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Lower United Methodist Church

March 21st, 2021
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church this morning at 10:30.
Greeting and Welcome
Prelude - I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Centering Words (Pastor)
The chief priests have decided they wanted to arrest Jesus away from the crowds of followers. Judas offer to help and deliver him during the night. While Jesus prayed at the Mount of Olives, Judas betrayed him to the Jewish rulers. To identify Jesus in the dark, Judas uses the traditional greeting of respect, honor, and brotherly love… a kiss!
 
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
We heard the echo of hosannas spoken in love.
Were you in the garden when the disciples fell asleep?
We saw the betrayal in Judas’s kiss.
Were you in the courtyard when the cock crowed?
We felt the denial in Peter’s mouth.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
We heard the silence of the world in darkness.
 
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Merciful One, help us remain faithful in the midst of our betrayals. Help us to stay awake during our times of trial. Forgive us when we wash our hands in the face of evil. Out of Christ’s anguish, help us see light. Out of Christ’ suffering, help us touch the mystery of mercy and grace that pours from your heart of love. Amen.

Hymn
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus       UMH 349
 
Joys and Concerns – Lord’s Prayer
 
Scripture reading
Isaiah 53:1-5
 
Hymn
Beneath the Cross of Jesus               UMH 297
 
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Lord Jesus, you know our hearts, and still you love us.
We have denied you, and we have denied our calling to serve one another. We have betrayed you, and we have betrayed your commandment to love one another. Teach us to love and serve you faithfully and to love and serve one another by the example you have set for us. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Responsive)
Rejoice, our Lord offers forgiveness and restoration.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
 
Text
Mark 14:43-50
 
Sermon
“Betrayed with a kiss”       Rev. Ileana Rosario
 
Hymn
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross        UMH 301
 
Benediction
Go into the world with the light of Christ in your heart.
Go with courage willing to stand by the truth.
Go forth with hope in your heart and love to share!

Postlude -  Nearer, My God, to Thee
Next week, March 28th,
we celebrate Palm Sunday
to prepare us for Holy Week.

Join us from 6:00-6:30 pm on
Good Friday, April 2nd,
for a meaningful worship experience.

On Easter Sunday, April 4th,
we will gather at the foot of the cross to sing and pray together. Then, we will move into the sanctuary for a joyful service with communion. 
Please remember those on our Prayer List in your prayers:

Ashley Hutchison and new baby
Floyd Ward
Vicki Hogge

We also lift up:
Pope Francis' quest for unity and peace
Return of the ospreys, God's creation
The ministry of the crosses
Last week's offering:
In-person  $3,717.00
E-giving    $   277.50
Total          $3,994.50

Needed for weekly goal:
$4,135.00

Our offerings YTD:
$43,761.82
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
$45,485.00

 
 
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