March 7, 2021 Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Lent
Between now and April 11, Pastor Drew will be doing a sermon series on the Gospel of John. We will examine some of the major themes and stories found in John, such as being "born again," the bread of heaven, light and darkness, washing his disciples' feet, and so forth. Throughout this Gospel, believing is a key theme. The motive behind most of the miracles is so that people will believe in him. Today's message specifically addresses what believing in Jesus entails in John's Gospel.
“O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”
Arr. by Linda R. Lamb
Call to Worship
L: Even as we gather for worship, Heaven is declaring God's glory and the sky is proclaiming his handiwork. Even though we cannot hear it with our ears, the sound of nature's voice is making its way to the throne of God as a prayer of praise.
P: May the sound of our voices join that of nature, that our praise would echo throughout God's eternal dwelling!
"To God Be the Glory" #98
1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!
2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. (Refrain)
3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. (Refrain)
John 11:17, 23-27, 38-48, 53
17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die.
26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, the one who is coming into the world.”
38 Jesus was deeply disturbed again when he came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone covered the entrance.
39 Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said, “Lord, the smell will be awful! He’s been dead four days.”
40 Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?” 41 So they removed the stone. Jesus looked up and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 I know you always hear me. I say this for the benefit of the crowd standing here so that they will believe that you sent me.” 43 Having said this, Jesus shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his feet bound and his hands tied, and his face covered with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came with Mary and saw what Jesus did believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 Then the chief priests and Pharisees called together the council and said, “What are we going to do? This man is doing many miraculous signs! 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our people.”
53 From that day on they plotted to kill him.
37 Jesus had done many miraculous signs before the people, but they didn’t believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of the prophet Isaiah:
Lord, who has believed through our message?
To whom is the arm of the Lord fully revealed?
39 Isaiah explains why they couldn’t believe:
40 He made their eyes blind
and closed their minds
so that they might not see with their eyes,
understand with their minds,
and turn their lives around—
and I would heal them.
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Jesus’ glory; he spoke about Jesus. 42 Even so, many leaders believed in him, but they wouldn’t acknowledge their faith because they feared that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 They believed, but they loved human praise more than God’s glory.
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Bells of Praise
Arr. by Cynthia Dobrinski
“The Hard Work of Believing in Jesus”
Invitation to Give and Offertory
“All Who Believe”
Steve Grattan, Tom Norager, Cathy Grattan, Ann Jacobs
By Lloyd Larson
Sacrament of Holy Communion
"Without Seeing You" #2206
Without seeing you, we love you;
Without touching you, we embrace;
Without knowing you, we follow;
Without seeing you, we believe.
1. We return to you deep within,
Leave the past to the dust;
Turn to you with tears and fasting;
You are ready to forgive. (Refrain)
2. The sparrow will find a home,
Near to you, O God.
How happy, we who dwell with you,
Forever in your house. (Refrain)
3. Forever we sing to you
Of your goodness, O God;
Proclaiming to all the world
Of your faithfulness and love. (Refrain)
4. For you are our shepherd,
There is nothing that we need;
In green pastures we will find our rest,
Near the waters of peace. (Refrain)