Watchword for the Week

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this

is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

(Ephesians 2:8)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2018)



(based on Psalm 107)

We come from north, south, east,

and west to proclaim:

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

We come carrying heartbreak and hope to

proclaim: God’s steadfast love endures forever.

We come as children, full of exuberance

and uncertainty, to proclaim:

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

We come as elders, bearing wisdom and

exhaustion, to proclaim:

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

We come to worship to proclaim:

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Hymn 152 * Praise the Lord, his glories show

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)


God of light, as you bathe us in your radiant

truth, you reveal the tiny cracks and deep

fissures that compromise our hearts, our

churches, and our communities.

We see the suffering in the world,

but we choose apathy over justice,

shame over mercy, and fear over love.

We turn our backs, close our borders,

and even harden our hearts to your children

as they cry out in pain and frustration and terror.

And then we blame the victim or the enemy

and pretend everything will be okay.

(Silence for personal confession)

Creating God, you moulded us from sticky

dust and holy breath, and you form us still.

Redeem us, renew and remake us into

agents of your healing grace, menders of

broken hearts, and bearers of your love and

justice. Amen.

Hymn 555 * Amazing grace!


“For God so loved the world that God gave the

only Son, so that everyone who believes may not

perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did

not send the Son into the world to condemn the

world, but in order that the world might be saved

through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Jesus came not to condemn or to punish, crush,

destroy or disregard, but to save, to heal,

to forgive, to love. Thanks be to God! Amen.



(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)


Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 OT p. 604

St. John 3:14-21 NT p. 119

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 396(2) verses 1-3 And can it be?

(Hymn of the Month, March 2018)

SERMON Pastorin Birgit Weinbrenner

Hymn 544 * When I needed a neighbour

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)


Merciful God, we thank you for your

wonderful works among humankind.

Accept this offering with the dedication of

our lives and help us be for the world an

emblem of your steadfast love,

in Jesus Christ. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (See Notices overleaf)


Response: We are all your children,

help us grow in love.


(Please pray in your own preferred language / version.)

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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 457(1)* All hail the power of Jesus’ name

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)


Psalm 107: a Public Announcement

Attention everyone, be happy and thankful.

God is good and everything God makes is

good, and God loves what is good.

Say it aloud. Say it often.

God’s goodness and God’s love

go on and on forever;

And guess what?

God is gathering everything good together.

From the north and the south they are

arriving, from the west and from the east.

Everyone is getting swept into God’s great

arms. Everyone is coming home

to goodness.