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Rev. Kendra Lovelace Balliet
Organist: Jim Ross

Prelude - Solemn Melody-Wolford Davies


*Call to Worship
Leader: Lenten travelers, the journey is long. Let us take a moment to rest and breathe.
People: Only in God do we find our rest.
Leader: Sometimes the road is easy, and we bask in the warmth of the Light who guides us.
People: Other times the road is hard, and we hide from the Light, afraid for our actions to be made known in public.
Leader: Somedays we delight in the joy of journeying together on this road.
People: Other days we struggle with the temptation to judge and condemn one another as we travel this path.
Leader: Today, let us come into the Light together as we learn to love God and one another through the twists and turns of our Lenten journey.
People: Come, let us worship God together! Amen.

*Opening Hymn "Now Thank We All Our God" #102

*Prayer of Confession 
Leader: When we offer God our confession, we join the beautiful work of reconciliation, which begins with our reconciling with God. Trusting in our Partner in grace, let us make our confession, first in silent prayer.

Offer prayers of silent confession


All: Gracious and loving God, open our hearts so that we are able to admit to you the fullness of our lives – that which is beautiful and good, and that which is hurtful and hateful.
We confess that we do not follow Jesus in all that we do.
We love with condition.
We judge and condemn.
We cast the first stone and keep the logs in our own eyes.
We do not turn to You as the source of our healing.
Forgive us, we pray. Forgive our sin and empower us to be imitators of Christ in love and service. Amen.
Leader: Friends in Christ, know this: the mercy of God is from everlasting to everlasting, and I remind you of this surpassing grace – in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
All: Amen.

Psalter 107 #830-831 with Sung Response 1
Gloria Patri

Children's Chat

Music Ministry and Offertory - Lento-Cesar Franck
Doxology and Prayer of Gratitude

Scripture Luke 11:37-52 
Sermon Series “Journey of Stones”
Sermon: “Hearts of Stone” 

Laying Stones at the Foot of the Cross
Hymn “Nearer, My God to Thee” #528
Pastoral Prayer/Lord's Prayer

Closing Hymn "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" #2129

Action Steps & Benediction

Postlude - Stabat Mater-Pergolesi

The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Jan Edmonds to celebrate the heavenly birthday of Mary Ellen Edmonds and by the family of Anne Finney in honor of her birthday.  
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