Worship Bulletin for March 10, 2019

SUNDAY MARCH 10, 2019 — First Sun­day in Lent

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Johann Got­tfried Walther      

A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God as altar can­dles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT  

O Lord Through­out These Forty Days by David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP

L:  Long ago, God res­cued God’s peo­ple from slav­ery.
P:  We are enslaved today, in many dif­fer­ent ways.L:  God can and will res­cue us. Place your trust in God’s love.
P:  Our hope is in the Lord who is our refuge and our strength.L:  Even though temp­ta­tions sur­round us, draw­ing us away
     from God,
P:  We will con­tin­ue to fol­low God and trust in God’s ways. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE(9:30 am)

HYMN OF PRAISE #110 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

COMMON PRAYER

Lord, the temp­ta­tions of the world loom large before us. We are enticed, cajoled, and “sweet-talked” into mov­ing from lives of ser­vice to lives of self-cen­tered­ness. We need your heal­ing love. As you resist­ed the temp­ta­tions in the wilder­ness, help us to place our trust in you, that we may be strong in our faith and con­fi­dent in our ser­vice to you through serv­ing oth­ers. Amen.

AFFIRMING NEW LAY SERVANTS

Joanne Hag­n­er, Blessed Sikhosan­na Bird, Bernard Bird,
Sara Bai­ley, Mar­shall Bai­ley

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #488 Jesus Remem­ber Me

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM Ten Thou­sand Angels

by Ray Over­holt, arr. by Tom Fet­tke

Susan Stag­nit­ta and Sharon Hart­man, soloists

OFFERTORY Wenn wir in höch­sten Nöten sein BWV 668 — J S Bach

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2108 O How He Loves You and Me

O how he loves you and me. He gave his life what more could he give? O How he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me! Jesus to Cal­vary did go his love for us he did show. What he did there brought hope from despair. O How he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me.

WRITTEN WORD Luke 4. 1–13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spir­it, returned from the Jor­dan and was led by the Spir­it in the desert, where for forty days he was tempt­ed by the dev­il. He ate noth­ing dur­ing those days, and at the end of them he was hun­gry. The dev­il said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is writ­ten: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’” The dev­il led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the king­doms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their author­i­ty and splen­dor, for it has been giv­en to me, and I can give it to any­one I want to. So if you wor­ship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is writ­ten: ‘Wor­ship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” The dev­il led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the high­est point of the tem­ple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw your­self down from here. For it is writ­ten: “’He will com­mand his angels con­cern­ing you to guard you care­ful­ly; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the dev­il had fin­ished all this tempt­ing, he left him until an oppor­tune time. — NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

All:    Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

• If the dev­il had three shots at you, what three temp­ta­tions
    would he use?

• What does it impact you to hear that all author­i­ty and
    splen­dor of the king­doms of the world has been giv­en to Satan?

• What temp­ta­tions have you been suc­cess­ful in resist­ing?

• What temp­ta­tions have you over­come and no longer face? 

• What has helped you to resist?

TEACHING Fac­ing Great Temp­ta­tion

HYMN #2112 Jesus Walked This Lone­some Val­ley

RESPONSE TO THE WORDL: When we are tempt­ed to think of our imme­di­ate needs and turn our back on oth­ers, Jesus draws us back to real­i­ty.
P: All we tru­ly need is you, O Christ.
Choir: singing “All I Need Is You” verse 1

L: When we think that wealth, pow­er, sta­tus are the answers to life’s dilem­mas, God draws us back to real­i­ty.
P: All we tru­ly need is you, O Lord.

Choir: singing “All I Need Is You” verse 2

L: When we want to real­ly find out if God means what God says, we are tempt­ed to cre­ate lit­tle tests of faith­ful­ness, and God brings us back to real­i­ty.
P: All we tru­ly need is you, O God.

Choir singing “All I Need Is You” verse 3

P: In a world that val­ues gam­bling, risk­ing, tak­ing dares, Lord, we come to this time of temp­ta­tion. We con­fess that we are often enticed to take short cuts and risk for the rewards offered if you win. For­give us when we hunger for the wealth and pow­er the world dan­gles before us. Move us from greed to grat­i­tude for your bless­ings. Heal our wound­ed spir­its and lives, so that we may ful­ly serve you and claim the abun­dant life you promised us who fol­low you. Pre­pare us for this jour­ney of dis­ci­ple­ship and heal­ing. In Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.

CLOSING HYMN #512 Stand By Me (vers­es 1, 2, 3, 5)

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE O Men­sch, bewein dein Sünde groß — Johann Pachel­bel