Here is the bulletin for Sunday 2/18. Thanks to Dan Borchers, guest minister, for leading worship on this First Sunday in Lent while the Hollisters are away.
Worship is at 10:00 a.m.
PRELUDE “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” (arr. John Behnke)
*CALL TO WORSHIP
One: After he was baptized by John, Jesus went by himself to the
wilderness where he was tempted.
All: Forty days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to become
relevant, spectacular, and powerful.
Today, we begin a journey with Jesus through the season of Lent,
which brings us to face some of our own weaknesses and
Let us worship God and walk the journey together, seeking the
Spirit as our guide and companion along the way.
*HYMN # 193 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”
*CALL TO CONFESSION
One: We who are quick to identify wrongdoing in others are called to
confess our own sin. We who are swayed by outward appearances
are challenged to look into our own hearts. We who stumble in self-
created shadows are invited into the light that reveals, in order to be
restored to wholeness.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
O God of justice, we have wandered from the path you set for us.
We have pursued our own ideas as if they were superior to your
truth. We live with secrets which we fear to be known. We are
afraid to face evil, to confront those we label enemies, to deal with
issues of life and death. We have been rigid and legalistic. We
have blamed others for our own failures. Turn us around so we
can accept your forgiveness, live more positively in the future,
and truly rejoice in your good news. Amen.
*WORDS OF ASSURANCE
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
May the peace of God be with you. And also with you.
TIME WITH CHILDREN
(Children through 8th grade may go to their classes at this time.)
RESPONSIVE PSALTER READING Psalm 25
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways,
O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my
for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they
have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me, for your
goodness’ sake, O LORD!
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
ANTHEM “I Lift Up my Soul” (Ps25) (Stephen DeCesare)
PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERINGS
Offertory: “Durch Adams Fall Ist Ganz Verderbt” (F.W. Zachau)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below:
Praise God above, you heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son & Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
*HYMN # 581 “Lead Us from Death to Life”
SCRIPTURE READINGS Mark 1:9-15
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized
by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water,
he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on
him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out
into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by
Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the
good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom
of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
SERMON “From Wilderness to City” The Rev. Dan Borchers
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN # 613 “O Holy City, Seen of John”
*POSTLUDE “Rondo” (John Bull)