Worship Bulletin for March 1, 2020

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020

First Sun­day in Lent

GREETING

PRELUDE Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” (Theme-Var I‑Var II) — Healey Willan

CHORAL INTROIT

O Lord Through­out These Forty Days by David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Hap­py are the peo­ple whose sins are for­giv­en!

Many: God’s for­give­ness is poured on them as a heal­ing balm.

One: Hap­py are the peo­ple who place their trust in God.

Many: God’s pres­ence is their guide and their strength.

One: Come, let us wor­ship the God who for­gives and heals us.

Many: Let us cel­e­brate God’s pres­ence with us each day!

OPENING PRAYER

Holy and blessed God, we praise your holy name and give thanks for your abun­dant grace and mer­cy.  As we enter this sea­son of Lent, we desire to cen­ter our­selves in the full­ness of this moment.  We are embark­ing upon a famil­iar jour­ney, and yet it is unchar­tered ter­ri­to­ry.  Free us from the chains of litur­gi­cal rou­tine.  Awak­en us to a deep­er expe­ri­ence.  Draw us beyond super­fi­cial repen­tance; draw us home to our truest selves, to the beloved com­mu­ni­ty and to you.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

HYMN # 64 Holy, Holy, Holy

CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30 am) Sara Bai­ley

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Stay with Me (Taize)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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 that tres­pass against us. And lead us not into temp­ta­tion, but deliv­er us from evil. For thine is the king­dom, the pow­er, and the glo­ry, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHORAL ANTHEM

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked arr. by Don Marsh

OFFERING Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” (Var III-Var IV) — Healey Willan

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

HYMN # 398 (vers­es 1,3 and 5) Jesus Calls Us

WRITTEN WORD

Psalm 32:5–7

Then I acknowl­edged my sin to you and did not cov­er up my iniq­ui­ty. I said, “I will con­fess my trans­gres­sions to the Lord.” And you for­gave the guilt of my sin. There­fore let all the faith­ful pray to you while you may be found; sure­ly the ris­ing of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hid­ing place; you will pro­tect me from trou­ble and sur­round me with songs of deliv­er­ance.

Matthew 4:1–11

Then Jesus was led by the Spir­it into the wilder­ness to be tempt­ed by the dev­il. After fast­ing forty days and forty nights, he was hun­gry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is writ­ten: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the dev­il took him to the holy city and had him stand on the high­est point of the tem­ple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw your­self down. For it is writ­ten: “‘He will com­mand his angels con­cern­ing you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also writ­ten: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the dev­il took him to a very high moun­tain and showed him all the king­doms of the world and their splen­dor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and wor­ship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is writ­ten: ‘Wor­ship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the dev­il left him, and angels came and attend­ed him.

QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND LIFE

• Do you feel for­giv­en for past sins?  What changes in your faith are required for this to be true for you?

• What changes in your spir­i­tu­al life would you like to see this Lent?

• What sep­a­rates you right now from God’s best for your life?

• Have you been tempt­ed to accept less than God’s best for you?

• Is there some­thing in your life for which more of God’s grace is need­ed to change that thing?

• Would you like more CAPAX DEI (capac­i­ty for God)? What must you do to coop­er­ate with that process?

• How impor­tant is God’s Word in your life cur­rent­ly? How can that change?

MESSAGE Change — Dis­cov­er­ing God’s Best Plan 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you for lov­ing me in spite of me and for always for­giv­ing me when I tru­ly repent of my sin.  Empow­er me by your Spir­it to do the same for oth­ers.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

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.

BLESSING AND SENDING

POSTLUDE Par­ti­ta on “St Fla­vian” (Var V) — Healey Willan