Sunday, February 18, 2018

First Sunday in Lent

Lenten Sermon Series:  This is Us

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – A Sadde Pavan for Lenten Tide (Farnaby)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit – Lord, Take Control (Anon, arr. Moore)                                                  Choir

My heart, my mind, my body, my soul
I give to You; take control.
I give my body, a living sacrifice;
Lord, take control, take control.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Hymnal 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

* Psalm of the Day – Psalm 25 (without musical response) Hymnal 756

L: (1)     To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

ALL:     (2)     O my God, in you I trust,

ALL:     Let me not be put to shame;

ALL:     Let not my enemies exult over me.

L: (3)     Let none that wait for you be put to shame;

ALL:     Let them be ashamed who are clothed with treachery.

L: (4)     Make me know your ways, O Lord;

ALL:     Teach me your paths.

L: (5)     Lead me in your truth, and teach me,

ALL:     For you are the God of my salvation;

ALL:     For you I wait all the day long.

L: (6)     Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,

L:     For they have been from of old.

ALL:     (7)     Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;

ALL:     According to your steadfast love remember me,

ALL:     For the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

L: (8)     Good and upright is the Lord;

L:     Therefore the Lord instructs sinners in the way,

L: (9)     And leads the humble in what is right,

L:     And teaches them their way.

ALL:     (10)     All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

ALL:     For those who keep the Lord’s covenant and

ALL:     Testimonies.

* SongLord, Who Throughout these Forty Days Hymnal 269

1. Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray, teach us with thee to mourn our sins and close by thee to stay.

2. As thou with Satan didst contend, and didst the victory win, O give us strength in thee to fight, in thee to conquer sin.

3. As thou didst hunger bear, and thirst, so teach us, gracious Lord, to die to self, and chiefly live by thy most holy word.

4. And through these days of penitence, and through thy passiontide, yea, evermore in life and death, Jesus, with us abide.

5. Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past, an Easter of unending joy we may attain at last.

* Prayer for Lent Hymnal 268

L: O God our deliverer, you led your people of old through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

ALL:     Amen.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Scripture Reading – Mark 1:9-15                                                            Carol Curtis, Liturgist

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Sermon – “This is Us:  Drenched                                                    Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicI Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Lloyd Larson)                                        Choir

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come now and follow me.
Lay down your earthly cares,” he said, “and I will set you free.”
I came to Jesus as I was; I had no gifts to bring.
He took my stubborn will, my pride, and taught my heart to sing. 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, come now and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live for Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk till traveling days are done

* Song – Prayer of Confession Hymnal 890

ALL:     Most merciful God,

ALL:     We confess that we have sinned against you

ALL:     In thought, word, and deed,

ALL:     By what we have done,

ALL:     And by what we have left undone.

ALL:     We have not loved you with our whole heart;

ALL:     We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

ALL:     We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

ALL:     For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

ALL:     Have mercy on us and forgive us;

ALL:     That we may delight in your will,

ALL:     And walk in your ways,

ALL:     To the glory of your name. Amen.

All pray in silence.

L: Almighty God have mercy on you,

L: Forgive all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ,

L: Strengthen you in all goodness,

L: And by the power of the Holy Spirit

L: Keep you in eternal life.

ALL:     Amen.


Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us.  As we have been fed may we be led by your Spirit to feed others, not just food for the body but also the Word for hungering spirits.  As our thirst for your presence has been quenched by the cup we have shared, may we pour ourselves out for those who thirst for you. Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – : O Lord, My God (Samuel Wesley)                                                           Choir

O Lord my God, hear Thou the prayer Thy servant prayest. Have Thou respect unto his prayer. Hear Thou in heaven, Thy dwelling place, and when Thou hearest, Lord, forgive.

Prayer of Dedication –

Sovereign Lord,
you call us to give generously as a way of expressing our love to you.
During this Lenten season, we strive to strengthen our spiritual commitment.
Use this offertory moment to help us reflect on the act of giving as a spiritual discipline.   May we discover opportunities to grow as your followers during this season of Lent.  Guide our gifts so that they may be multiplied to help inspire others
as they journey toward the promise of Eternal Life.
Through your holy son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

* Song to Present the Offering – Freely, Freely Hymnal 389

1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

2. All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

* Words for Sending Us Into the World

Leader:      May the love of God inside you
become the love that you show to others.

People:      May the world outside of these walls
become a better place because we live as Christ’s body.


* Choral Response – New Testament Benediction (Christian Gregor) Choir

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro mesto (Crabbe)

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