March 31, 2019 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary The Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah to release them from Roman oppression. But Jesus had a different image of what it meant to be released. When he travels to the east side of the Sea of Galilee and heals a man chained in a graveyard, he shows us what it really looks like to be a part of Godâ€™s kingdom. As Jesus sends out the man released from his demons, so he sends us - healed, released, and unqualified, yet ready.Â
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP We Gather in God’s Name ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
OPENING PRAYER God of all, you love us beyond compare and are faithful to us even when we turn away. You are patient and wise, caring and just. We admit that we are not worthy of your love for us or deserving of your good favor. We have ignored your will, treated others of your children with disdain, and failed to be grateful for your mercy and blessings. Forgive us once again. Restore us to right relationship with you and with one another, for we ask it in Christ’s name. Amen. PRELUDE | In Christ Alone Patricia Cota, composer | Bells of St. Andrew, Lynn Hayes, director *CALL TO WORSHIP Bless the Lord at all times. May God’s praise be continually in my mouth. Magnify the Lord with me. Let us exalt the name of the Lord together. Seek the Lord and be filled. For those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Happy are those who take refuge in God. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! *OPENING HYMN | And Are We Yet Alive 553 | Dennis *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy +catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. SPECIAL MUSIC | Thy Word Amy Grant, writer | Children’s Choirs; Rachel Kortum, director CHILDREN’S MOMENT WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*Please rise in body or spirit.
+In this instance, catholic means universal.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Mason Wyatt Story, son of Matt and Mary Story & Taylor Grace Jones, daughter of Adam and Jane Jones We are happy to celebrate your entrance into Christ’s holy church and welcome you into this church family. With you we renew our vows to uphold the church through worshiping, connecting, serving, and giving. With God’s help, we will shape our lives to follow the example of Christ, to surround you in steadfast love, so you may grow in the faith, and be confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to abundant life. SUNG RESPONSE Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way, wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
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PSALM 130 NIV Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Common English Bible I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! If you kept track of sins, Lord—my Lord, who would stand a chance? But forgiveness is with you—that’s why you are honored. I hope, Lord. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. My whole being waits for my Lord—more than the night watch waits for morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning! PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
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OFFERTORY | Love Never Fails JAC Redford, composer | Chancel Choir; Sarah Brammer, soloist; Craig Leffer, cellist
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Dr. Scott Engle & Rev. Arthur Jones
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INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP *CLOSING HYMN | There Is a Balm in Gilead 375 | Balm In Gilead
*BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | Polonaise in A Major, Op 40, No. 1 Frédéric Chopin, composer | Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire, pianist
Worship Series | March 9/10-April 6/7 | Join us for a seven-week look into
the geography of Jesus, the long-expected Jewish revolutionary Messiah. A virtual tour of the geography of Jesus’ life will give us a fresh perspective on the purpose of Jesus’ ministry and how it overturned people’s expectations of what was going to happen. What Jesus did really mean when he preached that the kingdom of God was at hand, and what false expectations do we carry about what Jesus is going to do for us?
Worship Series | Through April 20/21 | Join us for a seven-week look into the geography of Jesus, the long-expected Jewish revolutionary Messiah. What did Jesus really mean when he preached that the kingdom of God was at hand, and what false expectations do we carry about what Jesus is going to do for us? The False Expectation | This week we look at the expectation that the story of Jesus is only about his death, resurrection and our personal salvation. 4
PRAYER FOCUS Need Prayer? No need is too big or too small for God. If you need help in this area of your life, our pastors and Prayer Team are available to pray for you. Please send your Prayer Request as directed below.
JOYS AND CONCERNS Sympathy Teresa and Candace Lowry and Travis and Nina Lowry in the death of husband and father, Ashby Lowry (Mar 18) Larry and Dawn Phillips in the death of brother, Don Phillips (Mar 20) Long-Term Care Nancy Cates, Dan Cox, Glennys Damewood, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, John Hamilton, Jeff Simmons and Betty White
PRAYER REQUESTS You may share a joy, a concern or a sorrow by visiting our website at standrewumc.org/prayer or by calling our prayer line at 214-291-8044. Your requests are lifted up by our pastors and Prayer Team each week.
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GROUPS | standrewumc.org/news Retirement Reception for Janie Morse | Today, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Narthex Grateful for her 20 years of dedicated service to St. Andrew, we invite you to join us as we celebrate with Janie in her retirement. Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. For April, classes will be held on April 7, 14, and 28 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point Fishing Ministry | Sundays Beginning April 7, Noon-2:00 p.m. | Take your kids fishing at the St. Andrew pond! Borrow kids poles for free with parent supervision. Volunteers offer guidance as needed. standrewumc.org/news/fishing Gary’s Angels | Our Special Needs ministry is growing and we’d love to have you join us as one of our vital volunteers. You will be blessed to share in the joy our special needs children give to others. Volunteering one Sunday a month will make a wonderful impact. If you’re interested or if you have questions, contact Defae Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s Monday Morning Bible Group – Spring Study | April 8-May 20, 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart by Lisa TerKeurst | Contact Kathleen, email@example.com or 713-851-3240 to join or learn more. Childcare request, contact Defae Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org. United Methodist Women | Visit a group this year. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults Sarah Sisters | April 3, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Room 131, Storehouse Car Ministry, Jim Priebe Rachel Group | April 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 126, Financial Planning, Z Marshall LIFT | April 14, 6:30 p.m., Rev. Allison Jean, Contact Aimee, email@example.com for meeting place PALS (People with Active Lifestyles) | Wednesdays (Except First of Month), 10:00 a.m. Room 131 | A group offering senior adults educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Contact Allison, firstname.lastname@example.org. standrewumc.org/adults APRIL 10 | SMU Perkins School of Theology, Bus leaves church at 10:00 a.m. 17 | Church One Construction Update by Forrest Pool, St. Andrew COO 24 | Wellness Center for Older Adults, Veronica Simes Career Care Ministry | Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 131 | A free, weekly support/coaching group helping those who are out of work or “mis-employed” and seeking a career change. New Member Orientation at 6:00 p.m. in Room 133. standrewumc.org/support “A Little Deeper” Book Club | Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 126 | Our book discussion in April is Where the Crawdads Sing by Gail Honeyman. A light lunch will be served and please bring your own drink. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults 6
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Nothing Bundt Cakes UMW Fundraiser March 31-April 14 | Help support St. Andrew United Methodist Women by purchasing bundt cakes. Thirty percent of any purchase will benefit missions, including Prom Closet. standrewumc.org/News/Cake
VBS and Science Camp | Learn how God is good when life is wild, at this year’s Vacation Bible School – “Roar!” Explore the five senses through hands-on experiments at Science Camp. Register online. standrewumc.org/News/ VBSRegistration
Charles Stokes Golf Tournament May 6, Prestonwood Country Club This scholarship golf tournament helps future United Methodist Church leaders afford seminary education. Help ensure strong leadership for the future. standrewumc.org/CharlesStokesGolf
Good Shepherd Meditation Garden Dedication | April 14, 12:15 p.m. Our beautiful garden offers a tranquil spot on campus. Join us for a dedication, and explore this serene, peaceful place for yourself. standrewumc.org/News/Garden
College Care Packages | Support our college students with care packages from our church. Submit student information online by April 7 for them to receive a package. Get involved by making a monetary donation, donating items, or helping prepare care packages – sign up online by April 14. standrewumc.org/ News/CollegeCarePackages
Adult Summer Softball | Season begins May 19 | Have fun and meet friends. We offer teams for College-age, Young Adults (18-35), and Adults (36+) in Plano slow-pitch, rec level leagues. No experience is needed. Sign up by April 21. standrewumc.org/News/Softball 7
Holy Week Holy Week and Easter | April 14-21 | Holy Week tells a story of immense loss followed by life-changing hope and Easterâ€™s joyful celebration. Maundy Thursday | April 18, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary Good Friday | April 19, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary Traditional | April 20, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary Sunrise | April 21, 7:00 a.m., Meditation Garden Traditional | April 21, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary Contemporary | April 21 , 9:30 a.m., Smith Worship Center Contemporary | April 21, 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., Sanctuary Childcare is available for all services except Sunrise standrewumc.org/News/HolyWeek
Easter Egg Hunt | April 20, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m. | Join the fun as we invite the community to our annual Mom to Mom egg hunt. Weâ€™ll have bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Register online. standrewumc.org/News/EggHunt
Lent Devotional | Join us this Lenten season and read a daily devotional written by St. Andrew ministry leaders. Sign up to receive daily devotionals in your email inbox. Our prayer is that you will discover Jesus in a deeper way. standrewumc.org/Lent
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