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Sunday, March 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Marshall High School Auditorium
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043


Welcome to our worship service. Today is the fourth Sunday of the Christian season called Lent. This season culminates with our remembrance of Good Friday (the day Jesus died on a Roman cross) and Easter Sunday (the day Jesus was resurrected). Traditionally, Lent is marked by reflection on our baptism: our participation with Jesus in death—the death of our old lives—and resurrection—the new life we have with him now. Our participation with Jesus through baptism is the flip side of our faith that Jesus participates with us. Jesus became one of us, identified with us, and even died for us.

In one of the visual art pieces we’re projecting today, Christina Ramos’s The Baptism, the picture of baptism is a picture of dying. She lays under the water as if laying in a grave, and the baptizer, wearing a large black robe, looks like the Grim Reaper.

This is very Christian depiction of baptism.

In his letter to the Christian church in first-century Rome, Paul wrote, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” (1 Corinthians 6:3).

Paul explains, “We were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (1 Corinthians 6:4).

In baptism, and in Lent, we do a beautiful thing: acknowledging that we die with Christ, not so that we stay dead, but for our new life in Christ to emerge, just as he emerged in his resurrection.


Order of Worship

Called into Christ Jesus

Our Call from God to Worship: Romans 3:23-24

Reconciled through Christ Jesus

Confession of Sin and Word of Grace: Romans 5:6-10; 6:1-4; “Trisagion” (F. Ortega)
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“Doxology on Ascent: Lament and Hope (Psalms 120-134)” (T. Ken, C. Park; traditional)

Sent by Christ Jesus

 Prayers of the People

The Peace


Called into Christ Jesus

Revelation 2:12-17; “The Sword of Judgment”

Reconciled through Christ Jesus

“Stronger” (B. Fielding, R. Morgan);
“No Longer Slaves” (B. Johnson, J. Case, J. Helser);
“Marvelous Light” (C. Hall)


Sent by Christ Jesus



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