Sunday February 28, 2021

 Lent Week 2

Call to Worship                     Abingdon
L: From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.
P: Blessed be the Lord, our God.
L: When we try to tell God what to do, Christ chastens us and leads us back onto the paths of life.
P: Let all who draw breath come back to the Lord.
L: From our earliest steps, the Spirit guides our steps and sets before us the ways of life and death.
P: Let the faithful rejoice in the mysteries of our God.
L: From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.
P: Let heaven and earth praise God’s holy name.

Opening Prayer                     Abingdon
Spirit of the ages, name us and claim us according to your purposes, as you once called Abram and Sarai long ago. Train our ears to hear your call and tune our hearts to open at the sound of your voice. As we pick up our cross to follow you, raise us to newness of life. For you call us to be children of your covenant, heirs with your Son, and disciples of your grace. Amen.

Hymn                                     O Master Let Me Walk with Thee                  YouTube

First Reading – 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. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I 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. 15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I 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.”

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Doxology Rick Weinhoffer
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Offertory Prayer                               WSL114
Here, Lord, we put our love into practice. These gifts we offer come from your love for us. Now, let them express our love for you, as they reach out to others with your love for them. Amen.

Hymn                                      Where He Leads Me I Will Follow                 YouTube

Children’s Time                               

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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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Second Reading – Mark 8:31-38
31Then 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. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But 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.” 34He 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. 35For 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. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those 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.”

Message                                  Pastor Mandy Miller

Hymn                                      Lord of the Dance                   YouTube

Benediction                WSL 164
Goforth from this place in peace. Go forth knowing your faith is the assurance of things you hoe fir and the conviction of that which you have yet to see with your eyes. Go down from this mountaintop, setting out like Abraham, not know where God is leading. Leading this service, not yet having received all the promises of God, but seeing them in the distance. Press on in faith. Step back into the everydayness of your life desiring to see God in heaven, not ashamed to be called God’s people. Amen.

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version. All response from Abingdon Worship

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