Order of Worship – Lent IV, March 27, 2022

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King

A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

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The Lord’s Day, March 27, in the Lord’s Year 2022

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words; * we invite you to stand as able.

Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures forever.

* Hymn 263   Lift High the Cross                                                    CRUCIFER

* Invocation

* Confession of Sin:  Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Declaration of Forgiveness in Christ: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* New Life in Christ:  If you love God, keep his commandments. After God had delivered the Israelites, he gave them The Ten Commandments:

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honour thy father and thy mother.

Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.  Thou shalt not covet.

* Response (Hymn 611, verse 1)                                                             WALK WITH ME

I want Jesus to walk with me; I want Jesus to walk with me; all along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 735)                                              GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

* The Peace of Christ    The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Announcements, Scripture Memory, & Catechism – see Bell Ringer

Hymn 245   As Jacob with Travel Was Weary One Day                        JACOB’S LADDER

Prayer of Gathering (Collect for Lent IV):  Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Reading of the Holy Scriptures

Prayer of Illumination: Guide us, O God, by your Word and Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find wisdom, and in your will discover your peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Joshua 5:9-12                          Psalm 32

2 Corinthians 5:16-21             Luke 15:1-3,11b-32    The Word of the Lord.

                                                                                    Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “Prodigal Love”

The Apostles’ Creed – hymnal page 845

   I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

   And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord,

   Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

   Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, deed, and buried;

   He descended into Hell, on the third day he rose again from the dead;

   He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the God the

  Father almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

   I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe the holy catholic Church,

   the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

   the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen, amen.

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Petition, and Intercession

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Offertory (Hymn 729)                                                                        HERR JESU CHRIST

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

* Doxology (Hymn 731)                                                                           OLD HUNDREDTH

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

* Offertory Prayer

* Hymn 479   Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling                                     THOMPSON

* Benediction

Postlude

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