Sunday Worship. Mar 14. Lent 4. Online & In-Person

It is with my best diligence and care that we open our pews for your in-person attendance at both services. Our commitment to safe gathering doesn’t diminish. Between the 8 and 10 services, added is to spray a safe disinfectant registered on the EPA List N for use against Covid-19.
(Read the complete note of Pastor Peace’s special message here)

Of course, we can worship anywhere and anytime. However, corporate worship in a space that is set aside for such sacred gatherings leads each of us to a deeper experience of God’s presence
as it helps us make room for the Spirit to speak into our hearts and transform our lives.

Both 8 and 10AM services continue to be livestreamed
and are 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 14, 2021

We gather together in the presence of our Good Shepherd,
who calls us each by name, who restores our souls,
and whose goodness and love never stops pursuing us.
This is the God we have come to worship!
We hear the call of our Shepherd, bring our fears and anxieties into His presence,
and allow His voice to lead from the hidden darkness of our lives to the feast of grace.

HYMN OF ADORATION    Spirit Song (United Methodist Hymn #347)
1 O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love.
Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul. O let him have the things that hold you,
and his Spirit like a dove will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Refrain Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
2 O come and sing this song with gladness as your heats are filled with joy.
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name. O give him all your tears and sadness;
give him all your years of pain, and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name. Refrain

CHILDREN’S TIME    with Pastor Carlos Careaga on video

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

Prayer of the People
One: When we find ourselves wondering how we are expected to navigate this confusing, intimidating world, help us to remember that we are not alone because Jesus says, All: “I am the Good Shepherd.”
One: When we feel tempted to stray from our communities, to try to make it on our own without the help of those who care about us, remind us that we are never out of your care when Jesus tells us,
All: “I am the Good Shepherd.”
One: When we take a risk and venture out alone anyway, remind us that there is no distance we can wander that God is not still guarding and holding us close when Jesus says,
All: “I am the Good Shepherd.”
One: When we’re too tired to do or to think anymore, help us to remember to rest and feel safe under the keep of Jesus, who says, All: “I am the Good Shepherd.” Amen.

MISSION MOMENT     Today is UMCOR Sunday.    Michelle Commings (8AM) Joan Gehrke (10AM)

TIME OF DEDICATION  Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Thank you, Lord, for making us yours and caring for us as a good shepherd cares for the sheep.
Help us to recognize Jesus in those who are poor and left behind, and serve him humbly with what you have given us by serving them, for which we share these tithes and offerings. May our ministries turn their fears and anxieties into assurance of faith and joy in Christ. Amen.

MUSICAL OFFERING      Shepherd     by Josh Hall
CCLI Song # 7068442 Bart Millard | David Crowder | Hank Bentley | Mia Fieldes © 2016 Simply Complex Songs

Jesus said, “The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. … I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.”

REFLECTION    Lenten Series: I AM (4). “I Am the Good Shepherd”

SONG OF COMMITMENT   Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (United Methodist Hymnal #381)
1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

2. We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING    In words of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,
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PyungAhn “Peace” Kim,  Pastor
Darla Niebuhr,  Office Admin
Roxy Witzke,  Treasurer

608-592-3480 (church)
130 Locust Street, Lodi, WI 53555