Sunday, March 7: Third Sunday in Lent

Once again, this Sunday’s worship service included the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The congregation was invited to join in this celebration of Holy Communion by taking the bread and cup in their homes, until we are able to join together in person again to observe this sacrament.

Angie Jenkins, Organist, played the Prelude, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” during the recording session. Pastor Emily Wilmarth gave the Welcome to Worship and the assurance of God‘s grace. Chad Lucas offered the Opening Litany, the Prayer of Confession, and Passing of the Peace, standing before a breathtaking view of Whiteside Mountain. It was wonderful to see Chad’s face and to have his tremendous contribution to our worship service.

The morning’s Anthem was “In the Heart Where Love Is Abiding,” arranged by John Barnard. It was sung by the Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Michael Lancaster and accompanied by Angie Jenkins on organ. It was included as a recording from the February 16, 2020 worship service. Later in the service we were blessed to have a musical offering submitted by Christine Reeder, Soprano. She sang as a solo the beautiful Spiritual “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley.”

The Scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Pastor Emily’s sermon reflected on the vast chasm of difference between the world’s, and God’s, understanding of success and wisdom. Our “foolishly” loving God willingly entered into the depths of human pain and suffering through the crucifixion of Christ. The truth we celebrate at the Lord’s table is that in life and in death, we belong to God, and seek to live into God’s loving wisdom and grace.

Pastor Curtis Fussell led the congregation in the Prayers of God’s People and the Offertory Prayer. He and Emily then together introduced the sacrament of Communion with the Prayer of Great Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer, encouraging all to join in taking the bread and cup of salvation.

The service closed with the Benediction Hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” and the wondeful Postlude, “O Lord God, Heavenly King” by J.S. Bach, played by Angie on the pipe organ.

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