Sunday Worship. Mar 7. Lent 3. Online & In-Person

I invite you, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent:
by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
from “Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline”, Book of Worship.

Our sanctuary is open for your participation in corporate worship in a safe environment.
If you plan to attend in person, please make sure you answer our questions found at our website

Both 8 and 10AM services will be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC
and will be available on FM 103.5 channel in the church parking lot, perhaps all the city of Lodi.

Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are.

Order of Worship
March 7, 2021

OPENING LITANY OF PRAISE
Come, let us worship Jesus, the Bread of Life!
Christ has come from heaven to feed us with divine vitality.
We worship the One who gives us life eternal and abundant.
Bread of heaven, feed us that our souls may be satisfied.

HYMN OF ADORATION  I Come with Joy (United Methodist Hymnal #617, 1,2&4)
1 I come with joy to meet my Lord, for given, loved and free,
in awe and wonder to recall his life laid down for me, his life laid down for me.
2 I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread, in Christ’s communion bread.
4 And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known; we see and praise him here, we see and praise him here.

CHILDREN’S TIME    with Pastor Thao Thomas Toua on video

TIME OF PRAYER
Sharing Joys and Concerns Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.

Prayer of the People
When we feel hungry for more of something—even when we’re not sure what that something is, we can remember that Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. Come to me and never be hungry.”
When we feel distracted by other means of fulfillment in the world, help us to remember that Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. Come to me and never be hungry.”
When we find ourselves feeling inadequate or incomplete in our daily lives, remind us that we fill ourselves up on Jesus’ sustaining words, “I am the Bread of Life. Come to me and never be hungry.”
When we look around at friends and strangers, assessing how we measure up to others, help us to remember that we are enough and are satisfied by God’s grace when we hear Jesus say,
“I am the Bread of Life. Come to me and never be hungry.”
When we worry that the satisfaction we have now may one day run out, let us rest in the truth and fullness of Jesus’ promise, “I am the Bread of Life. Come to me and never be hungry.” Amen.

TIME OF DEDICATION Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Lord, you are the bread of heaven, giving life to the world. You fill our emptiness with your goodness. You come to our weakness with your strength. Take and use these gifts to bring in a rich harvest of your heavenly food and life-giving refreshment.

MUSICAL OFFERING          On My Knees      by Susan Frankland, solo

SCRIPTURE READING John 6:25-40 (The Message version)
Pastor: The crowd asked Jesus, ALL: Rabbi, where have you been? When did you get here?
JESUS: You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions, but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free. Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.
VOICE ONE: What must we do to get in on God’s works?
JESUS: Sign on with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.
VOICE ONE: Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
JESUS: Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. ALL: Sir, give us this bread always.
JESUS: I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
ALL SINGING: (United Methodist Hymn #628) Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry. Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in me and you will not thirst.
JESUS: You have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.
ALL SINGING: (United Methodist Hymn #628) Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry. Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in me and you will not thirst.

REFLECTION Lenten Series: I AM (3). “I Am the Bread of Life”

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Great Thanksgiving Prayer
Song During Communion         Remember Me     by Susan Frankland

SONG OF COMMITMENT All Who Hunger (United Methodist The Faith We Sing #2126)
1 All who hunger gather gladly; holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wand’ring.
Here in truth we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

2 All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest. Come from restlessness and roaming.
Here in joy we keep the feast. We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

3 All who hunger, sing together, Jesus Christ is living bread. Come from loneliness and longing.
Here in peace we have been fed. Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
May your satisfaction in Jesus and by Jesus overflow into giving to others

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