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First Presbyterian Church Worship – 3rd Sunday in Lent, 03/07/21

“We Are Here To Help You in Your Walk With God.

WELCOME     Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell                                                                                                            

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                                               

L: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another

P: as God in Christ has forgiven you.

L: The Lord God said:

P: I will give you a new heart and a new mind

L: I will take away your stubborn heart of stone

P: and give you an obedient heart.


HYMN     “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                                           


WE LIFT OUR PRAYERS                                                                                                         

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:                            

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost.  We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way.  We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure stained, and great when we are small.  We failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored you truth.  Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin.  Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON:                                

L: The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

P: I declare to you in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven when you place your faith in Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross for your sins.  May the God of mercy, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you onto eternal life.  Amen.





PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION:                      

O God, you inspired this Scripture, open our hearts to receive its message.  Amen.


Old Testament Reading:  (Exodus 20:1-17)                                         

Gospel Reading:  (John 2:13-22)                                              


Message:  “The Cleansing of our Temple” by Rev. Dr. Gene Sipprell


HYMN:  “Beneath The Cross”                                    







Friends, this is the table the Lord has prepared for all. People shall come from the east and the west and the north and the south and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. All who proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior are invited to partake for this is indeed the Lord’s Table.


L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P: We lift them to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

L: It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise. Therefore we praise you, joining with the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

L: You are holy, O God of majesty. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

P: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus come in glory.

L: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these, your gifts of bread and wine. May they be for us the body and blood of Christ, a redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this, our sacrifice as a living and holy offering of ourselves that our lives may proclaim the one crucified and risen. Amen.



Prayer After Communion:

Loving God, you have given us a share in the one bread and the one cup and made us one with Christ.  Help us to bring your salvation and joy to all the world.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



HYMN: “What Wondrous Love Is This?”                          



Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.




L: The peace of God, which passes all understanding,

P: keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God

L: and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the blessing of God Almighty,

P: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen.


Closing Hymn: Go Now In Peace

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.


Music by Don Besig

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