FCUCC Worship: Bulletin for 3/22/2020

Third Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020, 10:30 am


Prelude                                                            Prelude                         by Reinhold Glière


Prepare . . .


Trinity Chime

Call to Worship

We gather again among the electrons to worship.                                                                                  But it’s so different!  We can’t even see each other!                                                          Quarantine does that.  It affects every aspect of our lives, even what we can see                  with our eyes.                                                                                                                                               What about other ways of seeing?                                                                                            Hmm…say a little more.                                                                                                                              Maybe not being able to see like we usually see will help us to see in                                other ways.                                                                                                                                       Now, that is an interesting idea.  Perhaps we can open ourselves to many ways of                seeing as we join together for worship.  What do you say?                                                               Come, let us worship together!                                                                                                  And so, we shall.

Hymn of Praise1                                                        Be Now My Vision                               SLANE

Be now my vision, O God of my heart.                                                                                  Nothing surpasses the love you impart–                                                                                    You might best thought, by day or by night,                                                                                Waking or sleeping, your presence my light.

Be now my wisdom, and be my true word;                                                                              Ever within in me, my soul is assured;                                                                                      Mother and Father, you are both to me,                                                                                    Now and forever your child I will be.

Riches I heed not, nor life’s empty praise,                                                                                 You, my inheritance, now and always.                                                                                        You and you only are first in my heart,                                                                                   Great God, my treasure, may we never part.

Sovereign of heaven, my victory won,                                                                                          May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!                                                                    Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,                                                                                    Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Prayer of Confession

Silent Confession

Assurance of Grace2

One fact remains that does not change, God has loved you, loves you now, and will always love you.  This is the good news that brings us new life.  Thanks be to God!


Anthem                                                 Hymn of Promise                              by Natalie Sleeth                                                                                                                                         arr.,  Ferguson

sung by Marika Straw, In honor of Mary Cowal                                                                                    (Feel free to sing along!)   

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; 

in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, 

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. 


There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; 

there’s a dawn for every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. 

from the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, 

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. 


In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; 

in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. 

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, 

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. 


Listen . . .

Gospel Lesson                                                            JOHN 9:1-41

If you respond to these words, then for you they have become the word of the still-speaking God.  Thanks be to God!


Sermon                                      Believing is Seeing                    Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan

Marion Sheppard showing her dance moves.

Respond . . .


Joys and Concerns

This is my prayer to God.  Your prayer is now our prayer.

Prayers of the People

                    God in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Mother and Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kindom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kindom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Offering:  A Note from Our Treasurer

Dear Congregants of FCUCC,

We ask that during this time of physical distancing and suspension of on-site church activities that you NOT forget to continue your faithful financial support of our church.  The operating costs of our facility and the staff salaries need your continued support.  Your gifts can be given in any of the following ways:

  1. Mail checks to: FCUCC, PO Box 3211, Asheville, NC 28802
  2. Go to the church website: uccasheville.org

Scroll to the bottom of the home page where there is a yellow DONATE button.  Press that button to go to a page where payments can be made using PayPal or a credit card

  1. If you have not elected to start automatic withdrawals from your checking account for regular giving we would be happy to provide the form needed to get that started.

For further information concerning finances please contact Joanne Roudebush, Treasurer at 785-221-0390 or jroudebush5@gmail.com.

Offertory              Sweet Hour of Prayer      by Bradbury,  arr. Johnston                                                                                                                                                                                                   Doxology                                                                                       OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

                    Praise Christ all creatures here below

                    Praise Holy Spirit, Comforter

                    One God, Triune, whom we adore.


Prayer of Dedication (by Phil Adams)

Empowering and equipping God, the scriptures teach us that even the most unlikely and ill-prepared can be chosen by you for greatness in service.  We offer these gifts to you as a recommitment of ourselves to carry on in the work of your kindom, offering your love and light to all people.  As the cold gray days of winter give way to the promise of newness in the light and warmth of spring, let us embody that renewal in our lives.  May our spirits grow and turn toward your light as our eyes are opened to how it is that you would have us serve.  Amen.

Closing Hymn4                                          Amazing Grace                                NEW BRITAIN

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!                                          I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;                            How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers; toils, and snares, I have already come;                                            ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

My God has promised good to me, whose word my hope secures;                                            God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,                                We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.


Postlude                                 Invention in B-flat Major                                       by J. S. Bach                    





  1. Copyright ©1927, Oxford University Press. Tune SLANE, Lyrics: Eleanor H. Hull 1912. All Rights Reserved.

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  2. Phil Adams
  3. Tune: Amazing Grace, Columbia Harmony, Cincinnati 1929, Arr. Edwin O. Excell, 1900. All Rights Reserved.

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