Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell, Pastor

Morgan Park

 Baptist Church

11024 S. Bell Avenue 

Chicago, IL 60643


God’s Family Worships
4th Sunday of Lent
March 19, 2023 
11:00 A.M.

Almighty God, we confess that at times, even when we do our best, we fail. We are not perfect. We sometimes do not recognize when our words or actions, even when we mean well, can cause harm. We miss signs and cues from others. Call us into accountability and show us mercy. Instill in our hearts kindness and compassion, for others and ourselves. Teach us how to forgive well, in ways that protect ourselves from further harm, but extend the same mercy You have extended to us. Forgive us when we have failed to notice the harm we have caused, and help us to correct our faults and make amends as best as we are able. Amen.

The Fellowship of Praise
Prelude                                                                      Cameron Jones                                                                                    
*Call to Worship                                                    Rev. Dr. Naomi Mitchell

L: We walk by faith, not by sight;

            C: For the love of Christ urges us on.

L: If we are in Christ,

            C: We are a new creation

L: Everything old has passed away;  

          C: Everything has become new!

L: Come, enter this time of worship:

          C: May we be renewed in our spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


*Hymn of Praise     “Somebody Prayed For Me” 
                                                                      by Dorothy Norwood                                                  
Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind
Took the time and prayed for me
I’m so glad they prayed
I’m so glad they prayed
I’m so glad they prayed for me

*Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)

*Gloria Patri #734

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The Fellowship of the Family of God
Greetings and Announcements
Pastor's Welcome

The Fellowship of Giving
*Doxology #34  
The Fellowship of Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Praise and Thanks
For the continued ministry of MPBC; and the love and support of our MPBC members and friends; for our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell and his family.
For Healing and Rehabilitation
Annette Adams; Annether Baines; Diane Brownlee; Patsy Browning; Beverly Capers (sister of Beatrice Haywood); Elizabeth Chelton (Granddaughter of Patsy Browning); Trisha Clark (granddaughter of Penny Lord); Neil Cunningham; The Goodman Family; Linda Guisewite (mother of Debbie Taylor); Floyd Hale and family; Priscilla Hall; Aretha Hampton; Shavon Harp (Niece of Annether Baines); 
The Haywood Family; The Healy/Chase Family; Jack & Penny Lord; Linda, Stephanie & Joan McCarty; John & Flora Mitchell (Pastor Joel’s parents); Sam and Karen Mitchell; Beverly Nickerson; Haile Selassie (son of Bruce and Rev. Francine White); Barbara Shriver (mother of Gretchen Shriver); Robert Soria (grandson of Susan Soria); Debbie and Mack Taylor; Cassandra Taylor (JFK owner); Michael Whaley; Jeremy Williams & Family; Ira Williams
For Guidance and Direction
For our MPBC family, our vision for the future, and for our young people 
For Watchcare
All of our service men and women serving and all of our veterans; All of our missionaries, who serve in all parts of the USA and in many parts of the world; For the President of the United States, Joe Biden. For all the people who have suffered through natural disasters; For the city of Chicago, that violence will cease  

Pastoral Prayer 

The Fellowship of the Word 
*Hymn           “Break Every Chain”           by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
There’s an army rising up
There’s an army rising up
There’s an army rising up 
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain

Scripture Readings                                          Rev. Dr. Naomi Mitchell
Sermon                                                                 Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell
The Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn                 “Jesus Will”                   by Anita Wilson

Who opens doors, that I cannot see
Jesus will, Jesus will

Who will make all my decisions for me
Jesus will, Jesus will

When I’m in trouble, 
he gives me a song,
In the night season, 
and all the day long

Who makes me do right, 
when I would do wrong,
Jesus will, Jesus will

* Benediction