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2nd Sunday in Lent

02/25/2024

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CENTERING MUSIC             There Is a Balm in Gilead                               John Carter
                                                                                                                     Arr. Fred Bock   

MOMENT OF HOPE

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Thank you Lord God for the opportunity of worship

for the freedom to be amongst your family

meeting in whatever way we can

and in the warmth of your embrace

People: Thank you that in worship we can put aside

the uncertainties of this world and rest

upon the certainties of the Kingdom

for your promises are not changeable

but immovable and eternal.

One: Thank you that we can bring to your feet

all the hurts and fears that trouble us

and leave them there

knowing that your strength and assurance

are all that we require

People: Thank you that as we draw near in worship

we are transported

from a world of concerns and fears

to a place where we can be at peace in your presence

find healing, wholeness and refreshment.

All: Thank you Lord God for the opportunity of worship.

 

OPENING HYMN#366  Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down,

Fix in us thy humble dwelling; all they faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion; pure, unbounded love thou art;

Visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast;

Let us all in thee inherit; let us find the promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;

end of faith as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty, to deliver; let us all they life receive;

Suddenly return, and never, nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,

Pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

PRAYER CONFESSING OUR NEED FOR GOD’S GRACE

God of dispossession, you rebuke our refusal to give up our idols, separate and safe:

Send us with Jesus on the way of the cross, that we might lose our love of death and take the risk of life,

Through Jesus Christ, the new covenant.  Amen.

(Moment of Silence)

SONG OF RENEWAL     God, Listen to your Children Praying

God, Listen to your children praying

God, send your spirit in this place

God, listen to your children praying

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

CELEBRATION OF GOD’S GRACE

God is the God of life.  And that life is offered to us each and every day.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

ANTHEM                                      Slow Me Down, Lord                             Linda Spevacek

BLESSING THE CHILDREN AND SINGING TO GODLY PLAY

                                                                    This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

 

Today’s Story                           "Jesus and the Children"             Kathleen Krentz & Joyclyn Van
 

Leader:                             And as we continue our worship…

Congregation:                           May God be with you there.

Children:                                May God be with you here.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Leader:      God in your Grace,

People:      Hear our prayer

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As we pray together the Lord's Prayer, you are invited to say this in whatever version is most comforting and meaningful to you.  Here is one possible version (ecumenical version) that you can use:

Our Father, who is in heaven, holy be your name.

Your kingdom come, your 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 Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

SCRIPTURES  Psalm 34:11-14; Mark 10:32-52

RESPONSE                                                   

Reader:      The word of the Lord

People:      Thanks be to God

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION, from Psalm 19 - responsively

Pastor:       May the words of my mouth

People:      And the meditations of our hearts

All:            Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord,

                  Our rock and our redeemer.  Amen

 

SERMON          Hearing Only What Applies

MOMENT OF SILENT REFLECTION

*HYMN OF RESPONSE    #203   Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love; show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

Kneels at the feet of his friends, silently washes their feet,

Master who acts as a slave to them.

 

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love; show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

Neighbors are wealthy and poor, varied in color and race:

Neighbors are near us and far away.

 

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love; show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

These are the ones we should serve; these are the ones we should love;

All these are neighbors to us and you.

 

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love; show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

Loving puts us on our knees, willing to wash others’ feet;

This is the way we should live like you.

 

MOMENT OF THANKSOFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY                               They Crucified My Lord                                             John Carter
                                                            Balm in Gilead                                    African America Spiritual                                                                       

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                                      

            Praise God from whom all grace flows forth.

            Praise Life all creatures here on earth.

            Praise Light who guides us on our way.

            Praise Love who forms us day by day.

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Thank you, Jesus, God Spirit who is Holy.

Anointing us with amazing love you settled tenaciously forever with us.

Thank you, Jesus, God Spirit, for your incredible grace.

 

*CLOSING HYMN   #451   Open My Eyes that I May See

Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me.

Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready my God, they will to see.

Open my eyes; illumine me, Spirit divine!

 

Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear.

And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.

Open my ears; illumine me, Spirit divine!

 

Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere.

Open my heart, and let me prepare love with they children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.

Open my heart; illumine me, Spirit divine.

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*PASSING THE PEACE

Pastor:       The peace of Christ be with you.

People:      And with you also.

Pastor:       Let us pass the peace of Christ.

People:      The peace of Christ be with you.   (To one another)

POSTLUDE                        Joshua Fought the Battle of Jerico                 Mary Ann Kim
                                                     African American Spiritual                                              

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