browne Family

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 listen for the commandments of God
and align our lives with God’s vision for peace.
God has marked us as beloved dust
and called us together to worship.

Hymn 394
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
westminster abbey

1. Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion’s help forever,
and our confidence alone.

2. To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come, with all your loving-kindness;
hear your people as we pray,
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.

3. Here bestow on all your servants
what they seek from you to gain;
what they gain from you, forever
with the blessed to retain;
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.

4. Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever three and ever one:
one in might and one in glory
while unending ages run!

Prayer of Confession
Dr. Robert R. Laha

O Christ who chased the money changers from the temple, chase the greed from our lives and our hearts. As you overturned the tables, O Lord, overturn the systems in our world that contribute to cycles of poverty and oppression. Forgive us of all the ways we contribute to the world’s brokenness. Wash in your mercy and free us to try again. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


“Kyrie” from Requiem
—John Rutter (b. 1945)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Translation: Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Keith Wright, flute
Janice Kim, oboe
Emily Doveala, cello
Gréta Ásgeirsson, harp

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin
John 2:13‒22

Time with Children
The Smar Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
Where is God?

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 432
How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

1. How clear is our vocation, Lord,
when once we heed your call
to live according to your word
and daily learn, refreshed, restored,
that you are Lord of all
and will not let us fall.

2. But if, forgetful, we should find
your yoke is hard to bear;
if worldly pressures fray the mind
and love itself cannot unwind
its tangled skein of care:
our inward life repair.

3. We marvel how your saints became
in hindrances more sure:
whose joyful virtues put to shame
the casual way we wear your name,
and by our faults obscure
your power to cleanse and cure.

4. In what you give us, Lord, to do,
together or alone,
in old routines or ventures new,
may we not cease to look to you:
the cross you hung upon,
all you endeavored, done.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

—Richard Smallwood


Carillon, Op. 75
Edward Elgar (1857-1934), transcribed by Hugh Blair