Service: March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020 • Fourth Sunday of Lent

Godly Play:


Pastor Elaine Puckett


Read by Joe Dennis

The journey to Good Friday is fraught with danger;
The road to Jerusalem is difficult indeed. 
Be among us, as we enter this story together
Help us to faithfully follow the rugged path that takes us home.

Opening Hymn: “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”

Psalter: Psalm 32

Read by Joe Dennis

1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. 
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
Sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Presentation of the Gospel: Luke 15: 1-3; 11b-32

Sermon: “Dangerously Angry”

Pastor Elaine Puckett

Anthem: “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”

The Lord’s Prayer:

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,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Performed by The Choral Arts Society of Washington Chamber Singers

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down:
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest:
take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be:
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
’til in heav’n we take our place,
’til we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Benediction / Homework:

Pastor Elaine Puckett

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Sermon: Hearing from the Prodigal Son’s brother …

2077807We all know the parable of The Prodigal Son. It’s easy to pass judgement on the brother, who seemingly was ungrateful about his brother’s return, and jealous about his brother’s favorable treatment by his father.

But what is the real story of the brother? Why was he really upset? Pastor Joe Gunby tells us …


The Word in Song: “To You I Call”

“Terms of Endearment”
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
Luke 15: 11-32
Sept. 11, 2016

Lenten Devotional: Wednesday, March 9

by Sylvia Hutchinson

Luke 15:11-32  (The Message) The Parable of the Prodigal Son

I have never understood why anyone ( including the “son who stayed home”) in the prodigal son parable is angry for the parent’s response to the prodigal’s return.  The son who stayed with his father, had the good fortune to spend all those days, months, years with a loving parent while the prodigal son lost that time and it was never to be regained. I am overcome with sadness for the prodigal son every time I read the story.

I give thanks for the time and opportunity to be with friends and family who try to understand me even when I am short-tempered or mean-spirited or just out of sorts. How thankful I am that some people understand that being tired or hungry or sick or over-worked may cause me to say or do things that are not very loving.

I am grateful that God always offers the reassurance of grace and forgiveness when we ask.