Good Morning and Welcome to the Mantua Center Christian Church. We are a community seeking to have Open Minds and Open Hearts and Open Arms...to live and love like Jesus. We are apart, yet bound together through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s look forward to what God has in store for us today in this time of worship.
Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent. This season we’ve considered different stories of Jesus and pulled from them words that have spoken deep truths to us about what it means to follow Christ--Compassion, Repentance, Reach, Equity. Today we consider two stories of people where proximity with Jesus brought transformation in their lives.
So then! Let’s prepare our minds and hearts for worship, let’s take a deep breath and Light a Candle.
Together we have set this time and space aside for the worship of God. Let’s give to God our joys, worries, and sorrows and open ourselves up to what God has to say to us today. Let us worship the Lord...
SONG - Weave (Pam and Beth)
Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together in unity and love.
Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.
SCRIPTURE READING - Psalm 84 - Carol Buzbee
OPENING HYMN He Leadeth Me O Blessed Thought (chalice hymns)
CHILDREN’S MOMENT - Ally Hurd
PASTORAL PRAYER - Sarah
SONG RESPONSE Shepherd Me, O God (Pam and Beth)
Shepherd Me, O God beyond my thoughts,
beyond my fears, from death into life
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 18:35-19:10
SERMON Transformation: Jesus is Passing By
HOLY COMMUNION - Katie Baird
Communion Song - Spirit Song (Jan)
Communion Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Words of Institution
As we gather around Christ’s Table we remember that on the night that Jesus was betrayed, he took the bread and broke it, gave thanks and said to his Disciples, “This is my body which is given for you, eat of it all of you in remembrance of me.” In like manner he took the cup and blessed it saying, “This is the cup of the new covenant in me, as often as you drink of it do so in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s life, death, and resurrection until he comes again. Remember, all...ALL are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
(Share in the Bread and Cup together)
CLOSING SONG Just a Closer Walk (chalice)
BENEDICTION - Sarah
POSTLUDE 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee arr. by James Denton'