Sunday Worship Materials Ver 2

Sunday Worship Materials


UMH – United Methodist HymnalTFWS – The Faith We Sing, BOW – Book of Worship          

Chestnut Street UMC follows the yearly Revised Common Lectionary.

We obtain some of the Hymns and Songs for worship from One License:734195-A


2nd Sunday in Lent, Color – Purple

PRELUDE:  —————- Jayne Thompson—————-Church Organist

 Worship Leader:      David Tetzloff


“We are the evidence of God’s presence in the world.” 

HYMN   Worship & Songs  3008    “Open the Eyes of My Heart”

(WORDS: Paul Baloche, MUSIC: Paul Baloche)

Note:     Pastor Sela will share this hymn on-screen with the congregation.

CALL TO WORSHIP ————————————-David Tetzloff

L. Come! Come! Everybody worships with a prayer or song of praise! Worship and remember to keep the Sabbath day. Take a rest and think of God; put your work away.

P. Worship and remember the Lord’s unending care, reaching out to love and help people everywhere!

L. Come! Come! Everybody worship remembers how Jesus long ago taught us how to talk to God; something we should know.

P. Come! Come! Everybody worship and remember that God is like a light, showing you the way to go, ever-burning bright.

(TFWS 2271)

HYMN – UMH #547  – “O, Church of God, United”——–Jayne Thompson

(WORDS: Frederick B. Morley, 1953, MUSIC: Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkappelle, 1784, alt.

OPENING PRAYER: Responsive—————————David Tetzloff

L. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart; wean it from the earth; through all its pulses move; stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art, and make me love thee as I ought to love.

P. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh. Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear. To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh. Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

L. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies, No sudden rending of the veil of clay, no angel visitant, no opening skies, but take the dimness of my soul away.

P. Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love, One holy passion filling all my frame;  The kindling of the heaven descended Dove, My heart an altar, and thy love the flame.

(UMH 500 v, 1, 4, 2, 5)

PRAYER OF CONFESSIONResponsive———-David Tetzloff
L. Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.
P. Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.
L. Eternal Power, be our support.
P. Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
L. Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.
P. That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face
and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   Bow 310

WORD OF ASSURANCE —————————–David Tetzloff
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.
There’s welcome for the sinner and more graces for good!
There is mercy with Savior; there is most wonderfully kind.


Psalm 22:23-31——————————————–Denise Adams

Genesis 17:1-7,15-16—————————————Tom Adams

Romans 4:13-25——————————————– Jane Cheney

HYMN – UMH #451     Be Thou My Vision

(WORDS: Ancient Irish, trans; Mary E Byrnes, 1905, MUSIC: Irish melody, harm. Carlton R. Young 1963. Alt. ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; harm. © 1964 Abingdon Press)

JOYS AND CONCERNS ——————————David Tetzloff

PEOPLE’S PRAYER ———————————–Dale Larocque
Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear,
and; Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts. In the pain and joy beholding how your grace is still unfolding, give us all your vision, God of love. Hope beyond our sorrow. You know our fears and sadness; grace us with your peace and gladness.  Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

In the pain and joy beholding how your grace is still unfolding, give us all your vision, God of love. Give us the strength to love each other, every sister, every brother; Spirit of all kindness, be our guide. You who know each thought and feeling teach us how to heal our wounds; Spirit of compassion fill each heart. Lord, we pray for our brothers and sisters who cannot attend worship today. Please watch over them and keep them safe. Please strengthen the faith of those who are sick and in recovery. May, we – your children trust and love you through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer Amen. (Adapted from – TFWS 2213)

THE LORD’S PRAYER – UMH # 895 – in unison —–Dale Larocque
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those, who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.

THE GIVER’S PRAYER – in unison —————-Dale Larocque
God may your Holy Spirit warm my heart and cause me to share my blessings with others. I am grateful for your love Lord Jesus. Amen.

Reminder:  Remember to send in your pledge and donation. CSUMC, 161 Chestnut Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Thank you, Church!

OFFERTORY PRAYER —————————-– Margie Tetzloff
Dear God,

Please help us to walk with you in this season of Lent. Please watch over us as we make our way to the desert. Lord, we bring the labor of our hands and the love in our hearts. May we become faithful companions during the challenges you and us encounter in our journey.  Open our eyes to look out beyond our boundaries where we can truly see you and your miracles. Shine into our hearts and cause us to appreciate our blessings. Bless and multiply the gifts we have brought so that we advance your Kingdom here on earth. Jesus, we are walking with you.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and our faithful Companion. Amen.


Mark 8:31-38——————————————-Pastor Sela Rousseau

MESSAGE           Discipleship/Following Jesus    –    Pastor Sela Rousseau

HYMN:   TFWS 2129        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

BENEDICTION ———————————————-David Tetzloff

POSTLUDE: UMH #672 verse 1—————– ——-Jayne Thompson

WORDS: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1880, MUSIC: William G. Tomer, 1880

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