Today’s guest speaker is Nellie Baker CRE.
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Gathering Around the World
Prelude Music Director Robert Senay
CHORAL INTROIT: “Come All Christians, Be Committed”
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: Oh God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirst
People: So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Leader: Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips
will praise you.
People: So, I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my
hands and call on your name.
People: Let us worship God!
INVOCATION Nellie Baker CRE
HYMN “God of Grace and God of Glory” 528
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (unison)
We have been tempted, loving God, to go our own way without reference to eternal truths. We seek our own gratification rather than the well-being of all your children. We compare ourselves to others and find their failures but seldom discover our own shortcomings. We seek to build our lives by our own limited design rather than by your larger purposes. We engage in immorality in the name of freedom and become enslaved by our selfish ambitions. The ground on which we stand is crumbling under our feet. O God, forgive us and grant us a firmer foundation. Amen
Assurance of Pardon
*Time of silent prayer.
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
Response – Gloria Patri
CHOIR ANTHEM: “Christ be our light”
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading: Isaiah 55: 1-9
Luke 13: 1-9
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God
Sermon: “Second Chances”
HYMN “Just as I Am” 417
*Apostles Creed (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Doxology (Hymnal page 382)
Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People Nellie Baker CRE
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN “ Amazing Grace” 107
CHOIR POSTLUDE: “Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”
BIRTHDAYS: Bob Fisher, Ed Caffrey, Lauren Phillips, John Cole
ANNIVERSASRIES: Butch & Cindy Ward, Bryan & Cheryl Bell, Doug & Marilyn Ward
SYMPATHY: Family of Jamie Lee Kearns
Family of Zona White
JOYS & CONCERNS Evelyn Wood will be 100 years old on April 3rd, pass the word and send her a card shower. Maybe we can get her 100 cards.
James O’Hara had his wisdom teeth removed on Thursday, March 17th. Oral surgeon reported all went well. Barb says thanks for all the prayers.
Mary Esselstyn let us know that her brother Carl fell and broke his neck. Please pray for his speedy recovery.
Prayers for our soldiers that have been deployed to help overseas and pray for the Ukraine people.
CONTINUED PRAYERS for:
Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June & Keith McGill, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Frank & Nellie Baker, Tom Westfall, MaryAnn Durila, Elaine Belcascro, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Laura Davis, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Martin, Ed Horne, Sarah Wilson, Robin Durila, Bill Poland, Amy Ward, Don Matthews, the Warlow Family, Pat Haggerty, Nancy Youmans, Ida Henderson, Jean Westfall, Don Cunningham , James O’Hara and Carl.
Remember Our Food Collection. – And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6: 37.
Please let Betty Fisher know if you are aware of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
You have until Sunday, April 10th, to order your Easter Flowers. Order forms are on the table in the back of the sanctuary. See Cheryl Bell with any questions.
We will be participating in the “One Great Hour of Sharing” during this Lenten Season as we always have. Envelopes are in the pews for your convenience in giving to this much needed program.
Please notice there are session highlights on the inside of the Joys and Concerns.
Because of urgent needs both in our country and abroad, session has divided North Buffalo Church’s mission giving for this year among several worthy causes. Our church will give $750 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which will be used to help people wherever they are in need, from victims of war in Ukraine to victims of tornadoes in the Midwest. Our church will contribute another $750 to the Synod of the Trinity’s effort to bring humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Our impact will double because the Synod has pledged to match gifts from individuals and churches up to a total of $24,000.
Our church will also give $1,000 to Washington City Mission, $1,000 to Washington Christian Outreach’s backpack program for children, and $1,000 to support the missionary work of Jim and Jenny Knox in Uganda, in addition, North Buffalo will contribute $600 to Samaritan’s Purse, $500 to Upper Buffalo Church’s community outreach program, $500 to Resurrection Power of
Washington and its work helping adults recover from addiction, $500 to the Greater Washington County Food Bank, $300 to the Salvation Army, $300 to Washington Women’s Shelter and $300 to Washington Humane Society.
Throughout the rest of Lent and until the Sunday after Easter, North Buffalo will also provide special colored offering envelopes so that worshipers can give to One Great Hour of Sharing. For more than 70 years, One Great Hour has supported people in need through three separate mission programs of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
After a two- year pause due to the pandemic, our church will hold a breakfast following the Easter sunrise service this year. The food selections may not be as abundant as in past years, but it will be wonderful to resume the tradition and enjoy food and fellowship after the early service and before our regular Easter service.
Speaking of food, North Buffalo will again hold a church picnic in conjunction with Upper Buffalo Church. The first one was a great success last year, and this year’s event will be held on August 28th at the same shelter in Cross Creek Park.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.