Joanne Jackson, Jessica (medical issues); Cathy Willard (patients at CarePartners Rehab); Bill Ward, Joanne Fox, Ken Driggers, Ronnie Smith, Baylor Joel Teal and Carey Heaver (children w/cancer), Dixie Tipton, Mabel & Ed Ehresman, John Scott (brother of Pat MacLean), Vivian Washington, Martha Miles, Benjamin Bailey (Snider’s grandson), Scott, Martha, Randy; Mr. Webb; The Armstrong family (Gerry’s death); Irving Washington, and unnamed others.

Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church

(If you know of someone who should be added to our prayer list, please write it on a piece of paper and place it in the offering plate or give it to the pastor)


Instrumentalists Soloists Scripture Readers Greeters Ushers Children’s Message Counters Nursery/Preschool Audio/Visual Refreshments

John Hamrick and Elizabeth Hamrick Andrea Bailey and Rev. Johnson Rich Ashley and Nicole Johnson
Judy Womble and Liz Benjamin Frank and Angela Fox

Rev. Johnson

John Hamrick and Assistant

Judy Womble

Rev. Bruce Johnson, Pastor Elizabeth Hamrick, Pianist

Andrea Bailey, Music Director John Hamrick, Organist

Brian Dodge

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Post Office Box 865 • Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754 (828) 689-5486 (Church) • (828) 689-5561 (Parsonage) (828) 380-0158 (Pastor’s Cell Phone)
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Sunday, February 21st, 2010

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This morning’s music in the bulletin are printed with permission as follows: The Celebration Hymnal. Copyright 1997 by Word/Integrity. All rights reserved. The Publishers gratefully acknowledge permission from organizations to reprint texts, music and arrangements contained in this book. The Faith We Sing. Copyright 2000 by Abingdon Press. All rights reserved. The United Methodist Hymnal. Copyright 1989 by The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved. The Bulletin Cover picture was taken from and used with permission.

A Taizé Service of the Imposition of Ash 1 Sunday, Lent
“Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.” (Joel: 2:13b, NRSV).

As you leave this morning, do not attempt to wash the ashes off with water. Ash and water when mixed forms a caustic substance that may irritate and even burn the skin. Instead, use a little vegetable oil to clean the ash off of your forehead. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. The Service of the Imposition of Ashes emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and we confess our sin before God within the community of faith. The service focuses on the dual themes of sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ. As we come together this morning, we worship together in the Taizé tradition. Taizé is a style of worship originating from Taizé, France (which is a little village south of Burgundy. Over sixty years ago, Brother Roger founded a community that was wholly devoted to prayer and to living a parable of reconciliation within both the church and the human family. There worship consisted of repetitive music, prayer, silent mediation, visual reminders of who they were as Children of God, and the study of God’s Word. Our service this morning follows a similar pattern with song, scripture, personal mediation, and the sharing of God’s Word. It is my pray that you find this service to be the beginning of your journey through this Lenten season as we together strive to grow closer to God and to one another.

God’s people come into His presence with Prayer and Praise
(For this morning’s service, we will be using The Celebration Hymnal, The United Methodist Hymnal, and The Faith We Sing. The music is also printed in the bulletin for your convince.)

Bringing the Light of Christ into the Church

10:50AM 10:55 AM The Acolyte


The Acolyte Rev. Johnson

*OPENING HYMN “Sanctuary”

The Celebration Hymnal # 655
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

The United Methodist Hymnal # 269 “Lead Me, Lord”
(Psalms 5:8)

*POSTLUDE *Indicates the Congregation shall stand, as able ~~~~~~~~~~~
We welcome our visitors today as you worship with us! We hope you will come again! If you are looking for a church home and want to feel and experience the love of God, Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church is the place for you!

RESPONSIVE READING — Psalm 27 Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? All: One thing I ask of the Lord, only that do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, to frequent His temple. Leader: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud: have mercy on me, answer me. In Your behalf my heart says: “Seek My face!” O Lord, I seek Your face. Do not hide Your face from me; do not thrust aside Your servant in anger; You have ever been my help. Do not forsake me, do not abandon me, O God , my deliverer. Though my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will take me in. All: Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a level path. MORNING PRAYER HYMN
(Psalms 102:1-2)


The United Methodist Hymnal # 269 “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”
(Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13)

The Faith We Sing # 2200 “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” (Three Times)

THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES (All are invited to come and receive God’s grace by touching the clay, the water, the oil, and through the receiving of the ashes. After receiving the ashes, you may return to your seat or knell at God’ Altar.) A PRAYER OF CONFESSION Leader: In the dark of night God calls to us; beckoning us on, seeking us out, calling us to peace, to quietness, to wholeness. All: The world is dark around us, filled with coldness, terror and restlessness. Leader: It is a darkness of our creation: Greed, hatred, envy: brokenness. All: Take us and heal us of every evil. Bring us back into the comfort and closeness of your embrace, O God. Leader: Your cleansing love, O God, purifies our darkness restoring it to us; Warm, comforting, restful: complete. All: In the dark of our night we hear God call, offering love and strength and forgiveness. Leader: With God the darkness brings comfort not fear, love not hatred, righteousness not punishment. Walk in the darkness of your life as in the light, for both the dark and the light belong to God, as do you. All: Amen. SILENCE

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Jeremiah 18:1-6 CHILDREN’S SERMON A Lump of Clay SPECIAL MUSIC “Change My Heart, O God”
(Psalms 51:10)

Rich Ashley Rev. Johnson Rev. Johnson


Nicole Johnson Rev. Johnson

The Celebration Hymnal # 633 “Open Our Eyes Lord”
(Matthew 5:8)


Rich Ashley Rev. Johnson

The United Methodist Hymnal # 488 “Jesus, Remember Me” (Three Times)
(Luke 23:42)

Leader: Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin I was conceived. All: Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Leader: Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; All: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Leader: Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. All: Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Leader: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. All: Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. Leader: O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. GIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OUR OFFERINGS OFFERTORY *DOXOLOGY: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.” SPECIAL MUSIC “The Lord’s Prayer”
(Matthew 6:9-13)

Andrea Bailey

RESPONSIVE READING — Psalm 51 Leader: Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. All: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Luke 7:1-10 MEDITATION Such Faith I Have Not Seen

Nicole Johnson Rev. Johnson