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GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

 School at Oakly Streets                                                      Kohler, Wisconsin  

 People of Grace Church, Ministers

Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor

Marge Horneck, Lay Reader

Dan Ognavic, Musician

www.graceucckohler.org

April 2, 2017                                                                          8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

 

PRELUDE & LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES                                          Organist

THE RINGING OF THE BELL

WORDS OF WELCOME & RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  God says: I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live. Will you believe?

PEOPLE:  LORD, WE LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH.  LORD, WE LOVE TO SING YOUR PRAISES.

Leader:  Jesus says: I am the resurrection and the life.  Will you live as if this were so?

PEOPLE:  LORD, WE LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH.  LORD, WE LOVE TO SING YOUR PRAISES.

Leader:  Jesus called: Lazarus, come forth! Jesus still calls: all of us to, come forth!

PEOPLE:  LORD, WE LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH.  LORD, WE LOVE TO SING YOUR PRAISES.

Leader:  Hope in God, whose love is steadfast, whose power redeems.

PEOPLE:  OUR HOPE IS IN GOD, WHOSE LOVE IS STEADFAST, WHOSE POWER REDEEMS.

 

(8) *HYMN #363                                                                       “More Love to Thee”

(10) *HYMN #184                                      “IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST I GLORY”

 

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Forgive us, O God, when we see the world through rose-colored glasses rather than as it really is, much less the way you seek it to be.  Forgive us, Holy One, when we forsake lively and risky faith calling us to be agents of change in our world for the bland conviction that all will be well.  Renew us with your grace and ground us with your Spirit, that we might be empowered to live, in word and deed, as testimonies to the power of your love over the grave.  In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

           

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON & THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts)

(8) CHORAL RESPONSE # 29     Glorify Thy Name”

 * GLORIA PATRI  # 623              

 

EPISTLE READING:  Ezekiel 37:1-14

 

(10) LITANY OF THE DAY

Leader:  Come, Holy Spirit!

PEOPLE:  COME, HOLY SPIRIT!

Leader:  Bring us your life and your peace.

PEOPLE:  GRANT US YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR COMFORT.

Leader:  Grace us with your constant presence.

PEOPLE:  OPEN US TO DISCERN GOD’S LEADING.

Leader:  Empower us to follow Christ’s way.

PEOPLE:  EQUIP US TO DO YOUR WILL, FOR WE ARE YOUR  PEOPLE.

ALL: COME, HOLY SPIRIT!

 

GOSPEL LESSON:   John 11

 

A STORY FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

                            (Children wishing to go to child care may do so.)

 

  (10)*   HYMN # 213                                                            “BECAUSE HE LIVES”

 

THE SERMON                    “NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

 

PASTORAL PRAYER & SILENT PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts)

 

NEWS OF THE CONGREGATION

 

THE OFFERING                                                                                                                                              

Offertory                                                                                                 Organist

*Doxology # 625

*Prayer of Dedication

 

(8) *HYMN #259                                                        “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”

(10)  *HYMN                                     “IN THE BULB THERE IS A FLOWER” (insert)      

 *BENEDICTION

(10) CHORAL BENEDICTION # 601                                                           

*POSTLUDE                                                                                                          Organist

                                   *All who are able are invited to stand          

 


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