March 11, 2018 “A Serpentine Mystery” – Margaret Fraser

March 11, 2018 (click to download bulletin)

Sunday 10:00am (click for directions to 2901 SE Steele Street in Portland)


  1. Prelude – What Wondrous Love is This – Arr. Larry Sue (ASCAP)
    • What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
  2. Welcome and Invitation to WorshipCarole Spencer
  3. Congregational Songs – Worship Songs
    •  #21 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
    • #258 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
    • #283 What Wondrous Love Is This?
    • Lord of the Dance (insert)
  4. Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21 (NRSV) – Jerry Pattee
    • Numbers 21:4-9: From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
    • John 3:14-21: And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
  5. Message: A Serpentine Mystery – Margaret Fraser
  6. Open Worship
    • In the silence, open yourself to God and let God guide your thoughts.
      As you listen the Spirit may direct you to share what you have received.
      (For helpful guidelines, see the brochure in the pew rack.)
  7. Offering: The Old Rugged Cross George Bennard, Arr. Brendlinger
  8. Prayer and AnnouncementsDwight Kimberly

10:30am: Latino Friends Worship meets in the Chapel

11:30am: Jr High and High School meets in the Library

11:30am – 12:30pm: Forum Class: Black History video

Noon: Latino Friends Discipleship: room 121/122

2:00pm: Convergent Friends at Reedwood with Debbie Humphries, traveling minister from New England. Meet in the Lounge.

4:00pm: Cynthia Edwards memorial, remembrances and reception in the Friendship Center.