“the 2nd Sunday of Lent”

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                                                

Call to Worship: (Adapted from Psalms 27)

Leader: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
People: The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Leader: One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: 
People: To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
Leader: O Lord God of our salvation, we worship and adore you,
People: We will sing your praises for ever and ever. Amen!

 

*Hymn         “In the Cross of Christ I Glory ”  PH# 84

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Eternal God, we are quick to join Abram’s doubt and impatience, but we find it difficult to copy Abraham’s faith and trust. We want to believe your promises, but the here-and-now problems of daily life consume our focus and erode our faith. Open our eyes to your light. Open our hearts to your love. Open our minds to your possibilities. Speak to us today, O God, and strengthen our faith, that we, too, may know the everlasting power of your love. Amen. (Please take a moment for silent reflection.)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

 

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-20

New Testament Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Message:

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

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 on 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn:    “Great Is the Lord”           SF# 2022

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                        

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Almighty God, who made us who we are, we offer all of ourselves to You. Take our talents, our energy and our joy, and use us to share Your love. Magnify the gifts we offer before You today, and spread Your peace into your great kingdom. In Christ name we pray. Amen.

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn      Trust and Obey” (Insert)

 

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth “Song of Hope”   PH #432

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                          

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.