Prelude (When the prelude begins, please take your seats and begin to “Listen.”)
Invitation to Worship I invite you to stand and turn to face the light as it comes into our midst. It is this “turning” or “re-orienting” ourselves toward the Holy light that is the essence of our season of Lent. Let us begin this season of listening, of hearing that still, small voice and finding our own true selves.
Introit / Meet Me Here
Reading / Liturgist We often have a “cast of characters” living inside our heads that love to carry on endless conversations–each from their own perspective. The chatter of our minds can sometimes keep us from a deeper listening and it is often difficult to understand what is a mystical connection to God. Getting our True Self into the chairperson’s seat in the committee meeting does not mean ignoring those voices of fear, pessimism, people-pleasing or accusation, but instead listening intently to them and not letting them bully us into negative action. Letting them in and letting them go is the prayer of the mystic within.
Silent Rest You are invited to sit quietly in the silence without any expectation of what you “ought” to be thinking. Don’t worry about sounds from the congregation or colds–simply let them float into and out of your attention. And if you find it difficult to settle your thoughts, contemplate the following:
Spend time alone, in reflection, on a regular basis If you want to make friends with yourself.
L: For that which, then I thought was right...
P: have mercy, God.
L: For that which, now, I regret...
P: forgive me, God.
L: For that which, hence, I know not what to do...
Seeking the Word / Luke 12:2-12 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God. P: Thanks to be God.
Anthem / “Come to the Light"
Prayer Station - Lighting Candles Today, again, we are lighting Candles.This time, however, we want you to think about people you might need to forgive and then light and forgive.Forgiving is one of the first things Jesus did from the cross.Let us follow his example, and rid ourselves of these hurts we seem to carry forever and be free of them.
Joys and Concerns The Lord’s Prayer Affirmation of our prayers / UMH #898
Please for our church families’ safety, healthy, and in peace physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Benediction / Pastor Gil Lee Now with the grace of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save us from our sin and death, love of God who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, and fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all forever and ever more. Amen
Offering / by mail Dear families of Hillside United Methodist Church, During this special and challenging time, if you are able to send your weekly pledge by mail, would you do so, please? The address of the church is Hillside United Methodist Church, 82 Center St, Goffstown, NH 03045. May God Bless You!