Sunday, March 14: Fourth Sunday in Lent

The morning’s Prelude was “Sarabande” from Cello Suite No. 6 in D, by Johann Sabastian Bach, played live by Angie Jenkins on the pipe organ.

Pastor Curtis Fussell gave the Welcome to Worship and the Assurance of pardon, and Leslie and Skip Randolph offered the Opening Litany, the Prayer of Confession and the Passing of the Peace via video from their home. We are very thankful for Skip and Leslie’s willingness to take part in leading the worship service.

The morning‘s Anthem was “God So Loved the World” by John Stainer—a recording taken from the March 11, 2018 worship service, sung by the Chancel Choir under direction of Dr. Michael Lancaster, with Angie accompanying on pipe organ.

The Scripture readings were Genesis 12:1-3 and John 3:14-17. The New Testament verses contain John’s very familiar words, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Pastor Curtis emphasized in his sermon that this verse, so often taken out of context and used as an admonition or judgement, should always be followed up with the next: “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” Curtis’ message presented the strong conviction that, far from condemning us, God does indeed love the world and all its inhabitants, imperfect and stumbling as we humans are, with unbounded extravagance.

Pastor Emily offered the Prayers of God’s People and led the congregation in The Lord’s Prayer and the Offertory Prayer.

Following the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again,” Angie’s Postlude on the pipe organ was “Komm, Susser Tod, BWV 478” by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Frej Wedlund.

Our origami prayer butterflies continue to multiply on the Lenten cherry tree in the sanctuary. You are invited to join us in “Praying Through Lent”: send in your prayers to be folded into butterflies and placed on the living tree. The email address is: Reached5EngagementsBoost Post

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