PLUMSTED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
March 7, 2021— Third Sunday in Lent
Call to worship
We worship in the season of Lent, a time to examine our hearts and our lives
and journey with Christ through the suffering of the world.
Let us listen for the commandments of God and align our lives with God’s vision for peace.
God has marked us as beloved dust and called us together to worship.
Prayer of the Day
Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, that we may become instruments of your saving love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Confession and Assurance
In the name of Christ, I urge you: Be reconciled to God. Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin. O Christ who chased the money changers from the temple, chase the greed from our lives and our hearts. As you overturned the tables, O Lord, overturn the systems in our world that contribute to cycles of poverty and oppression. Forgive us, O God, of the ways we contribute to the world’s brokenness. Forgive us, O God, and wash us in your mercy. Forgive us, O God, and free us to try again. Amen.
Listen, the time has come at last. Look, now is the day of salvation! In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.
Prayer for illumination
Gracious God, our way in the wilderness, guide us by your Word through these forty days so that we may be reformed, restored, and renewed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture John 2:13-22The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Affirmation of Faith Adapted from the Confession of 1967
The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of humankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for women and men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience, the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to all, moves people to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ.
Sharing of joys and concerns
Prayers of Intercession
Jesus says: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Let us offer our lives to the Lord. O God, giver of all good gifts, may the gifts we offer here today bear the fruits of peace, love, and
Invitation to the Lord’s Table
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
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Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the celestial choirs and with all 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 the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
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Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
The Lord’s Prayer
Breaking of the Bread
* Charge and Benediction
Rev. David Bowman, Parish Associate; Rev. Phyllis Zoon, Pastor