Fourth Sunday of Lent

Call to Worship

Leader: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Congregation: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

Leader: Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

Congregation: Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

Leader: Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 

Congregation: And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Song of Rejoicing –  Come People of the Risen King/ Glorious Day

Reading of the Scriptures – Numbers 21:4-9

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Prayer of Confession

God, we confess that we are an impatient and selfish people. When you offer us the promise of a new future, we complain that you don’t get there fast enough. When you provide for our needs, we complain that it isn’t enough.  And when our bad attitudes and negative outlooks cause us to stumble, we blame you.

Holy God, forgive our sinful ways. Teach us to be patient.  Instruct us to be grateful. Guide us to be responsible and humble.  As we turn ourselves around and look to the cross, let us experience your grace and your gift of new life.  In the name of Christ our Savior, we pray.  Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3) 

Pastoral Prayer

Songs of Reflection – The Gospel Song/ Stronger

Reading of the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Songs of Reflection –  Grace Unmeasured

The Word 

The Table

Song of Response – How Deep the Father’s Love

Benediction

Please take the time to look over the Order of Service for this Sunday and use it to prepare your minds and hearts to gather in the name of Jesus. A downloadable version of this Order of Service is available for you here to open and use this Sunday to follow along. We will begin our liturgy this Sunday at 9:30am followed by our morning message from one of our pastors. Additional music will follow for worship and reflection after the sermon.

If you would like to make yourself familiar with the music for this Sunday, you can find the songs listed in the Order of Service at the top of our Spotify playlist found here. Each week our playlist will be updated so that you can familiarize yourself with the music.

We look forward to our time together this Sunday morning via Facebook Live from our Redeemer Church Facebook page.