Fourth Sunday in Lent

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”


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

C: Amen.

P: Merciful God, we your children stand before you knowing that we have failed to bear your image in your world as you have called us to do.                        

C: Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbor, in what we have thought, in what we have said, and done; through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed; and we repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light.

P: God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not counting our trespasses against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his church, receive his pardon and peace. You are forgiven in the name of the Father, the Son + and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

C: For he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

M:Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 

C: For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 

M:His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 

C: He has shown strength; and scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 

M:He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 

C: He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: God of all mercy, by your power to heal and to forgive, graciously cleanse us from all sin and make us strong; 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: 1Sam 16:1-13

David is chosen and anointed

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

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

PSALM: Psalm 23

R: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

C: He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

R: he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

C: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

R: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

C: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.


Awake from sleep, live as children of light

Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

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

GOSPEL: John 9:1-7, 34-41

The man born blind

As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see… And [the religious leaders] drove him out [of the synagogue]. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.” 

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



CREED (stand)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

SONG – “How Great Thou Art”


L: Father your Son says: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We ask you to help us to set aside our pride so we can better seek to build your Kingdom on earth.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Help us to stand with those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit; (especially) may we show your compassion.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Help us to stop striving to create kingdoms of our own in your world.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Help us to share some small part our many blessings with others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us, and help us know that forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means choosing not seek vengeance.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Teach us to consider the needs of others even as we look to our own interests.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Help us to show dignity and respect to all people, and find “win/win” solutions to conflicts as often as possible.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. May we take up our cross, as your Son called us to do, sacrificially caring for others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

C: Amen.

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



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 & praise.


P: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God.

C: Amen.

“This Is The Feast”

This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


P: We gather around the table with the offering of bread and drink upon it, and the promise of the Living Christ among us. This is the welcome table of God, where all who seek to be at peace with their neighbor, and all who seek the mercy of God in Christ, are embraced. Come, for we are invited into this holy mystery.

C: We are ready!

P: Jesus says: “I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger, and all who believe in me shall never be thirsty.”

C: We are hungry and thirsty. O Lamb of God, we come!

P: On the night of his betrayal, Jesus took his authority as the Christ, the Anointed of God, and offered bread in thanksgiving saying:  “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you.”

P: In the same way, and by the same authority, Jesus offered the cup in thanksgiving saying: “Take, drink. This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for all people, for the forgiveness of sins.”   

C: Come, Holy Spirit. Open our eyes to the mystery of Christ’s presence in these ordinary things, and in our ordinary lives.

P: These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Come, for all things are ready!


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)


Come to the Table

“You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” 


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



“Be Thou My Vision”


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 22, 2020  The Fourth 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: Frann Wilson and John Schultz

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday 7 PM –  Mid-week Lenten Service                              


March 22 – Louis Ensworth

               24 – Kai Warner

“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 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.

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. 

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 22 – Isaiah 42:14-17 and Psalm 142

Monday, March 23 – Isaiah 42:18-21 and Psalm 19:1-11

Tuesday, March 24 – Ephesians 5:8-11 and Psalm 19:12-14

Wednesday, March 25 – Luke 1:26-38 and Psalm 5

Thursday, March 26 – Ephesians 5:12-14 and Psalm 103:1-14

Friday, March 27 – John 9:1-25 and Psalm 103:15-22

Saturday, March 28 – John 9:35-41 and Psalm 18:16-30

Sunday, March 29 – Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 130

Baptismal Birthdays              March

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