Online worship - March 29, 2020

Until the Sheltering at Home requirements are lifted, we will be worshiping online.

    A Simplified Order of Worship  March 29, 2020 5th Sunday in Lent (Scroll down for audio)

Call to Worship
Come, let us worship God together,
Though we are parted by distance, sheltering at home,
We are together in the presence of our God,
God who knows that neither time nor distance, nor anything else
Can isolate us from God and one another in God’s spirit.
Come, Let us worship the Lord.

First Lesson Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

Song     “A Mighty Fortress”    Virtual Choir*

Gospel Lesson: John 11:1-45
L: The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ P: Praise to you, Lord Christ

Sermon: “Rocks and Bones” Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn      “My Precious Child”    George R. Crisp*

Prayers of the People

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.
    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Offering     “Prayer”    George R. Crisp*

Prayer of Dedication


Song of Blessing: “Shalom to You” First UMC National City*

Passing the Peace of Christ

*Notes on the music. I have made every effort to ensure that the music used in these online services is either free of copyright or is used by permission. This means primarily a search online for such materials since CD's and other recorded media are copyrighted and so are most of the things on Youtube.

"My Precious Child" and "Prayer" are original songs copyrighted by my dear friend George R. Crisp and used by his kind permission. These, and other of his songs are available on iTunes and Amazon.

"My Precious Child" was written for a dying colleague as a gift of peace and assurance.

"Abide with Me" by Henry Lyte, 1847.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, treble solo by Bruce Blyth.
"Abide With Me" Author Henry Lyte was inspired to write this hymn as he was dying of tuberculosis. He
finished it the Sunday he gave his farewell sermon in the parish he served for many years. He died less than three weeks later.