Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

During this time of worship you may wish to have a candle to light and to have bread and a beverage for communion — whatever you have available will be sufficient.

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Gathering Song        Creator of the Intertwined        The Beyond the Walls Choir

“Creator of the intertwined,
you made each soul unique:
each one with ears to hear faith’s call,
each one with voice to speak.
Each worships where the call is heard—
in forest, temple, dome,
on mountain top, in upper room—
the soul must find a home.”

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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Scriptural Reflection        Disturb Us, Lord Prayer
        Element SM, with inspiration from the prayer by Sir Francis Drake

“Disturb us, Lord
…when in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heav­en to dim.”

Dis­turb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with our­selves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too lit­tle,
When we arrived safe­ly
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Dis­turb us, Lord, when
With the abun­dance of things we pos­sess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Hav­ing fall­en in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eter­ni­ty
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heav­en to dim.

Dis­turb us, Lord, to dare more bold­ly,
To ven­ture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mas­tery;
Where los­ing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The hori­zons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Attrib­uted — Sir Fran­cis Drake — 1577

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Set apart your worship space by lighting a candle along with the video clip.  The light of the candle symbolizes the presence of the Holy wherever we are.

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Welcome · Community Candle · Scripture · Moment of Wonder · Sermon

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AFFIRMING

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Song for Reflection & Offering        A World Turned Upside Down        Michael Card

“The lame will walk and the deaf will talk
The time has come for turning
The blind will see and the slave be free
Turn it upside down

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Offering

There are a number of ways to contribute financially when we are unable to attend worship in person:

• Make a one-time donation or manage ongoing, automatic giving on our secure website page: https://fccpuyallup.com/donate

• Use our mobile app to set up one-time or ongoing giving from your phone. Download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play to your smartphone and then search for “First Christian Church” using our zip code, 98371.

• Send checks by mail to: First Christian Church 623 9th Ave. SW P.O. Box 516 Puyallup, WA  98371

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CELEBRATING & BLESSING

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During this video clip you are invited to share the elements of communion which you have set aside for this worship time.  Bread, crackers, juice, wine, or water–all are signs of Christ’s abiding presence with us.

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Prayers of the People · Communion · Benediction

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Closing Song        In Times Like These        Ben See Music Virtual Choir

“In times like these
don’t be a stranger.
In times like these
reach out to me.”

Announcements:

Today:  Open the Week 3 bag in your Stay-Home Lent Kit

Tonight:  The Possibilities of Lent gatherings – Sundays in Lent at 7 pm on Zoom
(3/7 – 3/14 – 3/21 – 3/28)

Bring your kit, a cup of hot tea (tea bag in Week 3 bag), and a Bible

Get the Zoom link: · Check your snail mailbox or · the weekly e-newsletter The Week Ahead or · contact your elder   .


Preacher: Pastor Ray Smith; Elder: Karrin Lewis; Scripture: Rick Lewis; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People: Leslie Du Bois

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