February 28, 2021

The Second Sunday in Lent

10:20AM





Gathering


Welcome, Announcements




Prelude



Call to Worship

L: Welcome this day to the second step on our Lenten Journey.

P: We come with great hope and expectation as we walk the way of Christ.

L: Today’s journey will demand much of us.

P: Lord, make us ready to offer ourselves to you.

L: Come, let us begin again the wondrous excursion.

P: Let us place our lives in God’s abiding love.


Hymn #49

The God of Abraham Praise


The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above,

The Ancient of Eternal Days, the God of love!

The Lord, the great I Am, by earth and heaven confessed,

We bow before your holy name, forever blest.


Your spirit still flows free, high surging where it will.

In prophet’s word you spoke of old and you speak still.

Established is your law, and changeless it shall stand,

Deep writ upon the human heart by your strong hand.


You have eternal life implanted in the soul.

Your love shall be our strength and stay, while ages roll.

We praise you, living God! We praise your holy name.

The first, the last, beyond all thought, and still the same!


Opening Prayer

God of Abraham our father, God of Sarah our mother, we remember with gratitude your covenant that undergirds our lives with certainty and gives us peace. Be our guide on our Lenten journey. Help us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. We welcome your direction in our lives. Amen.


Call To Confession


Prayer Of Confession


Guiding God, even though we hesitated to begin our Lenten journey; we vowed to come with you through all the trials and fears toward the Cross. Today we face the challenge which true commitment brings. Are we willing to offer our whole selves to you in service? We would like to think that we can do that, but we are aware of how many times we have turned away from service and instead focused on our own desires. Remind us again of the commitment you would have us give if we are to become disciples. Forgive our stubbornness and fears. Lead us forward, gracious God, toward the Cross. Amen.


Assurance of Pardon

The journey of discipleship is never easy; but God journeys with us every step of the way.

Place your trust in Jesus and know that God loves and forgives you always. Thanks be to God.


Hearing


Prayer For Illumination



Scripture

Genesis 17:1-7,15-16


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.


Mark 8:31-38


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.”



Meditation

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Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi








Responding





Hymn #816

If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee


If thou but trust in God to guide thee, with hopeful heart through all thy ways.

God will give strength, whate’er betide thee, to bear thee through the evil days.

Who trusts in God’s unchanging love builds on the rock that naught can move.


Only be still, and wait God’s leisure in cheerful hope, with heart content.

To take whate’er thy Keeper’s pleasure and all discerning love hath sent.

No doubt our inmost wants are clear to One who holds us always dear.


Sing, pray, and swerve not from God’s ways, but do thine own part faithfully.

Trust the rich promises of grace; so, shall they be fulfilled in thee.

God never yet forsook at need the soul secured by trust indeed.


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.







Offertory





Unison Prayer of Dedication

All honor and glory to you, O God, your mercy knows no limit, and your love knows no depth. You hold out your hand and the afflicted are healed, and the poor are fed. Your benevolence is steadfast, and your promise is sure from generation to generation. This day bless our gifts and or lives. Amen.







Hymn #819

Be Still, My Soul


Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide, who through all changes faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.



Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake to guide the future surely as the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know his voice who ruled them while he dwelt

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Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on when we shall be forever with the Lord.

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past all safe and blessed, we shall meet at last.


Benediction

Discipleship requires commitment and faith. Go now in peace, bringing the good news of Jesus’ love to all people. Do not be afraid. God is with you. Amen.


Postlude


Today’s liturgy is adapted from Ministry Matters.