Estes Park United Methodist Church

March 7, 2021

Third Sunday in Lent

Order of Worship


Prelude​ – There is a Fountain




Call to Worship

Leader:​ The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.

People:​ Your law, O God, is perfect, reviving our souls, and your ​​​commandments are sure, rejoicing our hearts.

Leader: Let our words and worship, the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable ​​to you,

People:​ O God, our rock and our redeemer!


Opening Prayer (Unison)

O Wise God, you have come to us in the form of a vulnerable child; you teach us that the last are first and the first, last; you lead us on a Way to new life that leads through death.  Truly your wisdom is different than ours!

Meet us in right now and teach us your wisdom and your vulnerable power;

give us joy to receive it fully and courage to live it, through Jesus Christ, your Wisdom and Word.  Amen.


Opening Hymn​ – Lift High the Cross


Prayer of Confession

Leader:​ Jesus, cleanser of temples and souls, at this mid-point in the Lenten ​​journey, look deep within our hearts and our lives, and clear away all that holds us back.

People:​ May our minds, spirits and bodies be a Temple that is open to your ​​presence: and may our words and our actions be transparent to ​​your love and truth.  We pray that this church community, will be ​​purified in its life and mission, so that all that we do may reveal ​​your Gospel to others. In a moment of silence, we sit before you, ​​and name those things for which we seek your cleansing and ​​healing, so that we may be more faithful disciples.


Silent Prayer


Assurance of Pardon

Leader:​ Friends of Jesus, we are made clean by the words he has spoken to ​​us.  There is room in our lives and in our community for the Holy One to dwell.

People:​ Thanks be to God!  Amen!




Prayer of Blessing


Pastoral Prayer


Scripture Lesson​ – John 2:13-22


Sermon​ – Hitting a Little Too Close to Home!


Holy Communion


Special Music – Come to the Table of Grace


Prayer after Receiving Communion


Closing Hymn ​- I Want a Principle Within




Postlude​ – Jesus Saves!



Service Participants:

Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz

Digital Liturgist:​ Cay Lacey

Zoom Liturgist:​ Janis Angermayr

Director of Music:​ Jim Flanigan

Pianist:​ Nancy Gunter

Flutist:​ Heather Stone

Special Music:​ Janis Angermayr, Linda Bowie, & Barbara Bailey

Videographer:​ Jim Ecklund