February 18, 2024

First Sunday in Lent 




Be Thou My Vision”

Traditional Irish






Opening Music


J.S. Bach


Call to Worship

L: Bring your lives, full of sorrow and joy.

P: Bring yourselves, full of hope and despair.

L: Come in your brokenness, ready for fullness of life.

P: Stay in your weakness, ready to receive strength and the power of God.


Opening Prayer



*Hymn #166

Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days


*Call To Confession


*Prayer Of Confession

Merciful God, you know the worries and the doubts that fill our lives. We are tempted to forget your promises, to rely upon our own strength, and to listen to the destructive voices of power and oppression. Free us from relying on ourselves. Help us to reclaim our spiritual center as rooted in your love. Strengthen our faith and inspire our trust. Shower us with your mercy and grace, that we may embrace the fullness of life and love, through the power of your Holy Spirit and the mercy of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

*Silent Prayer Of Confession


*Assurance Of Pardon


*Gloria Patri


first Lesson

See insert

Genesis 9:8-17


Second  Lesson                                  

          See insert

Mark 1:9-15



God’s Time

Rev. Marie Bacchiocchi




*Affirmation Of Faith

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


*Hymn #833

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go



Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


Pastoral Prayer






The Lord’s Prayer



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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Call To Offering







“Speak, O Lord”











* Prayer of Dedication

Abundant God, receive these gifts of love and use them for the breaking in of your Kingdom of love and light. In the name of Jesus, whose way calls us forth in service, we pray. Amen.

*Hymn #418

Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling









*Choral Amen






William Selby





*Those Who Can, May Stand





Today’s liturgy was adapted from the Abingdon Worship Annual and Worship Ways.