March 31, 2019

FourthSunday in Lent

 Prelude:  My Heart is Ever Yearning             Johannes Brahms                                    

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #267 Come Christians Join to Sing


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #456 Listen, God is Calling

Call to Worship

One:    A new day has dawned, God’s gift to us;

the fruits of the land are ours to enjoy.

All:      We are a new creation in Jesus Christ;

            the old has passed away, and the new has come.

One:    This is a day for forgiveness and reconciliation;

celebrate God’s love for the lost who are found.

All:      The glad cries of deliverance surround us;

            shouts of joy arise from our hearts.

One:    Let all who are faithful offer up prayers;

may all who are in Christ give thanks.

All:      We will be glad and join the dance of life;

            with the upright of heart, we rejoice and sing.

Invocation (in unison)

Welcoming God, we have gathered together so that you may teach us the way we should go. In our times of distress and need, you have provided. When we have stubbornly followed our own plans, you have curbed our impulses. From our days of confusion and aimless wandering, you have rescued us and restored us to our true identity. Meet us now as we worship together to shape us into  righteous, reconciling people. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

O God, we will try not to hide from you the wrong we have done or the good we have neglected. You know our transgressions. You have observed our pretensions. We have claimed too lightly the label “Christian,” for often we cut ourselves off from you and from people we disdain. At times our rebellion leaves us hungry, alone and friendless. O God, we are not worthy to be called your children. Grant us, we pray, your forgiveness and pardon and a renewed sense of who you intend us to be and to become.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: #581 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

Responsive Reading: Psalm 32

(Page 623 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scriptures:Joshua 5:9-12

(Page 244 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

(Children will leave for Sunday School)

*Hymn:#166 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

Offering of our Gifts ~ One Great Hour of Sharing

Anthem:  I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

Geoffrey O’Hara

*Doxology:#607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more;praise Triune Godwhom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

(Page 95in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon:Dr. Jason Larson

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer  

Response:#456 Listen, God Is Calling

*Hymn:#546 Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing


Response:#456 Listen, God Is Calling           

Postlude: Toccata in B Minor                          Eugene Gigout

 (* Please stand when able)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. Today’s host is the Hospitality Committee. All are welcome.

Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

Many thanks to:

Dr. James Larson for leading Worship

Mary O’Neill for serving as our lay reader

Sharon Tingley & Pat Palmer for serving as ushers

Prayer List

Gail Weigel, Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline

The family & friends of: Laura Hawks & Alain


Monday:          1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge

Tuesday:          5:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

6 pm Meeting House in use

Wednesday:     6 pm Lenten Dinner

7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:             7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Saturday:         11 am Memorial Service for Laura Flores

Sunday:            11:30 am Trustees Meeting



You are invited to contribute a Easter lily in memory of a loved one and take the plant home with you after the Easter service. Donations are $15 for each plant. You may send a check, along with the form, to the church office, or pay online. The deadline for purchasing Easter lilies is this Friday, April 12.


Men’s Ecumenical Bible Study meets on Friday at 7:45 a.m. All men are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study will meet Thursday, April 11. at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Library. Rev. Rich Reifsnyder is facilitating the group.










































































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