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Tower Weekly
February 25, 2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR B

FEBRUARY 25, 2024

11:00 A.M.

* Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introït “Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord” Medelssohn

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

Lent beckons us to embark on a journey, each day, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus,

Guided by His lead, unwavering and sure.

Lent beckons us to venture forth: To the sacred ground where God forges covenants,

Where we embrace the new names bestowed upon us.

Lent summons us to gather in worship, to share the timeless tale with generations to come,

Spreading the gospel of hope to all corners.

Lent calls us to embody justice, to be bearers of God’s light in a world in need,

Bringing peace and hope to every soul.

Lent summons us to live faithfully, placing our trust in the Giver of Life,

Each of us shouldering our cross, confident in the One who carries it alongside.

Lent beckons us to journey with God, let us, therefore, worship the One who journeys with us,

Today and every day, in steadfast companionship.

*Opening Hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” UMH 519

Old Testament Lesson Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 NRSV

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

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

Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, you call us to deny ourselves, yet we often place our trust in our own deeds, preferring our efforts over your boundless grace. You call each of us to bear our cross, yet we hesitate to let go of our selfish desires, clutching onto familiarity instead of surrendering to your transformative power. You call us to walk in your footsteps, yet we shrink back in fear of the unknown, resisting the change that true faith demands in our lives. In this solemn moment of silence, we acknowledge the sin that erects barriers, separating us from one another and from your divine presence.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination)

Assurance of Pardon

But hear, O people of God, the comforting words: The covenant of the Almighty is unwavering, even in our moments of weakness and failure. Through the ever-present Holy Spirit, God bestows upon us the precious gift of faith, and in this faith, we find righteousness. So, embrace the good news with hearts renewed: You are liberated to live as cherished children of God.

Amen. Thanks be to God!

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.

*Gospel Lesson Mark 8:31-38 NRSV

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.”

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

Sermon Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

Invitation to Offering

Offertory “O Lord, This is My Desire” Kevin Mayhew

O Lord, this is my desire:

To walk along the path of life

That You have appointed for me,

In steadfastness of faith, in lowliness of heart,

In gentleness of love.

Let not the cares and duties of this life

Press upon me too heavily, but lighten my burden,

That I may follow Your way in quietness,

Filled with thankfulness for Your mercy.

Offering Prayer

Gracious God, as we offer our gifts today, may they be a symbol of our commitment to your work. Bless these offerings, that they may bring hope and healing to those in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

*Closing Hymn “We Shall Overcome” UMH 533

*Benediction

May the God of grace, who calls us to journey with courage and faith, guide your steps throughout this week. May the light of Christ illuminate your path, leading you to places of peace, hope, and transformation. As you walk in the footsteps of Jesus, may His love inspire you to extend compassion and mercy to all you meet. And may the Holy Spirit empower you to embrace the challenges of discipleship with resilience and grace. Go forth in the assurance of God’s presence and blessing. 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

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

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