March 22, 2009



Gathering and Announcements

Call to worship:

Chilmark Community Church, United Methodist

March 22, 2009

Gathering and Announcements


Call to Worship


O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.  Psalm 107 v 1-3, 21-22


*Hymn: # 102 “Now Thank We All Our God”



        Confession  Let us invite God to bring us into God’s presence.

Have mercy upon us, O God, according to your lovingkindness.  According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions.  Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins.  For we acknowledge our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us.  Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us; In the spirit of Jesus, Amen.

(silent reflection)

Words of Assurance: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Proclamation and Praise


Hebrew Scriptures:  Numbers 21:4-9

New Testament: John 3:14-21


Response to the Word:

May the words from our lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.  AMEN


Sermon: Dan Cabot


*Hymn: # 378 “Amazing Grace”


Concerns and Prayers    

Strong covenant God, save us from being self-centered in our prayers, and teach us to remember to pray for others.  May we be so bound up in love with those for whom we pray that we may feel their needs as acutely as our own, and intercede for them with sensitivity, with understanding and with imagination. 


silent prayer



Lord’s Prayer


Offering *Hymn 94


Prayer of Dedication A Prayer of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts, which no unworthy thought can drag downward, unconquered hearts, which no tribulation can wear out, upsright hearts, which no unworthy purpose may temp aside.  Bestow upon us also, O lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you;   AMEN


*Hymn: #707 Hymn of Promise



Hymn 671 verse 1 “Lord Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing”







Next Week’s Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33


Organist: Carol Loud

Lay Leaders: Ann Deitrich and Dan Cabot

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