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Sunday, March 26, 2023   


( *  =  please stand )

Prelude                            “Jesus, What a Wonder You Are”

Opening Prayer                                                          Welcome and Announcements                    Margie Parker


Call to Worship                                         

One: Lift up your voice and call out to God.
All: We cry out, believing that God hears us.
One: Come together and wait for God.
All: We come together, trusting that God is still speaking.
One: Surely God’s presence is here with us now.
All: We wait in hope, for God’s steadfast love lifts our hearts.
One: Come, worship the Lord.
All: We celebrate the power of God that restores us.


Opening Hymn #8 Red book      “Onward Christian Soldiers”

Scripture                                            Psalm 130 (pg. 392) 

Hymn #109 Red book            “What a Friend”                   

Prayer of Confession

One: If it is true that God has recorded our failings, we hope it will never be published.  But in truth, if the book was opened, every page would be blank, for God forgives us of everything we have done, or failed to do.  So, let us wait for God's mercy and grace, as we come with our prayers for forgiveness, saying,

All: We are set free by your saving grace, Generous God, yet we must confess how we are still bound by our pride and arrogance.  We seem unable to throw off the grave clothes of our habitual sin, finding them too comfortable to wear.  We cling to our fears, for they are so familiar and make such good companions.


(Time of Silent Confession)


Yet, there in every corner of our lives, in every shadow we fear, into the cold embrace of death itself, you come, Steadfast Love.  You break the bonds of sin and terror, giving us new strength and hope for the journey, and calling us to new life through the love and sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon
One: You can put your hope in God, dear friends, for God offers us that love which never fades, that life which never ends.
All: We wait for God, and God does not fail us.  God's hope, God's love, and God's grace are forever.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.


*Gloria Patri #577                                        Congregation

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now, and

ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.


Sharing the Peace (remain seated)                            

The peace of Christ be with you.  All: And also with you.

(Please pass signs of peace and forgiveness with those seated around you)


Sharing Joys & Concerns


Pastoral Prayer                              Rev. Dr. Michael Askew

 The Lord’s Prayer   (pg. 16, Blue Hymnal)


PROCLAIMING THE WORD                       

Scripture                                             Job 1:20 (pg. 360)

                                                      Job 42:10(pg. 383) 


Anthem             “Great Is the Lord”                         Choir


Sermon    “The Liberation of Lent:

             How Praise sets us free during Lent”       

                                                   Rev. Dr. Michael Askew

                                                                               RESPONDING TO THE WORD

*The Apostle’s Creed (pg. 14)                         Congregation


Call to Offering                             Rev. Dr. Michael Askew


Offertory                                                 Joe Kramer


*Doxology                                                  Congregation 

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.


*Prayer of Dedication                    Rev. Dr. Michael Askew



*Charge and Blessing                     Rev. Dr. Michael Askew

We leave now in order to follow God into the world.
All:  We will go to bring the healing and peace of Jesus to all.


*Sung Benediction  (Please face the center)                           Congregation

All: May the Lord, Mighty Lord bless and keep you forever.

Grant you peace, perfect peace, and courage in every endeavor.

Lift your eyes and see His face, see His grace forever.

May the Lord, Mighty Lord, bless and keep you forever.


Adult Sunday School
Sunday school is at 8:00am in a room in the Preschool wing.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Potluck-  Sunday, March 26th- After Worship
The church will provide the meat and we ask you to bring a side dish to share.
Tuesday Foodies March 28th– 5pm
Tuesday Foodies will meet on March 28.  Meet at Paparazzi Pizza on Thomas Drive


Men’s Walking Group
All Men are invited to join this group as they meet at Aaron Bessant park parking lot and walk together at 
7: 00am every Tuesday.
Community Prayer Line
Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church, the Little Pink Church, has established a Community Prayer Line. If you would like to submit a concern, joy, or sorrow, please send your short message to our Prayer email at: 

Food Pantry-
The number of people the Food Pantry serves has increased.  We are in need food donations so we would like to resume asking the congregation to donate on a monthly basis.  The Month of March we are asking for Bottled Water, Boxed Mac and Cheese, Dried Spaghetti and Canned or Jarred Pasta Sauce.   Please place your donations in the box in the narthex.  Thank you.  As always, monetary donations are welcomed.  Write for Food pantry on your envelope. 

Last Sunday’s attendance- 52

One Great Hour of Sharing offering- April 2nd

Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.  The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing-Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People-all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities I need.  Fron initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations.  The offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need.  In fact, One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.

We make a BIG IMPACT TOGETHER beginning with YOU! 

Alone, none of us can mend what is broken but stitched together, our small gifts make BIG things happen.

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