March 15, 2020

NOTE: this bulletin has simply been cut and paste from the print version. It has not been reformatted for this medium but is here as reference only.

Welcome to Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church!  
We’re glad you’re here. You’re welcome to sign the red pad located on a seat at the end of your pew and then pass it along to your neighbor. This is a great place to share prayer requests or communicate with leaders in the life of the church.

Children are always welcome to remain with the congregation during worship. There is a quiet craft table in the back of the sanctuary for them to use during the service. There is nursery available for 0-3, and children ages 3-5 are invited to Children’s Church after the Scripture readings.



LENTEN SONG: Bless The Lord, My Soul

CALL TO WORSHIP                                       based on Joel 2:13,12            

L: Rend your hearts and not your clothing.  
Return to the Lord, your God,

P: For the Lord is gracious & merciful, slow to anger, & abounding in steadfast love.

L:  Even now, says the Lord, 
return to me with all your heart,  

P: with fasting, with weeping, & with mourning.   

Prayer:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

* HYMN                                                                        hymnal #580

God Bless Your Church with Strength

* GOSPEL LESSON                                                                     

Matthew 22:1-14                                                      page 19

L:  The Word of the Lord,    

P: Thanks be to God.

Glory be to the Father,                 hymnal #109
And to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen

CHILDREN’S CHURCH SENDING                          A Sung Prayer

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,                  hymnal #423

Don’t lean on your own understanding

In all your ways acknowledge him

And he will direct your paths.  Alleluia…

And he will direct your paths.


Children’s Church:  for ages 3-5 meets in the upstairs lounge. Please meet your children up there after 
the service. 

Child Care: We warmly welcome families with children! 
– Ages 0-3 are welcome in the nursery in the gym 
 (upstairs past the lounge). 
Families are also welcome to keep kids 
in worship.

SERMON                                                                   Pastor Phil

Getting Off Track

* Be Unto Your Name

We are a moment You are forever
Lord of the ages God before time
We are a vapor You are eternal
Love everlasting reigning on high

Holy holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name

We are the broken You are the healer
Jesus Redeemer mighty to save
You are the love song we’ll sing forever
Bowing before You blessing Your name

Be unto Your name

CCLI Song # 2177476 CCLI License # 349090
Gary Sadler | Lynn DeShazo © 1998 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music 

              & THE LORD’S PRAYER                            (From Matthew)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen. 


Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God                 Carl F. Mueller


 Gavotte                                                                       Lully

    Leah Jackson, violin

* DOXOLOGY                                                         hymnal #48

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below; 

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

* Rescuer

He’s our Rescuer
He’s our Rescuer
We are free from sin forevermore
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the Lord our Rescuer

There is good news for the captive
Good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter
The one religion failed
For the good Lord has come to seek and save

He is beauty for the blind man
Riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary
Rest for those who strive
Oh the good Lord is the way the truth the life
Yes the good Lord is the way the truth the life

So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
There is redemption for every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary

CCLI Song # 7094920 CCLI License # 349090  
Benjamin Hastings | Bryan Fowler | Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson © Capitol CMG Amplifier 

* BENEDICTION                                                                       

L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

P: Thanks be to God


Third Mode Melody                      Thomas Tallis, c.1557

*Please stand as you are able.

Join us downstairs in the fellowship hall for coffee & conversation.

   The Peasant Wedding Banquet   

by Peter Bruegel, 1568

 “…Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” Matthew 22:4

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)