Ardmore Moravian Church
Church Bulletin
ARDMORE MORAVIAN CHURCH March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Lent   PRELUDE                          “All Glory Laud and Honor”                          Benton                                                         Handbells WELCOME / ANNOUNCEMENTS RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP  CALL TO WORSHIP            “Reasons to Thank You”                Choplin PREPARING OUR HEARTS: This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world for people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. Let us uncover our sin before the liberating light of Christ. HYMN      P. 328 MBW         “What Wondrous Love Is This” LITURGY FOR LENT 1 (Standing) Lord   God,   our   Father   in   heaven,   you   have   shown   your   great   love   toward   us   by   sending your Son into the world to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We   give   you   thanks   because   you   have   made   us   worthy   to   share   in   the   inheritance   of   the saints   in   light,   having   rescued   us   from   the   power   of   darkness,   and   brought   us   into   the kingdom of your beloved Son, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. Lord   God,   Son,   of   the   Savior   of   the   world,   through   you   were   in   the   form   of   God,   you   did not   consider   equality   with   God   something   to   cling   to,   but   emptied   yourself,   taking   the form   of   a   servant,   being   born   in   human   likeness.   You   humbled   yourself   and   became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Your love compels us to live not for ourselves, but for you. We    give    you    thanks    because    you,    our    merciful    and    faithful    High    Priest,    have    made reconciliation   for   the   sins   of   the   people.   You   were   despised   and   rejected,   a   man   of sorrows   and   acquainted   with   grief.   You   were   wounded   for   our   transgressions;   you   were bruised for our iniquities; Upon you fell the punishment that made us whole; and by your wounds we are healed. In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, My song; this Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of Peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand. In Christ alone, who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe! This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save. ‘Till on the cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For ev’ry sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live. Lord   God,   Holy   Spirit,   one   with   the   Father   and   the   Son;   we   give   you   thanks   because   you descended   upon   the   Christ,   anointing   him   to   bring   good   news   to   the   poor;   to   heal   the brokenhearted;   to   proclaim   release   to   the   captives   and   recovery   of   sight   to   the   blind;   to set free those who are oppressed; and to proclaim the time of the Lord’s favor. You fill our hearts with the love of God and make our bodies your holy temple. (Sitting) Alleluia, Alleluia For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia, Alleluia For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia, Holy, Holy are You Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb. For You are Holy, Holy, are you Lord God, Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb.     Amen From the sin of unbelief, From all defilement of the body and spirit, From all self-righteousness, From every neglect of our duty From ingratitude and selfishness, From lukewarmness, From all indifference to your meritorious life and death, Deliver us, gracious Lord and God. Alleluia, Alleluia For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia, Alleluia For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia, Holy, Holy are You Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb. For You are Holy, Holy are you Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb, Worthy is the Lamb.     Amen By your hold incarnation and birth, By your early exile, By your pure and blameless childhood, By your willing obedience, By your humility, meekness, and patience, By your faithfulness in your earthly calling, By your fasting and temptation, By your perfect life before God and humanity, Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God. By your tears and agony, your crown of thorns and cross, Lead us to repentance for our sins. By your willing sacrifice of yourself even unto death, Make known to us the mystery of your love. Into your open arms stretched out upon the cross, Receive us all. (Standing) By all your sacred wounds and precious blood, By your innocent suffering and dying, By your rest in the grave, By your glorious resurrection and ascension, Bless us and save us, Christ Jesus, our Redeemer. Fulfill in us your prayer that all who love you may be one, as you are in the Father, and the Father in you. Hear us and help us, gracious Savior. You have made God known to us as Father, so that the love with which he has loved you may be in us, And you in us. Christ, and him crucified, Remain our confession of faith. There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain: Then bursting forth in glorious Day, Up from the grave He rose again! And as He stands in victory Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, For I am His and He is mine--Bought with the precious blood of Christ. No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the pow’r of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand; ‘Til He returns or calls me home, here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand. CHILDREN’S MOMENT CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER RESPONSE TO CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER                                                 “Man of Sorrows”                             Haskell WORSHIP IN OUR GIVING OFFERTORY                    “Hallelujah”                                   Raney      Handbells      SONG OF THANKS  Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below. Alleluia, Alleluia! Praise Him above ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia! PRAYER ANTHEM              “What The Lord Has Done In Me”          Morgan THE WORD OF GOD                                                                       Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 MESSAGE                         What Is Your Story?                                 Chaz Snider HYMN  P. 714 MBW         “Blessed Assurance”            POSTLUDE                                “Festival”                                          Price The sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God in memory of Ray Mansfield, by Kay Mansfield. Serving Today Elder Greeter: Joyce Leonard           Trustee Greeter: Dennis Adams    Elder Greeter for March 18 th : Nancy Crouse    Trustee Greeter for March 18 th : Matt Eckard Nursery Worker for March 11 th : Kaye Brookshire, Kristen Mabe       Nursery Workers for March 18 th : JoAnn Goodson, Lauren Mabe People for Whom We are Praying Members:     Marie    Adams;    Annie    Boyd;    Amanda    Bowles;    Frances    Collins;    Cindy Culverhouse; Ruth Long; Alice Pierce; Marolyn Schauss; Bett Warner Home Bound Members :  Bertha Burge; Peggy Gimmon Friends:    Emily   Burge;   Dustin   Goodson,   grandson   of   Clive   and   JoAnn   Goodson;   Doug Vaughn,   stroke,    Betty   Vaughn,   son ;   Rosemary   Stewart,      Jake   Williams,   Donna   Williams’s   son; Judy West, friend of Beth Mabe. WORSHIP SERIES February 18 – March 25, 2018 “WORSHIP 101” Date Title Scripture March 18 How Do We Confess? Psalm 51:1-12 March 25 Who Do We Trust? Psalm 31:9-16 Blessing Box Wish List A   box   has   been   placed   outside   of   the   church   office   and   in   the   elevator   hallway   that   you may place items when you bring them for our Blessing Box. Some things needed: Granola Bars Canned meats with flip lids Peanut Butter Easy Mac Soup with flip lids Applesauce Cups Fruit Cups with flip lids Hats and Gloves Hand Warmers Blankets Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste Deadline for Newsletter News is March 10 The   church   plans   to   issue   a   newsletter   in   March   to   outline   services   for   Holy   Week   as   well as   ministry   activities.      If   you   have   information   you   would   like   to   include   in   the   March newsletter,   please   forward   news   to   Betsy   Annese   at .   Please   submit the information in typewritten form so it will be easy to include. Deadline   for   news   is   March   10   with   expected   publication   mid-March.      The   newsletter   will be   available   on   the   website   and   in   printed   form.      It   will   save   the   church   money   if   you   can access   the   newsletter   online.      If   you   need   a   printed   copy,   please   give   your   name   to   Nancy Crouse. If you have questions, please call Betsy at 336-416-0447. Easter   Sunrise   Ushers    --   It’s   that   time   of   year   again   and   I   would   like   to   invite anyone   who   wants   to   help   usher   at   the   Sunrise   Service   to   please   contact   me,   George Butner,   Head   Usher   or   one   of   the   other   ushers   and   let   them   know   you   will   be available. Aging   Well   Conference   ~~   April   7 th    9   AM   -2   PM   Clemmons   Moravian Church ~~ Cost $15.00 The   conference   will   include   workshops   on   aging,   memoir   writing,   healthcare   system navigation,    healthy    living,    the    impact    of    the    opioid    epidemic,    and    self-help    for caregivers. Afternoon program featuring the Cherry Street Ensemble Registration Info:  Moravian.Online/Aging Well. RCC News: Children’s Palm Sunday and Easter Activities, Saturday March 24 th   10AM -12 Noon, Calvary Moravian Church Groups will be formed by age (3 years to 5 th  Grade) Activities will  be ~~ bake   Lenten   pretzels;   make   palm   crosses;   make   nail   crosses;   paint   kindness   stones   (bring an old shirt); eat Lenten Pretzels; hunt for Easter eggs (bring a basket if you have one). Sponsored    by    the    Petersbrook    RCC    (Ardmore,    Calvary,    Christ,    Fries    Memorial    and Morning Star Moravian Churches) Freezing temperatures and Gray days have you thinking of warm sun and beach reading?!! When:  Saturday March 17 th  from 1-3pm Join Ardmore Women’s Fellowship as we explore books that will make for great summer reading and/or book clubs. Cost:  A suggested donation of $10.00 per person. The   afternoon   will   include   refreshments,   raffles   and   a   Crazy   Slipper   Contest   so   bring   your most fun pair of reading slippers to compete! “Author   Ambassadors”   will   share   why   their   favorite   author   would   make   a   great   summer read   or   book   club   challenge.         A   raffle   package   will   be   awarded   for   each   author   as   well   as some surprises! Our   goal   through   this   fellowship   is   to   support   local   and   global   literacy   efforts.      Donations will    be    accepted    with    all    proceeds    being    divided    equally    between    a    local    Title    1 Elementary   School   and   The   Moravian   Secondary   School   in   Ngiehun,   Sierra   Leone,   Africa which educates about 200 students per year. Mark    your    calendars    for    March    17 th     and    help    us    make    our    “Love    through    Literacy Campaign  a rousing success. ****************** Children’s & Youth Bowling Day March 18 th   ~~  2 PM Meet at Church We   will   begin   partnering   with   Fries   Moravian   Church   for   youth   and   family   events.   All   our families   with   younger   children   and   our   youth   age   students   will   meet   at   Ardmore   and   go bowling. This will give us all a time to get to know each other. Hope to see you there!      Michaleh Opportunities for the Week Sunday, March 11 2:15 PM Easter Band Practice, Home Moravian Church Tuesday, March 13 10:00 AM Circle # 3, Church Parlor   5:30 PM Circle # 5, Stelter Haus   7:30 PM Circle # 4, Stelter Haus  Wednesday, March 14 Day of Prayer at Fairview Moravian Church 11:00 AM Worship with Communion, The Rev. Donald Griffin Activities here at Ardmore   5:30 PM Prayer in Prayer room   6:00 PM Family Oasis  Supper   6:30 PM Handbell Rehearsal   6:45 PM Bible Study           7:30 PM         Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Thursday, March 15  8:30 AM Men’s Breakfast, Cloverdale Kitchen Saturday, March 17 1:00 PM Women’s Fellowship, “Love Through Literacy Campaign”, Fellowship Hall Fifth Sunday In Lent, March 18 9:00 AM Prayer in Prayer Room 9:30 AM Joint Sunday School, Fellowship Hall       10:30 AM Worship Service 2:00 PM Children’s & Youth Bowling Day, meet at Ardmore Moravian Church 2:15 PM Easter Band Practice, Home Moravian Church 4:00 PM Board of Elders Board of Trustees (All songs printed under ccli# 1007661) Sermon Text Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 1 O   give   thanks   to   the   Lord ,   for   he   is   good;   for   his   steadfast   love      endures   forever. 2 Let   the   redeemed   of   the   Lord    say   so,   those   he   redeemed   from   trouble 3 and gathered   in   from   the   lands,   from   the   east   and   from   the   west,   from   the   north   and from the south. 17 Some   were   sick   through   their   sinful   ways,   and   because   of   their   iniquities endured   affliction; 18 they   loathed   any   kind   of   food,and   they   drew   near   to   the gates   of   death. 19 Then   they   cried   to   the   Lord    in   their   trouble,   and   he   saved   them from   their   distress; 20 he   sent   out   his   word   and   healed   them,   and   delivered   them from    destruction. 21 Let    them    thank    the    Lord     for    his    steadfast    love,     for    his wonderful   works   to   humankind. 22 And   let   them   offer   thanksgiving   sacrifices,   and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 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