Second Sunday of Lent  Sunday, February 28, 2021

 

 

Preservice Song:  Love Like This Jason Ingram, Lauren Daigle and Paul Mabury
© CentricSongs, See You at the Pub, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, So Essential Tunes CCLI#1933981

When I am a wasteland

You are the water

When I am the winter

You are the fire that burns

 

When I am a long night
You are the sunrise

When I am a desert

You are the river

That turns to find me

 

What have I done to deserve love like this

What have I done to deserve love like this

 

Your voice like a whisper

Breaking the silence

You say there’s a treasure

You look ‘til You find it

You search to find me

 

What have I done to deserve love like this

What have I done to deserve love like this

I cannot earn what You so freely give

What have I done to deserve love like this

 

Halle – lu – jah

Halle – lu - jah

Halle – lu - jah

Halle – lu - jah

 

What have I done to deserve love like this

What have I done to deserve love like this

I cannot earn what You so freely give

What have I done to deserve love like this

 

Welcome and Announcements:

*Welcome to all our worshipers, in person, Car Church and Livestream viewers. We are glad to have you all with us!

*We are moving a few Sunday School classrooms – Pastor in Fellowship hall, Dennis is in the 4-way room…. Starting these adult classes at 9:15ish.

*PPC today following late service.

*We are planning to print fewer bulletins but will offer prayers sheets with important announcements. Please take one and pray for your sisters and brothers.

*Lastly, can we pray for you? Call Church office with all Prayer requests and updates.

 

Invocation: We begin our service in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Prayers for our people:

 

Opening Song:    Beautiful Savior LSB 537 v. 1,3,4

Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, Truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

 

Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

 

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Text: Public domain

 

Opening Prayer said by all:

You have led me here today to worship and thank You.  I want to know Your Son’s forgiveness and love.  Enable me to be uplifted and filled with holy joy.   Let your Spirit lead my spirit to honor You as my Lord, my God and my Savior.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 

The Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by The Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into Hell.  On the third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into Heaven and sits at The Right Hand of God The Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to Judge the living and the dead.  I believe in The Holy Spirit, The Holy Christian Church, The Communion of Saints, The Forgiveness of sins, The Resurrection of the body, and The Life Everlasting. Amen.

 

Song of Confession: Lamb of God by Twila Paris LSB# 550 v 1, 2

Your only Son no sin to hide, But You have sent Him from Your side

To walk upon this guilty sod and to become the Lamb of God

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!

O wash me in His precious blood, My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

 

Your gift of love, they crucified. They laughed and scorned Him as He died

The humble King they named a fraud, and sacrificed the Lamb of God

O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!

O wash me in His precious blood, My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

 

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Confession: If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself and the truth is not in me.  If I confess my sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness.  If I claim I have not sinned, I make God out to be a liar and His Word is not in me.  Oh Lord, I have broken Your Commandments and against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.  Have mercy on me through Christ, Your Son, Who died for me.

 

Absolution:

P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called servant of The Word, announce The Grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, forgive all your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Scripture Readings:

First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

 

Second Reading:  Romans 5:1-8

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Kid’s Korner with Vicar Jim:

 

Sermon Text: Mark 8:31-38

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

 

Sermon: Christ’s question “Who do you say I am?” Leads to “Do you want to follow Me?

 

Sermon Song: Come Thou Fount LSB 686 v. 1,3

 

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me ever to adore Thee;
May I still Thy goodness prove.

 

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

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Prayers: Said by all.

Dear Father in Heaven,

You have called me to belong to You and Follow Your Son, Jesus.  In Him there is grace, forgiveness and eternal life.  But following Your Son is hard.  It does not come naturally to me, a sinner.   Jesus says to me and all who would follow Him, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me and for The Gospel will save it.”  Lord, denying myself, giving up my sinful desires and earthly way of thinking is a battle every day.  Please have mercy upon me. By Your Word and Spirit change me.  Teach me to desire that which is holy and right before You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 

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 and ever. Amen.

 

The Benediction:

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His Peace. Both now and forever more. Amen.

 

Closing Song: In Christ Alone Stuart Townsend. Keith Getty

©2001 Thankyou Music, CCLI # 1933981

In Christ alone,

my hope is found.

He is my light,

my strength,

my song.

This cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

 

What heights of love,

what depths of peace,

when fears are stilled,

when strivings cease.

My Comforter,

my All in All.

Here in the

love of Christ

I stand.

 

In Christ alone

Who took on flesh

Fullness of God 

In helpless babe!

This gift of love 

And righteousness

Scorned by the ones

He came to save

 

Till on that cross

As Jesus died

The wrath of God

Was satisfied

For every sin

on Him was laid

Here in the death

Of Christ I live.

 

No guilt in life,

no fear in death.

This is the power

of Christ

in me.

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands

my des-tiny.

 

No power of hell,

no scheme of man,

can ever pluck

me from His hand.

‘Til He returns

or calls me home,

here in the power

of Christ

I’ll stand.

 

‘Til He returns

or calls me home,

here in the power

of Christ

I’ll stand.

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