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Sunday -Worship

Glebe Road United Church

March 20, 2022

3rd Sunday of Lent

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude


Promise of Divine Welcome

Centering Song: As Longs the Deer

As longs the deer for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you.

As the dry land thirsts for gentle rains,

I thirst for the living God.

Call to Worship:

One: Come, everyone who thirsts,

Come to the waters. Come to the wells.

All: Our souls thirst for you, O God.

We lift up our hands and call on your name

One: Come, without money. Come without cost.

Incline your ears and listen for good news.

All: Our flesh faints for you, O God.

Our lips sing praises, beholding your glory.

One: Come, eat good. Come, feast upon true riches.

Be filled with that which sustains you.

All: Our souls are satisfied in you, O God.

In the shadow of your wings, we sing with joy.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Living into the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: O Holy Spirit, Enter In, VU 369

O Holy Spirit, enter in, and in our hearts your work begin;

now make our hearts your dwelling.

Sun of the soul, O Light divine, around and in us brightly shine,

your strength in us upwelling.

In your radiance life from heaven now is given, overflowing,

gift of gifts beyond all knowing.

Left to ourselves, we surely stray; oh, lead us on the narrow way,

with wisest counsel guide us;

and give us steadfastness, that we may follow you forever free,

no matter who derides us.

Gently heal those hearts now broken; give some token you are near us,

whom we trust to light and cheer us.

O mighty Rock, O Source of life, let your good Word in doubt and strife

be in us strongly burning,

that we be faithful unto death and live in love and holy faith,

from you true wisdom learning.

God, your mercy on us shower; by your power Christ confessing,

we will cherish all your blessing.

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy. (2x)

Prayer of Confession

One: God, you call us to step more deeply into ourselves

as we amend and awaken to who you desire us to be.

All: We confess that we have not always brought forth good fruit.

In the midst of chaos and frenzy, we have often lost our way.

One: Our feet have strayed from the place where we met you.

All: Our egos have kept us from seeing our missteps.

One: Yet, with you, we know there’s another chance for change,

All: There is another opportunity to bear good fruit.

One: In a world full of spoiled and rotten produce, and systems designed to kill,

All: We are called to be the change that sustains generations.

One: Let us lean with you into this chance for transformation.

Words of Assurance

Song: Know That God Is Good, MV 104

Know that God is good, know that God is good,

know that God is good, God is good, God is good.

Mungu ni mwema, Mungu ni mwema,

Mungu ni mwema, ni mwema, ni mwema.

Children’s Hymn: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, VU 400

Lord, listen to your children praying,

Lord, send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying,

send us love, send us power, send us grace!

Lord, listen to your children praising…

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, the power, and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking.

God, be in my ears and in my listening.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

I Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking for by U2

performed by Xochil Argueta Warden and Massimo Gordillo

I have climbed highest mountains,

I have run through the fields

only to be with you, only to be with you.

I have run, I have crawled,

I have scaled these city walls,

these city walls, only to be with you;

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for,

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

I have kissed honey lips,

felt the healing in her fingertips

It burned like fire, this burning desire.

I have spoke with the tongue of angels,

I have held the hand of a devil,

it was warm in the night, I was cold as a stone;

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for,

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

I believe in the kingdom come,

then all the colors will bleed into one,

bleed into one, but yes, I'm still running.

You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains,

carried the cross of my shame,

of my shame, you know I believe it;

but I still haven't found what I'm looking for…

Psalm 63

O God, you are my God, I seek you,

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

beholding your power and glory.

Because your steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,

and my mouth praises you with joyful lips

when I think of you on my bed,

and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

for you have been my help,

and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

My soul clings to you;

your right hand upholds me.

Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’

Sermon: What the Fig Are You Looking for?

Hymn: Spirit God, Be Our Breath, MV 150

Spirit God, be our breath, be our song.

Blow through us, bringing strength to move on.

Our world seems inward, defensive, withdrawn;

Spirit God, be our song.

Patient God, soothe our pride, calm our fear.

Comfort us – when we know you are near,

we grow more certain, our vision is clear.

Patient God, calm our fear.

Loving God, be our voice, be our prayer.

Reaching out, joining hands as we share,

we seek your guidance through friendship and care.

Loving God, be our prayer.

Spirit God, be our breath, be our song.

Blow through us, bringing strength to move on.

Through change, through challenge, we’ll greet the new dawn;

Spirit God, be our song.



Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

with a spirit large and free,

that ourselves and all our living

we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

Song: God, Enfold Us

God, enfold us in your heart,

and keep us safe, keep us whole,

keep us in the palm of your hand.

Poem: The Rune of Hospitality, Anonymous Irish poem, from Carmina Gadelica

We saw a stranger yesterday.

We put food in the eating place,

Drink in the drinking place,

Music in the listening place.

And with the sacred name of the triune God

He blessed us and our house,

Our cattle and our dear ones.

As the lark says in her song:

Often, often, often, goes the Christ

In the stranger’s guise.

Closing Hymn: The King of Love, VU 273 (St. Columba, ancient Irish melody)

The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow my ransomed soul he leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow with food celestial feedeth.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill with thee, dear Lord, beside me;

thy rod and staff my comfort still, thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight; thy unction, grace bestoweth;

and O what transport of delight from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never:

Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever.


One: Go forth to bear good fruit,

All: God is with us in our hunger and thirst.

One: May your ears be ever inclined, listening for the good news;

All: May praises be on our lips even in the bleakest valley.

One: The God of peace equip you with every good thing

All: to carry out God’s desire for the world.


Song: Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

and the rains fall soft upon your fields,

‘till we meet again, we meet again –

May God hold you in his hand.


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