Estes Park United Methodist Church
March 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Order of Worship
Prelude – The Old Rugged Cross
Call to Worship
Leader: This is the fifth step on our Lenten journey, the step of sacrifice.
People: Be with us, Lord, as we take this step.
Leader: This requires the willingness to give all of your life to the Lord.
People: Be with us, Lord, as we commit our lives to you.
Leader: Come, let us worship and offer our voices of praise to God.
People: Let us open our hearts and spirits to God this day.
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Lord, be with us this day as we commit ourselves to being your disciples. Help us to face the future unafraid, trusting in your loving care and presence with us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Opening Hymn – Jesus Shall Reign
Prayer of Confession
Leader: Let us join together in confessing our sins.
People: Compassionate Lord, forgive us when we falter on this Lenten pathway; when the road ahead seems too uncertain and we are afraid. We admit that following Jesus is not an easy task. Jesus requires us to be willing to make the ultimate commitment of our whole lives and we hesitate and hold back. Draw us back to you, Lord. Give us confidence and courage to face the future with hope. Let us place our trust in you that the message of peace and mercy you have given to us through Jesus Christ may be offered to others through our own witness to your healing mercy. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Even though the future is clouded; God is with us, guiding,healing, comforting, restoring. Rejoice! In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and healed. Amen.
People: Thanks be to God! Amen!
Prayer of Blessing
Scripture Lesson – John 12:20-33
Sermon – Lost and Found
Closing Hymn - In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Postlude – Lift High the Cross
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Recorded Worship Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Zoom Worship Liturgist: Larry Leaming
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund