SUNDAY MARCH 10, 2019 – First Sunday in Lent
PRELUDE Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott – Johann Gottfried Walther
A time to reflect and prepare to hear God as altar candles are lit
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
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
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)
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