Third Sunday in Lent

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“Lead On, O King Eternal!”


P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.                                                               

P: God of mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

C: Gracious God, have mercy on us. We have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our failures to bear your image in ways known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

P: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

C: Amen.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want.

C: He gives us rest in green pastures; he leads us to still waters; he restores our souls.

M:He leads us in right paths for his name’s sake. 

C: Even though we walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, we fear no evil;

M:for he is with us; his rod and staff comfort us. 

C: He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies; he anoints our heads with oil; our cups overflow. 

M:Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives,

C: And we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Eternal Lord, your kingdom has broken into our troubles world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son.  Help us to hear your Word and obey it, so that we become instruments of your redeeming love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


FIRST READING: Exodus 17:1-7

Water from the rock in the wilderness

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 95

D: Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
C: Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
D: For you, Lord, are a great God, and a great ruler above all gods.
C: In your hand are the caverns of the earth; the heights of the hills are also yours.
D: The sea is yours, for you made it, and your hands have molded the dry land.
C: Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
D: For the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand. Oh, that today you would hear God’s voice!
C: “Harden not your hearts, as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the desert.
D: There your ancestors tested me, they put me to the test, though they had seen my works.
C: Forty years I loathed that generation, saying, ‘The heart of this people goes astray; they do not know my ways.’
D: Indeed I swore in my anger, ‘They shall never come to my rest.’ ”

SECOND READING: Romans 5:1-11

Reconciled to God by Christ’s death

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: John 4:5-42

Baptismal image: the woman at the well

[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.” Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” 

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                                 C: Praise to you, O Christ.



CREED (stand)

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

SONG     “I Need Thee Every Hour”


L: O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep of his hand.”          (Ps 95)

C: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they have their being.

L: You are worthy indeed to receive not just the worship and praise of our lips, but also of our hearts and souls. 

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: As we draw close to you, Lord, and the brightness of your love we are made only too aware of our own shortcomings. Enfold us in your love.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We pray for creativity in its many forms; we give you thanks for the skill of the weaver, potter, artist, sculptor, needle worker, and all who take that which you have given and make with it something of beauty for all to see.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We prayfor fruitfulness in its many forms; we give you thanks for selfless love, grace, wisdom, knowledge, sacrifice, and all who take that which you have given and feed the souls of others.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We pray for all people everywhere, whoever they are and whatever their needs. O God, you created us, and you love us as a Father; teach us to trust you, and help us know that you love us completely. Help us not only ask you for help, but also listen and look for your answer.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: We pray for those who hate, that they may learn to love. Grant, Lord, that all people may live without fear and hatred as they walk in your ways.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: Help us to seek unity even while respecting each other’s differences, celebrating our variety while pursuing a common purpose, and each following our own mission as we journey through life. Strengthen your church, Lord, to be united in love and prayer.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: We pray for all who suffer in mind or body and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; and for those who mourn (especially…); we lift up those without faith, hope or love.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

During flu & virus months we urge you to pass the peace in ways which minimize the potential of spreading illness—please consider “elbow bumps” or simply bowing in acknowledgment of one another. As always we ask that you respect the needs & preferences of others! Peace!

PEACE  (please stand)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


M:   Merciful Father,

C: We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (sit)



Offertory                      We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

DIALOGUE (stand)

P: The Lord be with you.                                     C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P:It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Holy God, Father, Son, and Spirit. Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Pow’r and might:

Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


P: You are holy, Almighty One! You created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people to make your mercy and truth known in all the world. But we betrayed your calling;

C: You were faithful. But we wandered from the way;

P: You called us to return, and led us home.

C: And still we turned from your ways, abused your creatures, and enslaved ourselves to self-centeredness and death.

P: At the right time you came and dwelt among us, as one of us, bringing good news to the poor, healing the sick, raising the dead, sharing table with the unrighteous, and teaching the way that leads to life.

C: By your incarnation, life, execution and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery, and made a new covenant with us by water and the Spirit. 

P: On the night of his betrayal, our Lord Jesus, took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my body which is given for you.”

P: He did the same with the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup poured out for all people is the new covenant in my blood.”

C: Blessed Trinity, we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us.

P: Pour out your Spirit on us

C: Pour out your Spirit on these gifts.

P: Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ.

C: Make us Christ’s body alive in the world.

P: May your kingdom come!

C: Glory to you!


P: We pray as Jesus taught us:

C: 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, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. (sit)


“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

“How Firm A Foundation”


P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: Amen


P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen



“Faith of Our Fathers”


P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength!   (Hab 3:19)

M:   Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer


St. John’s Announcements  March 15, 2020    The Third Sunday in Lent

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary,

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director,,


Serving Today

Deacons: Matt Wiltse and Jim Schultz

Altar: Glenda Hall                        Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today                     after service                  Coffee Fellowship

Wednesday           2:45 PM                         Sonshine Meeting

                                6 PM                               Mid-week Soup and Sandwich

                                7 PM                               Mid-week Lenten Service                  

Thursday               9 AM                              Quilting


March 15 – Thomas Estes

          17 – Barb Salmonson

          20 – Monica Case


March 21 – Don And Ginny Becker 39 years

Church Office I will be out of the office Wednesday of this week through Tuesday of the next week.  Carolynne

“One Night” Fundraiser to benefit the Genesis House

Instead of giving up something that doesn’t benefit anyone, to celebrate the season of Lent, we at St. John’s have decided to give something someone else can use, the $100 that will make a huge difference for a homeless family.  For little more than a dollar a day during the Lenten season, you will provide all of these services for an entire family that lives in our area!  If you can offer this important gift, please provide an address where we can send a thank you card and your cash or check can be made out to Genesis House of Olean, Inc. Chris Hackett will be taking donations from now to Easter Sunday.  Those at Genesis House sincerely Thank You!

Congregational Directory  I have placed 2 copies of the directory for you to look at in the narthex on the back table.  Please look it over to see if there are any mistakes or if I have left anyone out that you know of.  Feel free to mark these up and I will make corrections and additions.

Mid-Week Dinners  We are looking for people willing to be in charge of the mid-week dinners.  I have a sheet down in the basement for the mid-week dinners along with the regular monthly dinners.  If you are interested please sign-up.  Also if you have an idea what you might be bringing please write that on the list also.

Mid-week Lenten Services  There will be a soup and sandwich dinner before the service at 6 PM and service at 7 PM.  Please join us for these meaningful services.

Rebuilding Together  There are applications for Rebuilding Together in the narthex on the table.  If you know of someone that needs help or you yourself need some help, consider having Rebuilding Together helping.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia Workshop  There is information on the bulletin boards in the narthex and also by the back stairs.  There will be a workshop on Tuesday of this week.

Introductory or Member classes If you have any interest in an introductory or member class please let Pastor Cheek or Carolynne leFeber know.  It would be a short I day, couple hour class. 

Monthly Congregational Luncheons If you would like to host one of our monthly luncheons please put your name on the sheet in the basement by the kitchen.  We are also asking you to sign up if you will be bring an item to help out the host.  This just lets us know how many meats, vegs, fruits and desserts will be here. You don’t have to say exactly what you have in mind it’s just for information.  Also please feel free to come even if you can’t bring something with you.

Chairs  Chairs were donated to the church and we have an overabundance of them.  If you or anyone you know has a need for them please feel free to take them.  They were chairs that were in the Old Library before the newest renovation. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex. More info is in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Patrick Walsh – Ray and Vicky McKinneys grandson

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                             Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew           Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew          Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson


Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece                  Beth Wiltse

Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                   Donald Hood       

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                        Ray Limerick        

Brent Limerick                                                                      Bette Finger

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston      Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                 Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law         John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Beth Mattern                                                                        Nick and Catherine Heary                  

John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray                                 Jaidin Page                           

Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew                    Ann Pierce                            

Charlotte and Gene Preston                                              Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother     


Bob Salmonson            Jerry Spring           Ted Boser

George Schreiber         Sandy Watt           Merle Schultz               

Daily Devotions

Sunday, March 15 – Exodus 17:1-3 and Psalm 13

Monday, March 16 – Exodus 17:4-7 and Psalm 95:6-11

Tuesday, March 17 – Romans 5:1-2 and Psalm 102:1-17

Wednesday, March 18 – Romans 5:3-8 and Psalm 102:18-28

Thursday, March 19 – John 4:7-24 and Psalm 93

Friday, March 20 – John 4:25-42 and Psalm 47

Saturday, March 21 – Romans 1:8-17 and Psalm 24

Baptismal Birthdays  


Merle Schultz                March 4

Joseph Schultz              March 8

Bonnie Harrier              March 13

Dave Wiltse                  March 22

Frann Wilson                March 25

Terry Wiltse                  March 25

Bob Salmonson            March 27

Fran Hill                        March 29