Ashland Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Fifth Sunday in Lent~March 29, 2020
Preparing for Worship
Gather together these items before you begin:
bread and juice for communion
Order of Worship
Lighting the Christ Candle
As you light the Christ candle, say;
"We light this candle to remind us that Christ is with us wherever we worship God."
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in 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. Amen.
Centering Hymn~ "In the Garden" Soloist~Stacey Wilson & Pianist~Dr. Harold Rohrs
Worship & Wonder~ "Jesus is King". Storyteller~Karen Lynne
Note to Parents: During the "Wondering Time" after the story the children will be asked questions about what they think about the story. This is a time for their imaginations to be used and it is important that you just listen and hear their answers.
Scripture Reading-John 11:1-45
One: The stories of God for the people of God.
Many: Thanks be to God.
Homily-"Love Stronger than Death"
Victims of the Coronavirus and their loved ones; Prayers for our church family, our youth and children, our community and the world in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Raymond (Nick) Nicholas (Husband of Virginia) is home from the hospital and recovering; Matthew Echiverria (Jessica Crews);
Sam Murphy (Trudy Betts); Calvin Lucy (Kathie Wilkins); Liam Gryder; Bob Maphis; Faith World (Gladys Jones); Mary Mitchell (Donna Dennehy); Kellan Moran (Agnes Petrie); Karen Jones (Sandra Smith); Gary Klotz (Jennifer Duvall); Gail Bryant Clifford (Sandra Lynne) Walter Baughan; Amy Toombs (Angela Downer); Robert & Betty Ann Langford; Carol Mahoney (Susan Tucker); Murray Wilkins (Kathie Wilkins); Lindsey Pinkelman (Carroll LaHaye); Mary Jane Browell (Barbara Boor); Don Lawrence (Angela Downer); Joe Long; Christy Bacon (Kim Gryder); Phyllis Terrell; John Hunter Crowe (Sarah Byrne); Sue Webster (CeCe Brooks); Herbert Henley (Gladys Jones); Brianna Garland (Gladys Jones); Family & friends of David Hacker, brother of Mary Kay Hacker-Thompson; Michael Betts (Dwayne Betts); Gladys Jones (Nancy Munden); All those affected by the tornado’s in Nashville, Tennessee
God’s extravagant love for us was personified in Jesus; to love another is truly to see the face of God.
In these difficult times we can be the face of God.
You can give online to Ashland Christian Church HERE or mail in your donation 301 S James St. Ashland, VA 23005 or you can download the App called Give + for Apple or at Google Play and donate to support the ongoing ministry of the church.
You are also invited to share your resources of non-perishable food with Ashland Christian Emergency Services.
ACES is open Monday and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-11:30 am
And you can also consider giving to Hanover Habitat.
Families in Hanover Cove need our help.
Last year’s frequent and heavy rain caused costly delays in construction of homes in Hanover Cove. Now construction has been halted again due to the COVID-19. These unexpected delays have impacted six families, who are waiting for their homes to be built. If you would like to give to Hanover Habitat please click HERE.
Communion Hymn-"All Who Hunger Gather Gladly". Soloist~Stacey Wilson & Pianist~Dr. Harold Rohrs
We remember God's mercy and grace are given and poured out for us in these emblems of the bread and the cup.
Let us pray.
Prayer for the Bread & Cup:
Bless these elements and remind us of your agape love offered to us through Christ our Lord. Amen.
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread, and after he blessed it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body, which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me.”
Likewise, after supper Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you; this do in remembrance of me. “
May we wholeheartedly accept your grace given and poured out in the bread and the cup so that your mercy is made evident in our lives.
In the name of your beloved Son we pray. Amen.
Hymn-"Amazing Grace". Soloist~Stacey Wilson & Pianist~Dr. Harold Rohrs
Though sickness and death appear all around, there is the comforting healing light of God’s love shining on you and in you. Let go of your fear, for God is always with you. AMEN.