Tower Weekly

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Tower Weekly
February 18, 2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024



FEBRUARY 18, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introït “Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord” Mendelssohn

Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.

He never will suffer the righteous to fall; He is thy right hand.

† Call to Worship

Lenten travelers, In moments of feeling enveloped by God’s love, affirmed in the Lord’s calling, and embraced by the Lord’s grace…

God draws near.

In times of desertion, loneliness, hunger, and thirst for comfort or encouragement, amidst troubles and uncertainties like shifting sands…

God draws near.

When we are empowered to act, inspired to proclaim, and energized to live as bearers of the good news of God’s Kingdom…

God draws near.

In every season of our lives, God remains close, never forsaking us.

We gather, seeking proximity to God, whose unwavering love is ever near, no matter where our journey leads.

† Opening Hymn “Wade in the Water” TFWS 2107

Old Testament Lesson Genesis 9:8-17 NRSV

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

† Psalter Psalm 25:1-10 UMH 757 (Response 2)

Response: Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness; make thy way plain before my face.

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.

Let none that wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are clothed with treachery.

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Response: Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness; make thy way plain before my face.

Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness, O LORD!

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore the Lord instructs sinners in the way. And leads the humble in what is right, and teaches them their way.

All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep the Lord’s covenant and testimonies.

Response: Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness; make thy way plain before my face.

Passing of the Peace

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.

And anytime that I don’t know what to do.

I will cast all my cares upon You.

A Reading from the Apostle St. Peter 1 Peter 3:18-22 NRSV

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

The Gospel of our Lord. Praise be to you, O Christ.

Sermon Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

Invitation to Offering

Offertory “You Are the Christ” Larson

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.

Offering Prayer

Holy God, As we present our tithes and offerings to You, we acknowledge the wilderness journey of Lent. Help us heed Jesus’ call to repentance! Bless these gifts for your kingdom’s work. May we remember the cost of our redemption as we worship, knowing Jesus’ sacrifice. We cannot earn this forgiveness; we can only reflect such grace in our interactions. In Christ’s name, Amen.

† Closing Hymn “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” UMH 521

† Benediction

Beloved, God draws near and proclaims the good news in every corner of our lives. Now, go forth in the blessed company of the Triune God, and discover the unfolding of this good news wherever you journey! Amen.

† Choral Benediction “I will Arise and Go to Jesus” Southern folk melody

I will arise and go to Jesus;

He will embrace me in His arms.

In the arms of my dear Savior

O, there are ten thousand charms.

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

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