Worship Bulletin for March 8, 2020


Sec­ond Sun­day in Lent


PRELUDE Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir P 35 by Johann Pachel­bel

CHORAL INTROIT O Lord Through­out These Forty Days by David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP Writ­ten by Car­ol Pen­ner, on Lead­ing in Wor­ship                                                        

Leader: We need your pres­ence on the long road, Lord.

Peo­ple: The road between fear and hope,

Leader: the road between the place where all is lost and the place of res­ur­rec­tion.

Peo­ple: Like the dis­ci­ples walk­ing the road to Emmaus, we are in need of your com­pa­ny!

Leader: Jesus, stand among us, in your risen pow­er, let this time of wor­ship, be a hal­lowed hour.


Elu­sive God, com­pan­ion on the way, you walk behind, beside, beyond; you catch us unawares. Break through the dis­il­lu­sion­ment and despair cloud­ing our vision, that, with wide-eyed won­der, we may find our way and jour­ney on as mes­sen­gers of your good news. Amen.

HYMN # 92 For the Beau­ty of the Earth


CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Stay With me (Taize)



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 To God Be the Glo­ry Choral Set­ting by Joel Raney

OFFERING Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir op 67/3 by Max Reger



HYMN # 2162 Grace Alone


1 Samuel 3:1–10 The boy Samuel min­is­tered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becom­ing so weak that he could bare­ly see, was lying down in his usu­al place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli real­ized that the Lord was call­ing the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your ser­vant is lis­ten­ing.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, call­ing as at the oth­er times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your ser­vant is lis­ten­ing.”

Acts 2:36–47 “There­fore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you cru­ci­fied, both Lord and Mes­si­ah.” When the peo­ple heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the oth­er apos­tles, “Broth­ers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be bap­tized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the for­give­ness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spir­it. The promise is for you and your chil­dren and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many oth­er words he warned them; and he plead­ed with them, “Save your­selves from this cor­rupt gen­er­a­tion.” Those who accept­ed his mes­sage were bap­tized, and about three thou­sand were added to their num­ber that day. They devot­ed them­selves to the apos­tles’ teach­ing and to fel­low­ship, to the break­ing of bread and to prayer. Every­one was filled with awe at the many won­ders and signs per­formed by the apos­tles. All the believ­ers were togeth­er and had every­thing in com­mon. They sold prop­er­ty and pos­ses­sions to give to any­one who had need. Every day they con­tin­ued to meet togeth­er in the tem­ple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate togeth­er with glad and sin­cere hearts, prais­ing God and enjoy­ing the favor of all the peo­ple. And the Lord added to their num­ber dai­ly those who were being saved.

MESSAGE Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

HYMN: # 400 Come Thou Fount of Every Bless­ing



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 Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 1099 by J S Bach