Call to Worship (Romans 15)
L: For I tell you, Anointed has become servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs and in order that the nations might glorify God for his mercy.
P: As it is written, “Therefore I will confess you among the nations, and sing praises to your name,” and again he says, “Rejoice, O nations with his people;” and again,“Praise the Lord, all you nations and let all peoples praise him.”
L: And again, Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the nations, in him the nations shall hope.”
P: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may a bound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer of Invocation (based on Isaiah 9): We pray that the Lord Jesus, he who is Wonderful, our Counselor and Mighty God, we ask that he might be among us this day, in order that love might be genuine, that we might hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good and love one another with mutual affection. In Jesus name. Amen.
Prayer of Confession: Almighty God, through your son Jesus you took us in, you took those who were your enemies and cleansed our hearts and minds, drawing us to yourself. Help us to take in and welcome one another. Forgive us when we have fallen short, turning away from our neighbors and failing in fellowship and brotherly love. Scripture reminds us that when sin increases, men’s love grows cold. Deliver us from our sins that we might be like you and might seek after the truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: Jesus said, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink,” and “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. Come, buy, without money and without price, for Look! the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Hear the good news.
P: In Jesus Anointed we are forgiven. Amen
Scripture: II Chronicles 29, Luke 18
Sermon: When the Son of Man comes, shall he find faith on earth?
Hymns (L) #414 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, #379 Take My Life and Let It Be, #422 No, Not One!
Hymns (E) #379 Take My Life and Let It Be, #422 No, Not One!
Announcements: Palm Sunday is March 20th, Maundy Thursday is March 24th at 4 pm at Ellsworth. Sunday Service at Ellsworth on Easter Sunday will be at 8 am followed by Breakfast. Sunday Service at Laurel will be at the usual time of 9 o’clock
There will be an Ecumenical Good Friday Service at the High School Auditorium at Noon.
Ellsworth’s Session meets this Wednesday, following Community Meal from 5-6pm
Join Presbyterian Women on Thursday the 17th at the Cottages at 1:30 pm.