March 7

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Lakeview Presbyterian Church Service, March 7, 2021
The Third Sunday of Lent

This worship service includes a celebration of Holy Communion.  If you wish to partake of elements when appropriate in the service we invite you prepare your juice and your bread (or alternative) ahead of time.

Prelude    “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” Will L. Thompson sung by Keisha Prime

Sung by Keisha Prime

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.

Call to Worship from Psalm 19
Heaven is declaring God’s glory;
the sky is proclaiming God’s handiwork.
One day gushes the news to the next,
and one night informs another what needs to be known.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voices cannot be heard by us.
Yet their sound extends throughout the world;
their words reach the ends of the earth!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer.

Hymn“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) sung by Keisha Prime

Sung by Keisha Prime

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 is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven:
there is no place where earth's failings have such gracious judgement given.

For the love of God is broader than the measures of our mind;
and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, we would gladly trust God’s word;
and our lives reflect thanksgiving for the goodness of our Lord.

Call to Confession:
The Scriptures call us to turn from sinful ways and return to God, who offers mercy and pardon. Trusting in that mercy, let us call upon God who is always near.

Prayer of Confession
Holy God, we confess that we have grown complacent in our response to you. You set before us a rich feast of blessing, but we are drawn to lesser things that cannot satisfy.
You call us to attend to urgent needs in the world, but we indulge our own desires.
Our ways are not your ways; our thoughts do not ascend to your thoughts. Forgive us when we fall short of your claim upon our lives. Disturb our complacency and quicken our desire for a more fruitful life. Be patient, we pray, as we amend who we are,
in the hope of becoming who you intend us to be. We ask this in the name of our Savior,
your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness
God’s love is sure and steadfast, always providing a way out, a way through, a way back to God. Through the waters of baptism, we have died with Christ and are raised with him. With gratitude, in faith, we will walk the way of Christ.

Prayer for Illumination
Bring your word near to us, that it may not only rest on our lips, but also reside in our hearts. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to respond to your word with our whole lives through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Reading from the Prophets     Isaiah 58:6-14 NRS

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; 14 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Reading from the Gospels           Luke 12:57-13:9 NRS

"And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?  Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny."At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them-- do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did." Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'

Sermon  “ The Pruning Season”                  The Rev. Lois Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Lois Lehman

Hymn   “Lord of the Dance”    Sydney Carter, 1963 sung by Keisha Prime

Sung by Keish Prime

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth:
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance and they wouldn't follow me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
They came with me and the dance went on:

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame:
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me on high,
And they left me there on a cross to die:

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I'd gone;
But I am the dance, and I still go on:

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that'll never, never die.
I'll live in you if you'll live in me:
I am the Lord of the dance, said he.

Minute for Mission:  One Great Hour of Sharing

In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
We will collect our One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter, April 4, 2021.

A Statement about Offering our Gifts 

Let us give of yourselves, our time, and our possessions out of love for this creation and in thanksgiving for what we have been given.

Donations can be mailed to Lakeview Presbyterian Church at 1310 22nd Av S, St Petersburg, FL, 33705 or given online through our website @lakeviewpresbyterianchurch.org

Prayer of Dedication
God of wilderness and Promised Land, in days of want and in days of plenty you have been with us. We pray that through  these gifts we now share, others may know of your providence and care. Send us—not only our offerings, but our very selves—to console and comfort, to lift up and reach out, to listen and sit beside your children everywhere at the one Table you have set; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Invitation

We come again to the Lord’s Table, to celebrate, and to participate in this great feast which has been prepared for us.  Once again we confront again the power, the mystery, the wonder, the glory of Christ’s presence with us: the hope, the joy, the love and the peace that comes when God is present and guiding our lives.  God is always with us, supporting and sustaining us, but sometimes the crush of circumstances causes us to forget.  So we come to this table, again and again, to rekindle the light of God’s presence so that it touches and changes our lives, and so that we carry that light out into the world with us. Come, for our Lord invites us.

The Words of Institution

On the night before he died, Jesus came to the table with those he loved. He took bread, and gave thanks to God.  He broke the bread among his disciples and said: ‘Take this, all of you, and eat it.  This is my body, given for you.’ When the supper was ended, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God.  He passed the cup among his disciples and said, ‘Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is the cup of the new covenant sealed in my blood for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 

Now, whenever we eat and drink at this table, we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection until he comes again.

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, creator of the universe, with joy we praise you and give you thanks. You brought light from darkness and drew land from the sea. You made us in your image to live with one another in love. You promised yourself in covenant with us, you told us your purpose in your law, and called for justice through the prophets. Through long generations you have been faithful to your people.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.

Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!

We praise you for your love: bringing order out of chaos, breathing life into dust,leading captives into freedom, calling wandering children home, giving bread to the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, raising the dead to life. We thank you, Lord for
Jesus: Word made flesh, light of the world, living water, shepherd and gate, way and truth, bread of heaven, cup of salvation, resurrection and life.

Spirit come – come and live in us: in this bread, in this cup, in your people, one in the body, one in the blood; one with Christ, one in ministry, in this place, in every place; in this world, in the world to come. AMEN

Partaking the Elements

   When we break bread, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?

   When we give thanks over the cup, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?

   Jesus said: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,    for they will be filled.

Prayer after Communion
Holy God, we thank you for this feast of grace and life. Send us out to answer the summons of our Lord Jesus Christ to a new life, and to follow him with joy and gladness. Set our feet in his holy way, that our lives may be signs of his life and all we do may show forth his love. AMEN

The Lord’s Prayer (sung by Keisha Prime)

Sung by Keisha Prime

Charge and Blessing

We are urged to shake off the complacency that can overtake us; to be 'repairers of the breach' and, in our daily lives, to bear fruit that contributes to God’s kingdom of justice and love. May the mercy of God ground us, the love of Christ take root in us, and the Holy Spirit grow in us, that we may be ready for the coming of the kingdom.

Postlude “They Crucified my Lord He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word’ AA Spiritual Sung by Keisha Prime

Sung by Keisha Prime

They crucified my Lord,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word;
They crucified my Lord,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word.
Not a word, not a word, not a word.
They nailed Him to a tree,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word;
They nailed Him to a tree,
They pierced Him in the side,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word;
They pierced Him in the side,
The blood came trickalin’ down,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word;
The blood came trickalin’ down,
He bowed His head and died,
And He never said a mumbalin’ word;
He bowed His head and died.