Sunday March 14, 2021

Call to Worship                     Abingdon
L: God is good.
P: All the time.
L: And all the time,
P: God is good.
L: Let all God’s people cry out in joy:
P: God’s steadfast love endures forever.
L: Come! Let us worship the Lord of our salvation.

Opening Prayer                     Abingdon
God of immeasurable grace, you meet us in our time of need and cause your face to shine upon us. You sent your Son into the world, that we might be saved; and you fashioned us into vessels of your love and light. Redeem us this day, O God, that we may be found worthy of the One who came to bring us life. Amen.

Prayer of Confession            Abingdon
Gracious God, we are tired of our own grumbling. Though we run around like errant children, we long to return to your warm embrace. Though we act as if the odds are stacked against us, we yearn to rest in the knowledge that your steadfast love endures forever. Though we crouch in the shadows, we long to feel the warmth of your love shining upon us each day. Lead us from death into life, that we might live as children of light, and serve one another as heirs of your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance             Abingdon
God sent not Jesus into the world to condemn it, but that through him we might have eternal life. The One who comes from above saves us from our destructive ways and leads us into life.

Hymn     Love Divine, All Love Excelling           YouTube

First Reading – Ephesians 2:1-10
You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

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Doxology
            Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
            Praise God, all creatures here below;
            Praise God above ye heavenly host;
            Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Offertory Prayer                               Abingdon
God of light and love, as Jesus shined your light into our troubled world, may our offering bring rays of your holy light into the dark corners of our world. May these gifts reach the places where the fear of death holds sway, that others may find Christ’s light in the midst of their pain. Amen.

Hymn                              Amazing Grace                       YouTube

Children’s Time                               

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The Lord’s prayer
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. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Second Reading – John 3:14-21
14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Message                                  Pastor Mandy Miller

Hymn     I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light          YouTube

Benediction                Abingdon
L: God fills us with the immeasurable gift of faith.
P: We will live in the joy of our salvation.
L: God sends us forth to walk in the light of holy love.
P: We will walk in the light of Christ.
L: God sends us forth in spirit and in truth.
P: We will journey in the Spirit’s tender mercies.
L: Know the blessings of God.

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version. All response from Abingdon Worship

Office Hours m-f 9-1                    610-373-7062                      office@holycrossumc.com


We will be collecting MEN’s socks and for CPP for the month of March and April. There will be a collection box at the church office side porch to drop off your donations during office hours.