March 22, 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 comment on Facebook Live ( (right click on this link to get to our Facebook page). Feel free to greet your friends from wherever you are. If you’d like to connect with anyone at church or have any questions about our congregation, please email one of our pastors or email or call the church office.

We like to remind folks that children are always welcome to remain with the congregation during worship—even more so now. When we meet in person, childcare is available as well. 

   gathering   


HYMN                                                                            hymnal #408

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


LENTEN SONG: Bless The Lord, My Soul

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                       Psalm 23            

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 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.  

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.

Never Walk Alone

You are my shepherd faithful forever
Your hand is strong where my faith is weak
Close as my heartbeat You won’t forsake me
You are the love that will carry me

And I won’t be afraid
I will trust Your heart and say

I will never ever ever walk alone
You are with us for us always holding on
Though I wander Your love goes further
You are my hope and future
I will never walk alone

Questions may haunt us casting a shadow
Still You’re the hope and the fire in me
I will not tremble I will not stumble
You are my courage my bravery

Surely Your goodness and mercy
Will light up the way set before me
Surely Your grace will pursue me
All my days all my days

CCLI Song # 7047088 CCLI License # 349090

Rend Collective © Thankyou Music

   The Word   

GOSPEL LESSON                                                                        

Matthew 25:1-13                                                      page 21

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

SERMON                                                                   Pastor Phil

What do we do in the meantime?

   our response   

Power To Redeem

You take what is and You make it beautiful
When love floods in we’re restored forevermore

With breath that brings the dead to life
With words that pierce the dark with light
Only by the blood are we set free
With mercy strong to carry shame
And nail it to a tree
You alone hold the power to redeem

No guilt competes with innocence crucified
No grave can hold what Your grace has justified

(So) Rejoice O child of God
(Oh) Lift your eyes to see
With ev’ry morning light
(Oh) Again we are redeemed

Oh You alone hold the power to redeem
Oh You alone hold the power to redeem

CCLI Song # 7023313 CCLI License # 349090

Justin Ebach | Lauren Ashley Daigle | Paul Mabury © 2014 CentricSongs

              & THE LORD’S PRAYER                 (From Matthew’s Gospel)

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. 


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.

   sending   

HYMN                                                                               hymnal #78

Great Is Thy Faithfulness


L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

P: Thanks be to God


We Love You
& Are Loved
We Bless &
Are Blessed
What Can 
We Do?

   Keep your light burning   

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 “…”Y’all are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mat 5:14-16).

"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)