Worshiping Together in Different Places–An online worship experience on the 5th Sunday of Lent (B)

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Nicodemus, Unknown Flemish Master

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Scriptural reflection        Nicodemus by Night        Suzanne Guthrie

In his encounters with people, Jesus finds the weak spot as the locus [point] of transformation. For Paul it is the mysterious “thorn” in his side. Paul begs God to remove it, but hears instead, “my grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in (your) weakness.” For Peter, it is his three-fold denial. After the Resurrection, Jesus will ask three times, “Do you love me?”

For Nicodemus, it is his knowledge. “How can…?” “But…?” Jesus meets the Pharisee’s literal-mindedness with a frustratingly wild metaphor: “The wind blows where it wills, you hear the sound of it but you do not know from where it comes or where it goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Jesus confronts Nicodemus’ knowing with the essential necessity of unknowing. God can be loved, says the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, but not thought. By love God “can be grasped and held but by thought neither grasped or held.”

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Welcome to Worship on Sunday, March 21, 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        O, Love That Will Not Let Me Go        Westminster Chorus

“O, love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give thee back the life I owe
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be”

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Acknowledgement of Land

(An act towards reconciliation)

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GATHERING & EXPLORING

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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        God So Loved        We the Kingdom

“Come all you weary
Come all you thirsty
Come to the well
That never runs dry
Drink of the Water
Come and thirst no more

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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        God Be With You Till We Meet Again        Virtual Choir #5

God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you,
Put his arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again.

Announcements:
Today:  Open the Week 5 bag in your Stay-Home Lent Kit
Tonight:  The Possibilities of Lent gatherings – Sundays in Lent at 7 pm on Zoom (3/21 & 3/28) – Bring your kit, a cup of hot tea (tea bag in Week 5 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: Jay Isch; Moment of Wonder: Gretchen Mertes; Prayers of the People: Marvin Eckfeldt

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