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Sunday Worship on March 29, 2020

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Sunday Worship

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29, 2020


: Please prepare your heart, mind, and soul to worship God, our Father in prayer.

Welcome and News in the life of the church

: Please remember and keep our church families' health, safety, and spiritual relationship with God in your prayer.

Introit / UMH #328

: Surely The Presence of the Lord

Candle Lighting / Centering Words

When our lives feel like a valley of dried bones, the Spirit clothes our hearts with flesh and breathes new life into our souls.

Silent Prayer

: Invite the Holy Spirit to come in the midst of our hearts.

Prayer Response / FWS #2193

: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

Invitation to Worship

L: When our lives become a valley of dry bones,

P: God clothes us with flesh and hearts that beat with love.

L: When our souls seem withered away,

P: God breathes new life into us once more that we might live.

L: Come! Let us worship.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

God of promise and hope,

we come to you feeling dried up,

like a valley filled with dry bones.

Share your visions of new life with us,

that we might have hope for our future.

Bring us up from the grave,

that we might live as people of promise.

Put your Spirit within us,

that we might have life everlasting.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Ministry of Music


Scripture (Old Testament) / Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Scripture (New Testament) / Romans 5:3-4; Hebrews 6:19

Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain

Sermon / Pastor Gil

From Fear to Faith

Offertory Invitation

If you are able to send your weekly pledge by mail, would you do so, please? Our church address is Contoocook United Methodist Church PO Box 356, Contoocook, NH 03229.


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.


Blessings of the Offering / Pastor Gil

Holy God, you sent your Son into the world,

that we might set our minds on life and peace,

rather than dwelling on earthly things.

Receive this offering,

that it may go forth to continue the work of Christ,

who brings fullness of life.

May our gifts be a source of light in a world

that has learned to love the darkness.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn / UMH #348

How Great Thou Art


L: Go with the blessings of the one who forgives our failings.

P: We go with God’s blessings.

L: Go with the blessings of the one who saves us and heals our hearts.

P: We go with God’s blessings.

L: Go with God.

All: Amen.

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