Evangelectionary for April 7th, 2019

Patrick and the Children
Patrick and the ChildrenLectionary (Year C): Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4-14; John 12:1-8
Call to Worship This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.Prayer of ConfessionMerciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.  We humbly confess our sins and ask for your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.  We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God.  Have mercy on us in your loving kindness, and in your great compassion we ask that you would cleanse us from our sin; through Him who loved us and gave himself for us.  AmenWords of AssuranceO for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free.  A heart that always feels Thy blood so freely shed for me!  A heart in every thought renewed and full of love divine, perfect and right and pure and good; a copy, Lord, of Thine!  Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart; come quickly from above.  Write Thy new name upon my heart, thy precious name of Love.  Amen  (From the hymn of the same name, written by Charles Wesley 1742; BEATITUDO, John B  Dykes, 1875)Theme: Our Motive and Goal in Life is service to Jesus ChristMessage: “Our Goal in Life”
  1. Forgetting what lies behind
  2. Straining forward to what lies ahead
  3. I Press on toward the goal
Quote(s):“Be fishers of men; God will clean them,” — a bumper sticker quoted by Joe Garagiola at an ecumenical gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, 2/20/03“…one should, in fact, fish well and diligently, just as the Lord foretells and teaches, saying, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,’ and again through the prophets: ‘Behold, I am sending forth many fishers and hunters, says the Lord,’ et cetera.  So it behooved us to spread our nets, that a vast multitude and throng might be caught for God, and so there might be clergy everywhere who baptized and exhorted a needy and desirous people.  Just as the Lord says in the Gospel, admonishing and instructing: ‘Go, therefore and make disciples…’” —  (From Patrick’s Confessions, 40)“Protect me Christ, till thy returning.  Christ be with me, Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.” —  (Patrick’s breastplate, from Eerdmans’ Handbook: The History of Christianity, pp 211-212)“Go to the people.  Live among them.  Learn from them.  Love them.  Start with what they know.  Build on what they have.”— anonymous missionaryIllustrations“It seems reasonably certain that St. Patrick’s mission spanned some thirty years, in the latter half of the fifth century, that it was very successful, and that Ireland, unlike any other country in Western Europe, was converted to Christianity, without the shedding of martyrs’ blood.  In his own words, the saint ‘baptized thousands, ordained clerics everywhere and rejoiced to see the flock of the Lord in Ireland growing splendidly.  It is probable that most of his missionary work was carried out in the Northern half of the country.  The date and place of his death are uncertain; tradition says that he died at Saul, near Downpatrick, Co. Down, on 17 March, the day now celebrated as the national festival.” — www.stpatricksday.com/st_patrick.htmlMusic:“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Lead On, O King Eternal,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Teach Me Thy Will, O Lord”BENEDICTIONGo forth in confidence and hope, assured that although the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Adapted from Romans 6:23