Service Outline for March 5
Lent 2
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Service Outline for Sunday, March 5 10:30 AM
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Prelude, "Meditation" (M. Moussorgsky)

Welcome and Announcements,
     Acknowledgement of the Land
Gathering Song, "Show Us How To Love" 
          Hearts open, mind’s awake, save us now for heaven’s sake,
          Leave us not alone in hatred’s wake. 
          Show us how to love, show us how to love,

          show us how, show us how to love.
          Eyes open, shocked awake, much to learn from our mistakes,
          Draw us closer in our heartache. 
          Show us how to love, show us how to love,

          show us how, show us how to love.
Lighting the Candles and Placing the Bible

Opening Hymn, VU #806:  “O God Our Help In Ages Past” 
           1. O God, our help in ages past,
               our hope for years to come,
               our shelter from the stormy blast,
               and our eternal home.

          2. Under the shadow of thy throne
               thy saints have dwelt secure,
               sufficient is thine arm alone,
               and our defence is sure.

          3. Before the hills in order stood,
              or earth received its frame,
              from everlasting thou art God,
              to endless years the same.

          4. A thousand ages in thy sight
              are like an evening gone,
              short as the watch that ends the night
              before the rising sun.

          5. Time like an ever-rolling stream
              soon bears us all away;
              we fly forgotten, as a dream
              dies at the opening day.

          6. O God, our help in ages past,
              our hope for years to come,
              be thou our guard while troubles last,
              and our eternal home.

The Passing of the Peace
      One: The Peace of Christ be with you all.
      All:    And also with you!

MV #173: "Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands"
            Put peace into each other’s hands
                   and like a treasure hold it,
                 protect it like a candle flame,
                    with tenderness enfold it.

Words of Freedom

Sung Response, MV #104: “Know That God Is Good” (vs 1-3)
          1.  Mungu ni mwema, (3x)
               Ni mwema, ni mwema.

          2.  Know that God is good (3x)
               God is good, God is good.

          3.  C’est vrai, dieu est bon! (3x)
               Dieu est bon! Dieu est bon!

Opening Prayer

Time With All Ages: 
"These Hands" (Dave Gunning)
          1. Some hands have held the world together
              Some hands have fought in wars forever
              Tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

          2. Some hands have blessed a million people
              Some hands helped free the world from evil
              Tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

              Refrain (1): What shall I do with these hands of mine?
                                 What shall I do with these hands of mine?
                                 The world could use a hero of the human ?kind
                                 So tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

          3. Some hands can stop a life from dying
              Some hands comfort a baby crying
              So tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

              Refrain(2): What shall I do with these hands of mine?
                                What shall I do with these hands of mine?
                                The world could use a hero of the human kind
                                So tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

                                I want to sing it from my heart, I want to hear it in the wind
                                'Til it blows around the world, and comes back again
                                And all that we can ask, is for ours to be free
                                To use them when we want, for whatever the need.

          4. Some hands give voice to a nation
              Some hands wrote "The Times They Are a-Changin"
              So tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine?

              Refrain (1): What shall I do with these hands of mine
                                 What shall I do with these hands of mine
                                 The world could use a hero of the human kind
                                 So tell me what shall I do with these hands of mine? (2x)

Song of Preparation, MV #81:  "Love Us Into Fullness" (vs 1)
               Love us into fullness, touch us with your grace;
               Jesus, in your mercy, draw us to your face.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 (The Labourers in the Vineyard)
     One: Listen to what the Spirit is saying.
     All:   Thanks be to God!

Sung Response, MV #81:  "Love Us Into Fullness" (vs 2)
               Love us into fullness, us in your care,
               cheer us with your presence here and everywhere.


Anthem, "I Lift My Eyes to the Hills" (P. McKay)

Centering Song: "In the Sound and in the Silence" (Nancy Nelson)
                In the sound and in the silence,
                 may Holy Wisdom draw near.
          Let us feel the power of hearts and minds
                that are joined in Thanksgiving
                    and praising and longing
                and hoping for Love to appear.

Prayers of the Community and the Lord's Prayer (Nancy Nelson)

Prayer Response, MV #68:  "Kyrie Eleison"

                      Kyrie eleison (4x)
Responsive Hymn, "A Man Owned A Vineyard" (Carolyn Gillette)
           1.  A man owned a vineyard and needed a crew
               To tend to his land — there was plenty to do.
               He called out to people downtown in the square,
               "Come work hard all day and I'll pay you what's fair."
               God, you call and you send; there is work here to do.
               There's your whole world to tend; may we garden for you!
               O Lord, in your vineyard may we seek to be
               The workers who tend to your justice and peace.

          2.  He went back a number of times on that day;
               He called to new workers and promised fair pay.
               Can we but imagine those first workers' rage
               When all those who labored received the same wage?
               God, the gift of your grace comes as quite a surprise.
               For your mercies embrace even latecomers' lives.
               May all who have worked long and hard humbly learn:
               Your grace is a gift and not something we earn.

          3.  He called the complainers and said, "This is true —
               That I kept my word and I gave you your due.
               I share with compassion; I'm loving and kind.
               I care for all people and give what is mine!"
               God you give what is yours, more than what we deserve;
               May we reach out in love where you call us to serve.
               May we who have witnessed your grace gladly share
               Your justice and love with your world everywhere.

  Invitation to the Offering,
              Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
                Praise God, all creatures high and low;
              Give thanks to God in love made known:
                      Creator, Word and Spirit One.

We Bless our Offerings 
       We ask your blessing, God, on all who are gathered here and upon
      these gifts. 
      May our act of giving help reveal your goodness. May our gifts help
      grow your upside-down kin-dom where the last will be first. Amen.     

Sending Hymn, MV #171: "Christ Has No Body Now But Yours"
               Refrain:  Christ has no body now but yours,
                              no hands but yours.
                              Here on this earth, yours is the work,
                              to serve with the joy of compassion.

          1.  No hands but yours to heal the wounded world,
               no hands but yours to soothe all its suffering,
               no touch but yours to bind the broken hope
               of the people of God. (Refrain)

          2No eyes but yours to see as Christ would see,
               to find the lost, to gaze with compassion;
               no eyes but yours to glimpse the holy joy
               of the city of God. (Refrain)

          3.  No feet but yours to journey with the poor,
               to walk this world with mercy and justice.
               Yours are the steps to build a lasting peace
               for the children of God. (Refrain)

          4.  Through ev’ry gift, give back to those in need;
               as Christ has blessed, so now be his blessing,
               with ev’ry gift a benediction, be
               to the people of God. (Refrain)

Sending and Closing Blessing 
     One:  May the love of God,
               the grace of Jesus Christ
               and the courage of the Holy Spirit
               encourage and strengthen you as you go.
      All:    Amen!

Choral Blessing
           The peace of the earth be with you,
           The peace of the heavens too;
           The peace of the rivers be with you,
           The peace of the oceans too.
           Deep peace falling over you,
           God’s peace growing in you.

Quote of the week:

The future which we hold in trust for our own children
will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children."

~ Marian Wright Edelman, American civil rights activist (1939 - )
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