Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
March 11, 2018 5th Sunday of Lent

Gathering Words:
This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Welcome and Announcements
Lighting of the Candles

Verses of Silent Reflection
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the
people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Isaiah 43:20-21

*Call to Worship (Psalm 26)
Leader: O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides.
People:Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty, Leader: But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
People: My foot stands on level ground; in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.

*Lenten Hymn: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed #78
*Opening Prayer

Lenten Candles
Epistle Lesson Philippians 3:7-14

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Lord, so often we seem to let the demands of life be more important than spending personal time in prayer and worship. Always there are tasks to be done, errands to be about, even the busy pace that caring for others can demand; yet somehow time with you gets forgotten. (
Moment of silent confession) Forgive us, Lord, and hear our hearts as we seek your love. In Christ we pray. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Choral Response: How Great Thou Art #467 V3

Christian Greetings

Children's Moment
Our children will leave for the nursery and children’s church.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus #403

Congregational Prayer with Lord’s Prayer

Gospel Lesson Matthew 26:6-13

Choir Special

Jesus and His Friends
Declaration of Faith
The Apostle’s Creed

Minute For Mission One Great Hour of Sharing
Lenten Offering

Invitation to the Offering
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Closing Hymn:
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee #310

Leader: By her gift, Mary prepared for the day of Jesus’ burial.
People: By our prayers and presence, we prepare for this Lenten turn toward Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
Leader: Remembering that our fickle passions and mixed motives are no match for the steadfast love of God, we continue the journey to the cross.
People: As we go forth, we will remember Mary’s faithfulness and Judas’ betrayal as we consider our own lives of discipleship.

Choral Benediction Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley V1&2 #80