Sunday Preview: March 23, 2014

March 23 is the third Sunday in the season of Lent. Pastor Michael F. Bailey’s sermon is Tempted to Pigeonhole People based on John 4:5–29. Hand- bells are scheduled to play at both the 8:30am and 11am traditional services of worship.  

In this week's traditional worship services the hymn "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" reflects on the great mercy and love of the Christ; the middle hymn "Help Us Accept Each Other" is a prayer that God will remind us that we will extend grace to one another as Christ has extended grace to each of us; this will be sung as a response to the story of Jesus' grace extended to the Samaritan woman at the well. The closing hymn "Be Thou My Vision" is in turn a prayer that we will model our lives after the grace-filled life of Jesus.

At 8:30am the choral anthem "The Family of Faith" converys a text which reminds us that we are made one family by the grace of Christ. All instrumental music at this service will be played by our Carillon Ringers handbell choir.

At 11am the choral anthem will be a setting by Gilbert Martin of the familiar hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"; Carillon Ringers will play the opening voluntary; closing organ voluntary is "In Thee, Lord, Have I Put My Hope" by Heinrich Scheidemann.