PRELUDE: Gather Us In [Gather Us in] arr. by David Lasky

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  Here in This Place [Gather Us in]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  People Need the Lord  by Nelson & McHugh/arr. by Mary McDonald

Every day they pass me by; I can see it in their eyes, empty people filled with care headed who knows where.  On they go through private pain, living fear to fear; laughter hides their silent cries only Jesus hears.  People need the Lord.  At the end of broken dreams, he’s the open door.  People need the Lord.  When will we realize people need the Lord?  We are called to take his light to a world where wrong seems right, what could be too great a cost for sharing life with one who’s lost?  Through his love our hearts can feel all the grief they bear.  They must hear the words of life only we can share.  People need the Lord.  When will we realize that we must give our lives?  For people need the Lord! [Greg Nelson and Phil McHugh]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Luke 18:9-14

ANTHEM:  The Publican Beardsley by Van de Water; Maria Schafer, soprano; Mark Waters, tenor; Marcus Carline, bass

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus within himself: “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men, extortioners, unjust, or even as this publican; I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, “God be merciful unto me a sinner, O God, be merciful to me.”  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other, for he that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.  “God be merciful unto me.” [Luke 18:10-14]

SERMON:  “On Whom Do I Ultimately Rely?”

HYMN:  O Savior, in This Quiet Place [St. Stephen]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy [Cuellar]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Change the World with Love (A Parting Blessing); Joseph M. Martin and Brad Nix

Go in peace, go in hope.  Change the world with love.  Treasure each moment, cherish each sunrise.  Walk in joy and light.  Always thankful for wonders and miracles.  Come and celebrate life!  Go in peace, go in hope, change the world with love.  Amen. [Joseph M. Martin]

Annual Congregational Meeting (Live streamed following worship, available on Sunday only)

Presbyterian Disaster Relief (PDR):  God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.  The PDR’s response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line & mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700.

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