Saturday, March 10, 2019

First Sunday Of Lent

Organ Prelude – Pulver quoniam es (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord (Mendelssohn)

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.
He never will suffer the righteous to fall. He is at thy right hand.

*Call to Worship

L: Jesus began his ministry to the world, led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
P: As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit,
even into the uncomfortable places.

L: In those forty days, and in that place, Jesus was faced with hunger, doubt and temptation.
P: As we seek to follow Jesus, we would be led, even into the uncomfortable choices.
L: Jesus left the wilderness, faithful and obedient to God,
rejoicing in the One in whom he trusted.
P: As we continue on our path to faithfulness, we will be led by our Christ,
rejoicing in the Lord our God.

* Opening Hymn – Come and Find the Quiet Center (Shirley Erena Murray)                      TFWS 2128

1. Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see,
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.

2. Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.

3. In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, the temptations of the world loom large before us. We are enticed, cajoled, and
“sweet-talked” into moving from lives of service to lives of self-centeredness. We need your
healing love. As you resisted the temptations in the wilderness, help us to place our trust in
you, that we may be strong in our faith and confident in our service to you through serving
others. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem – When, Dear Lord, When Shall It Be? (Jane Marshall)

When, dearest Lord, when shall it be. That I shall find my all in Thee; The fullness of Thy promise prove, The seal of Thy eternal love. Ah! wherefore did I ever doubt? Thou wilt in no wise cast me out, A helpless soul that comes to Thee With only sin and misery. Lord, I am sick: my sickness cure; I want: do thou enrich the poor; Under Thy mighty hand I stoop, O lift the abject sinner up. Lord, I am blind: be Thou my sight; Lord, I am weak: be Thou my might; A helper of the helpless be, And let me find my all in Thee. (Charles Wesley)

Psaltar Reading – Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16   Carol Curtis, Liturgist
You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.

Call to Confession (Leader) Carol Curtis, Liturgist

Too many times, what is found on our lips are words of hurt and anger. Too often, what is found in our hearts is bitterness and fear. And so we end up testing God with our foolish lives, rather than trusting God to lead us in the way we long to go. Let us bring our words of confession, as well as our brokenness, to the One who hears us and makes us whole. Please join me as we pray together, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession (All)

God of our ancestors, we confess that we can become so obsessed with all that is new, we ignore the past which is filled with wisdom. We prefer to wander down streets to all the places we know so well, yet are reluctant to be led by your Spirit into unfamiliar neighborhoods. We sometimes are in such a hurry to get our heart’s desires, that we stumble past the grace you are longing to give us. Hear our hearts and see our brokenness, God of our days, and forgive us. May we grow in our trust of you, rather than continuing to test you. Gather us up and bring us into the presence of Jesus Christ, our Servant, our Savior, that we might follow him to Jerusalem, and beyond – into that place of hope and peace you are giving to us.

Assurance of Pardon

L: This is our good news: hearing our prayers and our silence, God forgives us!
God is giving to us a marvelous inheritance – hope and grace, peace and joy.
P: On our lips are cries of gratitude, in our hearts is the trust in the One who loves us.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Amen.

* Hymn of Preparation – I Surrender All (Vs. 1, 2, & 4)   UMH 354

1. All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

4. All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee; fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, (I surrender all), I surrender all, (I surrender all), all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’”

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’

and

‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Sermon – “Travel the Journey With Jesus”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – De Profundis (Mozart)

From the depths I have cried out to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If you, Lord, were to mark iniquities, who, O Lord, shall stand? But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. I trust in the Lord; My soul trusts in his word. My soul waits for the Lord, More than watchmen wait for the dawn, let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

* Presentation of Offering Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Jesus’ witness to the power of your Spirit,
guiding and strengthening him in times of testing. We offer these gifts and the service of
our lives as tangible signs of our thanksgiving. As we embark on our Lenten journey, guide
and strengthen us with the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus wherever he leads us. This we pray in
Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Closing Hymn – My Hope Is Built UMH 368

1. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found! Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne! On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.

* Benediction

L: Now let us go from this place of haven
God has given to us.
P: Led by the Spirit, we will go to be with those
who are filled with fears, with hopes.
L: Now let us go from the refuge of the Table
where we have tasted the first fruits of grace.
P: Led by the Spirit, we will go to feed
those who hunger for companionship and life.
L: Now let us go into the world, living out God’s reality
that there is no distinction between people.
P: Led by the Spirit, let us go to serve
our sisters and brothers who are our true family.

* Choral Response – I Want Jesus To Walk With Me (Trad, arr. Moore)

I want Jesus to walk with me. Along along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude – Vexilla Regis (Jackson)

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