MARCH 20, 2022

The Order for the Worship of God

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Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.

 

Welcome and Greeting


Prelude     Ever, Only, All for Thee          arr. Robert J. Powell

Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for thee.

Call to Worship

Hymn     # 501     Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

Psalter:     Psalm 63     (NRSV)          Nancy Dunn

1O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

4So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips

6when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

7for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

8My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

9But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth;

10they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals.

11But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Prayer for Illumination     

      

Old Testament Reading:     Isaiah 35  

       35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.

       3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

       5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

       8A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. 9No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

 

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.


Choral Anthem     Lord, I was Blind

Lord, I was blind; I could not see

In your marred visage any grace

But now the beauty of your face

In radiant vision dawns on me


Lord, I was deaf; I could not hear

The thrilling music of your voice

But now I hear you and rejoice

And sweet are all your words and dear


Lord, I was dumb; I could not speak

The grace and glory of your name

But now as touched with living flame

My lips your eager praises wake


Lord, I was dead; I could not stir

My lifeless soul from sin to flee

But now since you have quickened me

I rise from sin's dark sepulchre


For you have made the blind to see

The deaf to hear

The dumb to speak

The dead to live

And so I break the chains of my captivity


Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 384     When I Survey the Wondrous Cross          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



New Testament Reading:     Luke 18:35-43


       35As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” 42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” 43Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.



Sermon     “Receive Your Sight”          Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Moment for Mission



Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession


In Singapore, missionaries Leonard and Dewi Sidharta are developing a new ministry to train pastors for service in China.



Hymn     # 64 How Deep the Father’s Love          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Benediction   



Postlude     Thine the Amen          setting Kristina Langlois


Thine the praise, alleluias angels raise