Service for the Lord’s Day

Second Sunday in Lent

February 28, 2021 – 10:00 AM

 

Gathering around the Word

               

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude                                                     “He Hideth My Soul”         

 

Call to Worship (WWG)                                      from Psalm 22

I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters, and lead them in praise.

You did not despise the afflicted nor turn a deaf ear when they cried to you.

All the ends of the earth shall turn to you, O God; all families shall worship the Lord.

We will tell of your deeds to those who follow, and proclaim your deliverance to all.

Praise the Lord!

Let us worship God!

 

Gathering Hymn #330                 “Are You Washed in the Blood?”

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Refrain:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?  Refrain

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?  Refrain

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?  Refrain

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!  Refrain

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession

God our Redeemer, we confess that we are people of ashes and dust. You call us to be a blessing in the world, but we only seek our own benefit. You call us to give our lives for others, but we only seek to save ourselves. Forgive us, God of grace. Set our minds on divine things—the good news of the gospel and the promise of new life in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

 (Silent Prayer)  This we pray in faith.  Amen

 

Assurance of Pardon

 

Extinguish second Lenten candle

 

Gloria Patri (Hymn #812)  

 

The Peace

Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us also forgive one another. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

Proclaiming the Word

 

The Prayer for Illumination

 

The Word Read

 

            Hebrew Scripture:             Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (Page 11)

 

                            Gospel:                      Mark 8:31-38 (Page 771)

 

The Word of the Lord  

Thanks be to God  

  

Word Proclaimed                          “Disappointment with God”   

 

Responding to the Word

Sermon Hymn  #305                                    “Jesus Paid It All”  

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Refrain:
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.  Refrain

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. Refrain

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.  Refrain

 

Affirmation of Faith                    adapted from Confession of 1967

 

To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world

as God’s reconciling community.

This community, the church universal,

is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation

and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities

which separate people from God and from each other.

Christ has called the church to this mission

and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel

by faithful obedience to his call.

Amen

 

The Sealing of the Word

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

 

            Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.  Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

 

                        Bearing and Following the Word into the World

 

Hymn #2130                                                    “The Summons”

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown?
Will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown in you,
and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare,
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you
and you in me?

Will you let the blinded man see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
and do such as this unseen?
And admit to what I mean in you,
and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell that fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
to reshape the world around
through my sight and touch and sound in you,
and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go,
where your love and footsteps show,
thus I’ll move and live and grow in you,
and you in me.

 

Charge/Blessing

 Postlude

 

CALL TO PRAYER

O God, we glory in your holy name; we marvel at your wondrous works. You gathered a nation around you and called it blessed. You spared not your own Son, but sent him in the midst of a people to redeem them from sin. We gather this day to bear witness to your majesty. Our hearts rejoice in the promise of your covenant of love; our souls are cleansed by your mercy. Our bodies rise to bless your name; our voices sing your praises. Amen

 

Let us remember these who need comfort, strength and healing:

Family of Stephanie Rexroat                  Family of Jennie Brower                       

Don Dickerson                                      Candy Kennedy

Don Rockey                                          Denise Fort

Don Hubbard                                        Janet Coons                                          

Avis Woods                                          Mitzi Miner                   

Dottie Smith                                          Steve Pfendler             

Fran Brower                                          Michaela Myers (Chris Myers)    

Larry Hanni                                            Lincoln Downing (Chris Myers)

Reba Abbott (Toni Maio)                        Jason Patton (Julie Bosley)

Tom Hulse (Lisa Schnepp’s father)         Bridget Morris (Janice Rockey) 

Chad Murphy (Branden Freeman)           Lily Hiatt (Cindy Urich)              

Mark Freeman (Branden’s father)            Bill Spragg (Toni Maio) 

Maio family at death of Aunt Ernestina   Bob Walker (Shirley Thomas)

 

Persecuted Christians around the world and The Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Please be in prayer for our nation to heal hardened hearts and live with Christ’s love.

 

Also remember our members who are in care facilities or shut-in and can no longer worship with us: Bob Lowes, Betty Plummer, Mary Cummings, Don Hubbard, Louis and Phyllis Rockey.