First Sunday in Lent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me. – John Wesley
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “Adveniat” Gregorian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me” Spiritual, arr. Moore
I want Jesus to walk with me. All along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
† Call to Worship Canticle of Covenant Faithfulness No. 125
Section 1, responsive, no sung response
† Hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” No. 400
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
Morning Prayer (unison) Lent No. 268
To Hear the Word
Hebrew Scripture Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Lee Enos is the Liturgist.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
Anthem “Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace” Luigi Zaninelli
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Let me sow love, that burgeoning hate may cease.
Pardon I’d grow where bitterness grew before,
Faith in men’s hearts that doubt there shall thrive no more.
Let me raise hope where lies despair,
To minds in darkness, bring learning’s light so fair,
And, Lord, into lives which misery’s wall surrounds,
With joy I’d break, Thy joy that in love abounds.
Lord, grant to me, as slowly my days unfold,
More to console than asking to be consoled;
May I understands, not seeking to be understood,
And love all men, judging not as to which are good.
Lord, take my life, which first I received from Thee,
Not measured out or counted, but full and free.
Then, Lord, as I go from this small earth’s pain and strife,
With Thee I’ll know eternal and infinite life.
From the Gospel Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Sermon “Dominion in life through Christ” Rev. Travis Knoll
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “And Can It Be that I Should Gain” No. 363
And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood! Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
‘Tis mystery all: th’immortal dies! Who can explore his strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine.’ Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.’ Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.
He left his Father’s throne above (so free, so infinite his grace!), emptied himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race.’ Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me!’ Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night; thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; my chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine; alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine, bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own. Bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory “Keep Me As The Apple Of An Eye” Robert Fielding
Keep me as the apple of an eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings,
From the ungodly, that trouble me;
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99
To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done. With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
(†)Celebration of Communion (read, not sung) No. 7-11
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn “O Worship the King” No. 73
O worship the King, all glorious above, O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love; our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of God’s might, O sing of God’s grace, whose robe is the light, whose canopy space, whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is God’s path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold, Almighty, thy power hath founded of old; hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree, and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light; it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail; thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, living through Christ, who frees us from the power of death
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “Peace, God’s Wonderful Peace” William Runyan
Peace, God’s wonderful peace be with you now and evermore. Amen.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Moderato Fiero” Blake