March 21, 2021 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34 CEB

Message Topic: “Tattooed Hearts”

Theme: That’ll leave a mark is a saying often associated with bumps and scrapes. However, the mark God places upon our hearts is a message that we are God’s people.

PRELUDE "Spirit of the Living Lord"  Robert W. Thygerson, Arr. by David Iverson

Donna Marie Hartley

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                 Kim Montana

CHIMES “God is so Good”                                                Donna Marie Hartley

WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER                                 Rev. David Rennick

O God of our Hearts
You yearn to be so close to us
that we can know you in every breath,
in every hope, in every relationship.

Meet us here today and
teach us to recognize
the covenant of justice, peace and love
you have written on our hearts.

So may our desires become your desires,
our work become your work,
and our community
the place where you are sought and found.
In Jesus’ name we pray,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kindgom 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 and ever. Amen.


SUNG CALL TO WORSHIP TFWS # 2152 “Change My Heart, O God”

Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

You are the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God, make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God, may I be like you.

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                 Annie Gildner, Liturgist
The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.
Here in this place,
Christ writes the law of love on our hearts.
We are children of the living God.
Together, let us worship the Lord of Love!

HYMN UMH #140 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” vs. 1 & 3

1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father.*

There is no shadow of turning with thee.

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not.

As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:

Great is thy faithfulness!

Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see.

All I have needed thy hand hath provided.

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;

blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain:

Great is thy faithfulness!

Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see.

All I have needed thy hand hath provided.

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


A MESSAGE FOR ALL GOD’S PEOPLE                         Rev. David Rennick

SPECIAL MUSIC "Amazing Grace"  Virginia Harmony  Arr. by Douglas E. Wagner

Handbell Choir


SCRIPTURE READING – Jeremiah 31:31-34 CEB                 Annie Gildner, Liturgist

31 The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 It won’t be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant with me even though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 No, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my Instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the Lord!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord; for I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.

The word of God for the people of God… Thanks be to God.


MESSAGE – “Tattooed Hearts”                                         Rev. David Rennick

SUNG RESPONSE – TFWS #2056 “God Is So Good” vs. 1 & 3

1. God is so good, God is so good,
God is so good, God's so good to me.

3. God loves me so, God loves me so,
God loves me so, God's so good to me.


REFLECTION/OFFERING INVITATION/PRAYER                 Rev. David Rennick
God of Love, God of Peace
This fractured word
Cries out in pain
Burns deep into my soul
And challenges me
To make a difference

God of Love, God of Peace
God of this world
Scarred by grief and tears
Ignorance and fear
Soften hearts of stone
And begin with mine

God of Love, God of Peace
Create within me
A heart for people
A desire for change
For new beginnings
To start this day

OFFERTORY  "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" William N. Runyan, Arr. by Bob Walters

                                                                         Donna Marie Hartley         

DOXOLOGY
 #95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, son, and Holy Ghost

Amen.


HYMN UMH 707 “Hymn of Promise” vs. 1 & 3

1 In the bulb there is a flower;

in the seed, an apple tree;

in cocoons, a hidden promise:

butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter

there's a spring that waits to be,

unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

3 In our end is our beginning;

in our time, infinity;

in our doubt there is believing;

in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection;

at the last, a victory,

unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

FINAL WORDS & BLESSING                                         Rev. David Rennick 
God will write a new covenant on our hearts
God will be our God and we will be God’s people
No longer shall we teach one another,
or say to each other, “Know the Lord.”
For we shall all know God.
In the name of God the Source of Life,
the Word of Truth, and the Spirit of Love.

POSTLUDE "I Am A Promise"  Gloria and William J. Gaither, Arr. by Fred Bock

Donna Marie Hartley