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Worship Bulletin

Third Sunday in Lent| March 3, 2024 10:30am

The Chapel of First Christian Church of Decatur 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030 | Facebook Live

Order of Worship

Prelude: “Bells”

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Call to Worship:

Invocation:

Opening Hymn Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST SCRIPTURE LESSON: Psalm 19 (The MSG)

SECOND SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (MSG)

Prayer, Praise and Offering:

TODAY’S MESSAGE  “The Heart of the Matter”– Matthew 23:23-24 (MSG)Pastor Paul

“I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.” Shane Claiborne

 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?”

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Closing Hymn “Open my Eyes, That I may See

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Benediction

The Lord’s Table

Everyone is a child of God, created in God’s image and deserving of a direct relationship with God. Inspired by the teaching of Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself,” we free ourselves of the temptation to judge or to define sin or salvation for anyone but ourselves in the context of that powerful relationship to our Creator.

Affirming someone is an act of validation that seeks to empower and lift up without judgment. To affirm means to build trust, respect and understanding between two people and the community of faith, fostering a deep connection of agape.

Rev. Paul M. Turner
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