Luke 7 – 3/12/2023

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Call to Worship:
L: O come let us worship and bow down.
All: Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
L: For the Lord is our God.
All: And we are the people of God’s pasture.

Medley – You Are Worthy – TFWS 2063
Raquel M. Martinez
You are worthy, God almighty, praise and honor to you belong.
You are worthy, God almighty, praise and honor to you belong.
King all glorious, all victorious, praise and honor are yours alone.
King all glorious, all victorious, praise and honor are yours alone.
Eres digno, eres digno, eres digno de-a-do-ra-cion.
Rey glorioso, majestuoso, eres digno de-a-do-ra-cion.
Rey glorioso, majestuoso, eres digno de-a-do-ra-cion.
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Thou Art Worthy – TFWS 2041
Pauline Michael Mills
Thou art worthy, thou art worthy, thou art worthy, O Lord.
To receive glory, glory and honor, glory and honor and power.
For thou hast created, hast all things created;
thou hast created all things.
And for thy pleasure, they are created;
thou art worthy, O Lord.
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(All) Holy and gracious Lord, here we are, ready for you to speak to us today through scripture and proclamation. May your loving presence bring comfort, healing, and transformation to our lives as we lean in to listen with our hearts and our minds. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Luke 7:36-50
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and when he went into the Pharisee’s house he reclined to dine. And a woman in the city who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair, kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “speak.” “A certain moneylender had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
L: For the Word of God in scripture; for the Word of God within us and for the Word of God among us we say:
All: Thanks be to God.

Our Offering to God

Anthem – Choir

Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95

Offering Prayer: Almighty God, all good and beneficial gifts come from you. Everything we are and have belongs to you. We ask that you receive our humble offering and transform it into seeds of hope
for others. Amen.


Prayer of Confession
Eternal and all-powerful God, only you are worthy to judge all people. When we judge others as not worthy of your grace and mercy then we sin. Our unrepentant sin turns us away from you as we reject your unconditional love and mercy for others. Send your Spirit among us to show us when we fail to share your love. Have mercy and forgive us, Holy One and create in us a new heart and give us new eyes to see others and ourselves as you see us: precious children, the fruit of your creating power. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

Passing the Peace

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer – UMH 895
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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen,


Song – Grace Alone – TFWS 2162
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Jeff Nelson and Scott Wesley Brown
Every promise we can make, every prayer and step of faith,
every difference we will make is only by his grace.
Every mountain we will climb. Every ray of hope we shine.
Every blessing left behind is only by his grace.
Grace alone, which God supplies, strength unknown he will provide.
Christ in us our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone.

Every soul we long to reach, every heart we hope to teach,
everywhere we share his peace is only by his grace.
Every loving word we say, every tear we wipe away,
every sorrow turned to praise is only by his grace.



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Please keep in prayer: Robert, Nina J., Edna P., Farrah, Melissa, Ruth, Bridget, Sandy, Johnnie K, Susan L., Lydia, Tina, Blanche and family, Charles C., Kyle and family, Kaye, Charlene, Marion G., Valerie H., Millie, Mary, Rosier , Drema, Mary Jane, John, Louise and Mark, Jane, Claire. Marian, Carlos, Al, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona. The ministry of Cokesbury. Streetlight, Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents. People struggling with mental illness.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this
describes you or yours, please take one.

Discernment: 859 Prayer

Please pray about Community garden, English language classes, Flea Market.

Wednesday prayer service at noon during Lent
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Growing in Grace through study:
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Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am. Come and share a meal and conversation.
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Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry: Canned vegetables 15 oz size, low sodium canned vegetables, snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, single serve
prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, laundry detergent, dish detergent, cleaning supplies in general, toiletries and personal hygiene items, size 4T pull-ups, size 6 diapers, dog food.

Featherstone School: personal hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, brushes and combs. Small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black

Growing in Grace through worship.
Weekly service Sundays at 10am.
Choir practice on Saturdays. Children at 2:30 pm every other week Adults and youth at 3pm every week.

Sign ups for Liturgists, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Care, Communion Steward, Worship banners.

All Men: Sunday following worship March 26 th in the fellowship hall. Refreshments and hear about exciting, upcoming mission projects.