Living Faith • Welcoming All • Sharing Love • in Christ
March 3, 2013
www.stgumc.org 4910 Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4513 Office: 703-385-4550 • Fax: 703-385-7771 Preschool: 703-385-4422 Please silence your cell phones and pagers upon entering the Sanctuary. Thank you.
WE GATHER TOGETHER FOR WORSHIP WELCOME MINISTRY AND MISSION
Rev. Denise M. Childers
WE PREPARE OURSELVES FOR WORSHIP PRELUDE
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah!
Come, Christians Join to Sing Chancel Choir
arr. Carl Netz arr. H. Livingston
+CALL TO WORSHIP Leader: The gate to the House of the Lord is open; let all who seek God enter in. People: Let us sing praises to the Lord, for the gate is not closed fast against the people of God. Leader: Come! Let us enter and worship the Lord with praise and thanksgiving, for God’s love endures to all generations. ALL: Let us worship together! WE OPEN OUR LIVES TO GOD +HYMN NO. 139 UMH
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
A WORD OF WITNESS
365 Days of Gratitude
PSALTER PAGE 137 UMH
LOBE DEN HERREN
Psalm 23 (with sung Response 2)
A TIME FOR THE CHILDREN. As children come up, the congregation sings “Jesus Loves Me”. Children are then welcome to remain in worship or are invited to join in one of our ministries for children: Happy Club (ages 3-kindergarten) is meeting today in room 101. Children’s Church (1st-3rd grade) is not meeting today. WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD GOSPEL LESSON MEDITATION
John 10:1-10 ‘I AM: The Gate’
Page 97 NT Pew Bible Rev. Denise M. Childers
+Please stand as you are able. FWS-Faith We Sing
UMH-United Methodist Hymnal
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD +HYMN NO. 454 UMH PASTORAL PRAYER
Open My Eyes, That I May See
OPEN MY EYES
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE (All are welcome to receive Holy Communion. You do not need to be a member of this church or our denomination to receive Holy Communion. Christ is the host at this table and invites all to come. Please come forward as the ushers direct. If you need communion brought to you, please inform an usher – we will be happy to bring it to you. Gluten-free wafers are available.)
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (in unison) Our God, we humbly come before you confessing that we are builders of walls more often than we are openers of gates between one another. We hide behind the doors of our pride, our jealousy, our ambition, our insecurity. We close ourselves from you and from those around us. Forgive us, O God, for building walls — the walls of injustice, the walls of racism, the walls of prejudice. Teach us to open gates to those around us — gates between family members, gates between generations, gates between races, gates between religious denominations. Bless us, O God, that we may find, in opening gates to others, we open the gate to your love. In the name of your son, Jesus, we ask these things. Amen. SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION PRAYER OF ASSURANCE THE PEACE
Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.
WE OFFER OUR TITHES AND GIFTS TO GOD OFFERTORY
Little Fugue in G
+THE DOXOLOGY No. 95 UMH Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. +PRAYER OF DEDICATION ANTHEM
In Remembrance of Me Chancel Choir THE LORD’S PRAYER (in unison)
arr. B. Redd
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as
Please silence your cell phones and pagers upon entering the Sanctuary. Thank you.
GIVING THE BREAD AND THE CUP PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION +HYMN NO. 664 UMH
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
THE ASH GROVE
+BENEDICTION Let us accept the promise of God, and enter through the gate to abundant life, Jesus Christ. We trust in the goodness of God, and God’s unfailing promises to the people of God. Go now, and open doors to those around you– in your homes, in your communities, and in your world – that God may be seen in you, and be glorified. Amen and Amen. +BENEDICTION RESPONSE O How He Loves You and Me PATRICIA O how he loves you and me! O how he loves you and me! He gave his life. What more could he give? O how he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me. (Hymn No. 2108 FWS) +POSTLUDE
St. George’s Welcomes our Guests! Please sign in the Attendance Registration pad located in the pew or complete a yellow card found in the pew rack and place it in the offering plate, so we can greet you and thank you for your visit. We are glad you are here!
Sunday Schedule 9:00 am Sunday School for ALL ages 9:00 am Lenten Study: Forgiveness in Rooms 202/204 10:00 am Fellowship Time 10:30 am Worship A nursery (located off the Fellowship Hall) is available for children through Kindergarten age during Sunday School, Fellowship Time, and Worship.
Flowers in Worship The flowers on the Altar are dedicated to the honor and glory of God and given in and to honor Joy Chappell on her 19th birthday on March 8th by parents, Tod and Carol, and siblings, Jane and Wes Please silence your cell phones and pagers upon entering the Sanctuary. Thank you.