Sunday, February 25, 2018

Second Sunday in Lent

Lenten Sermon Series:  This is Us

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – In Illo Tempore (Gregorian)

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 22 (without musical response) Hymnal 752

L: (1)     My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

ALL:     Why are you so far from helping me, from the words

ALL:     Of my groaning?

L: (2)     O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;

ALL:     And by night, but find no rest.

L: (3)     Yet you, the praise of Israel,

L:     Are enthroned in holiness.

ALL:     (4)     In you our forebears trusted;

ALL:     They trusted and you delivered them.

L: (5)     To you they cried, and were saved;

ALL:     In you they trusted, and were not disappointed.

L: (6)     But I am a worm, and not human;

ALL:     Scorned by others, and despised by the people.

L: (7)     All who see me mock at me,

ALL:     They make mouths at me, they wag their heads;

L: (8)     ”He committed his cause to the Lord;

L:     Let the Lord deliver him.

L:     Let the Lord rescue him,

L:     For the Lord delights in him!”

ALL:     (9)     Yet it was you who took me from the womb;

ALL:     You kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

L: (10)     Upon you I was cast from my birth,

L:     And since my mother bore me, you have been my God.

ALL:     (11)     Do not be far from me,

ALL:     For trouble is near

ALL:     And there is none to help.

L: (12)     Many bulls encompass me,

L:     Strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

ALL:     (13)     They open wide their mouths at me,

ALL:     Like a ravening and roaring lion.

L: (14)     I am poured out like water

ALL:     And all my bones are out of joint;

L:     My heart is like wax,

ALL:     It is melted within my breast;

L: (15)     My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,

L:     And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;

ALL:     You lay me in the dust of death.

L: (16)     Indeed, dogs surround me;

ALL:     A company of evildoers encircles me;

ALL:     They have pierced my hands and feet -

L: (17)     I can count all my bones -

ALL:     They stare and gloat over me;

L: (18)     They divide my garments among them,

ALL:     And for my raiment, they cast lots.

L: (25)     From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

ALL:     My vows I will pay before those who worship the Lord.

L: (26)     The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

ALL:     Those who seek the Lord shall praise the Lord!

ALL:     May your hearts live for ever!

L: (27)     All the ends of the earth shall remember

L:     And turn to the Lord;

ALL:     And all the families of the nations

ALL:     Shall worship before the Lord.

L: (28)     For dominion belongs to the Lord

L:     Who rules over the nations.

ALL:     (29)     All who sleep in the earth

ALL:     Shall bow down to the Lord.

L:     All who go down to the dust shall bow before the Lord,

L:     And I shall live for God.

ALL:     (30)     Posterity shall serve the Lord;

L:     Each generation shall tell of the Lord,

L: (31)     And proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn.

ALL:     Surely the Lord has done it.

* SongTake Up Thy Cross Hymnal 415

1. “Take up thy Cross,” the Savior said, “if thou wouldst my disciple be; deny thyself, the world forsake, and humbly follow after me.”

2. Take up thy cross, let not its weight fill thy weak spirit with alarm; his strength shall bear thy spirit up, and brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.

3. Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame, nor let thy foolish pride rebel; thy Lord for thee the cross endured, to save thy soul from death and hell.

4. Take up thy cross and follow Christ, nor think till death to lay it down; for only those who bear the cross may hope to wear the glorious crown.

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

Scripture Reading – Mark 8:31-38

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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

Special MusicYou Are the Christ (Lloyd Larson)                                                          Choir

You said “Come, follow!” and I quickly came;
It seemed so compelling when you called my name.
Now I’ve seen wonders I don’t understand.
Teacher, I know you are more than a man.

Can it be true? Can it be real?
I can’t explain, but before you I kneel:
You are the Christ.
You are the One sent from heaven; you are God’s Son.

I’ve seen the lame walk, the blind gain their sight.
You speak with the power that pierces the night.
I walked on the water when you called to me:
Are you the One I believe you to be?
I know from the steps of faith together we have trod
That you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

* Song – Prayer of Confession Hymnal 891

ALL:     Almighty and most merciful God,

ALL:     We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.

ALL:     We have followed too much

ALL:     The devices and desires of our own hearts.

ALL:     We have offended against thy holy laws.

ALL:     We have left undone

ALL:     Those things which we ought to have done.

ALL:     And we have done

ALL:     Those things which we ought not to have done.

ALL:     Be thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

ALL:     Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults.

ALL:     Restore thou those who are penitent,

ALL:     According to thy promises declared in Christ Jesus our Lord.

ALL:     And grant, O most merciful God, for his sake,

ALL:     That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life;

ALL:     To the glory of thy holy name. Amen.

All pray in silence.

L: If we confess our sins,

L: God is faithful and just

L: And will forgive our sins

L: And cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

ALL:     Thanks be to God.


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.  Fed with your body and quenched by your blood, may your Spirit now fill us to take up our crosses and follow where you lead—to reach as far as the shadow of your cross goes in time and distance and depth to lay down our lives in love for your friends and ours. Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Jesus, Name Above All Names (Nadia Hearn) Choir

Jesus, Name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord
Emmanuel. God is with us, blessed Redeemer, living Word.

Prayer of Dedication –

Savior, you call us to take up our crosses and follow you.
To free our hands, we lay these gifts before you
that our clasp may not be on earthly things but on your cross alone.
To free our hearts to follow you, we release our time and our talents,
that we may focus on the way of following you to a life of sacrificial living in your name. As we give, may our giving as disciples inspire others to come and follow you.  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 our cross-bearing Savior be ever before you/.

People:      May the world see through us how following a Savior
makes a difference in daily life.


* 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 – Con Slancio, Non Presto (Burns)

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