The Liturgy from worship at Church of the Savior, March 8, 2020

GATHERING

Prelude


Opening Prayer and Welcome


Opening Song: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


Call to Worship
- inspired by Romans 12:1-2

We gather together in the name of our God,

the maker of heaven and earth,

who calls us away from the customs and attitudes of the world around us,

and invites us instead into a transforming relationship with him and with one another.

Let’s worship God together!


Opening Song: Come, Worship God


Call to Confession


Confession

Father God, in whose love we live and move,

you made us stewards of your world, and we have abused it.

We don’t take time to care for your planet, or your people.

Lord, we pray for a world crying out to feel loved, wanted, cherished and unique.

We confess that we turn a blind eye to those in need, both nearby and far away.

Lord, for all those who are suffering,

your kingdom come, your will be done.


Father God, so many of us do not know the true horror of war.

We avoid the news, preferring to be ignorant.

Lord, we pray for a world torn apart by conflict and war,

for a world that lives uneasily in a climate of fear with no clear vision for future days.

For all those who suffer because of war, Lord,

your kingdom come, your will be done.


We confess that we often think less of others than of ourselves.

There is so much division here in our small town.

There is so much division throughout the earth.

Lord, for those places where division between nations, race, religion,

neighbor, and family leads to distrust and violence, we pray:

your kingdom come, your will be done.


We pray for a world that is short on joy.

We are too busy to enjoy this world you have created,

too preoccupied with living to appreciate life.

Heavenly Father, source of all joy,

your kingdom come, your will be done.


Lord, we need to know your love, your hope,

your peace, your joy and salvation.

Bless us, bless our communities, our country, our world.

And in all things, Lord,

your kingdom come, your will be done. Amen

Praying for our world

Assurance of Pardon

In Isaiah 46 the Lord says 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure.'

Friends, rejoice! The Lord is King. In all things the Lord will be victorious.

And we share in that victory. Your sins are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.


Passing the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.


Song of Praise: We Are People on a Journey


Offerings of Thanksgiving

First Offering: COTS General Fund

Second Offering: World Renew

Offering of Music


Children’s Message - Julia Lincicum


Prayer of Illumination


Scripture

Matthew 10:1-10

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.


These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God


Sermon: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done


Song of Response: Jesus Shall Reign

Congregational Prayer - Chris Rea


HOLY COMMUNION
The Great Thanksgiving
Dear friends, we are going to Jerusalem with Jesus.

He is our pardon, our healing, and our peace.

We will suffer the trial with him, resisting evil.

We will walk the path to life with him.

But come first to the table where there is food for the journey.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give God our thanks and praise.

We are right to praise you, faithful God!

You answer sin with grace;

you guide our wayward steps toward home.

You are safety for the poor, mending for the broken,

belonging for the outcast,

strength for the weak, and pardon for the sinner.

You reveal your kindness in every sorrow,

your mercy even in death.

All your creatures see your works;

they sing your steadfast love.

We too declare your wonder and grace

as with angels and saints we sing:


Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord


We thank you, O God, for Christ Jesus.

He fasted and prayed; he was tempted and tried.

He relied on you for everything.

He was obedient to you and scorned by the powers of this world.

He confounded the haughty and gave hope to the humble.

He was betrayed and deserted. He died between thieves and was buried in a borrowed grave.

You gave him new life. He lives even now, our healer and friend.

He loved us well, loved us to the end, and loves us still.

Even on the night of betrayal, he ate supper with his friends.


Words of Institution and Prayer for the Spirit

Holy Spirit, come! Make all things new. Bless this bread which you have given and human hands have made. Break the bread Let it become for us the bread of life. Bless also this cup, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. Pour the cup  Let it become for us the cup of salvation. Bless us also who eat and drink, that in this sharing we may know the living Christ who is with us now, and to the end of the age. Nourish us by these gifts to be willing servants of your world until the new kingdom comes, and every creature beholds it.


Now let us pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, saying:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen


Invitation

Is not the bread we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Come, celebrate the life that comes from Christ Jesus. These are the Gifts of God for the people of God.


Song during Communion: What Wondrous Love is This


Thanksgiving After Communion Chris

Let us give thanks!

Thank you, merciful God, for gladness in this bread and cup, for love that cannot die, for peace the world cannot give, for joy in the company of friends, for the splendors of creation, and for the mission of justice you have made our own.

Give us the gifts of this holy communion — oneness of heart, love for neighbors, forgiveness of enemies, the will to serve you every day, and life that never ends.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


Congregational Announcements


Closing Prayer - based on Ephesians 3

Almighty God, empower your people to join hands on our journey of faith.

Send us your spirit of hope, so that we may work to lessen human suffering

and foster charity and justice in our world. Lord, your kingdom come, and your will be done. Amen


Each week of Lent we extinguish one candle, as we move toward the darkness of Good Friday.


Closing Song: Lift High the Cross


Blessing


Postlude