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.


Silent Prayer


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


Pastoral Prayer


Scripture Lesson​ – John 12:20-33


Sermon​ – Lost and Found


Closing Hymn ​- In the Cross of Christ I Glory




Postlude – Lift High the Cross

Service Participants:

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