Sunday, February 21, 2021

February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                    John Strawbridge


Choral Introit “Lord, Take Control” (Anon, arr. Moore)

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


Call to Worship

L: This is the season of Lent, a season to remember the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
P: A season to remember that to follow Christ is to take up our crosses and to be servants of all.
L: A season to remember Jesus’ question “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?”
P: A season to ask ourselves how we, like Simon the Cyrene, might help to bear the cross.
L: A season to ask ourselves how we, like Pilate and Caiaphas and the crowd, continue to nail Christ to the tree.
P: A season to ask ourselves how we, like Peter, are afraid and turn away.
L: A season to ask ourselves what we, like the woman with the fine ointment, have to offer.
P: A season to give sacrificially to others.
L: A season to watch and wait with Christ, that we may have courage in the hour of testing.
P: A season to proclaim with Mary Magdalene that Christ is not dead but alive!


Opening Hymn “Are Ye Able”                                                        UMH 530 Vs. 1, 3 & 4

1. “Are ye able,” said the Master,
“To be crucified with me?”
“Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered,
“To the death we follow Thee.”
Lord, we are able. Our spirits are Thine.
Remold them, make us, like Thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance above us shall be
a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.
3. Are ye able when the shadows
Close around you with the sod,
To believe that spirit triumphs,
To commend your soul to God? [Refrain]
4. Are ye able? Still the Master
Whispers down eternity,
And heroic spirits answer,
Now as then in Galilee. [Refrain]


Psalter Reading                                                                               Psalm 25:1-10 NIV

1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
This is the word of God… Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                  TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson                                                                                 Mark 1:12-15 (NIV)

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
The Word of God for the people of God…. Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Repent and Believe”                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “When, Dearest Lord, Shall It Be” (Wesley/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.


Offering Prayer (All)

Living God, you have graced our lives with gifts beyond our imagining – especially the gift of Jesus through whom we experience healing and wholeness. In his name and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we offer these gifts and the service of our lives as our commitment to proclaim “Yes!” as we glorify you in all we do and say. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


Closing Hymn Spirit Song                                                             UMH 347

1. Oh, let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love;
Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
Oh, let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit, like a dove,
Will descend upon your life and make you whole
Refrain: Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs

2. Oh, come and sing the song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name
Oh, give him all your tears and sadness, give him all your years of pain,
And you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name



L: As Christians we are never promised that we won’t be troubled or tested, but that we shall not be overcome. Therefore go out from this time of worship cheerfully and boldly, for the God of Christ is on your side and nothing can ultimately defeat those who are surrounded by such an overwhelming love.
P: It is Christ’s grace that is saving us, not our achievements. By faith we accept this grace of God and go on our way with thanksgiving.


Choral Benediction “Steal Away” (Spiritual, arr. Moore)

Steal away to Jesus;
Steal away; I ain’t got time to stay here.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


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