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The 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

Welcome & Preparation for Worship

Holy and loving God,

as we worship you today, 

we long for your Spirit to both comfort and challenge us,

to help us sanctify our days,

to help us become more loving.

In a world that does not understand repentance,

we pray for new understanding, humility, patience, and discipline

that will help us walk out our identity in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

The First Reading (OT)

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

 

The Psalm

Psalm 22:23-31 (NRSV)

You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
    but heard when I cried to him.


From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live forever!


All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.


To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    and I shall live for him.
Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
    saying that he has done it.

 

The New Testament Reading

Romans 4:13-25 (The Message)

That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed. If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it.


This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.


We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”


Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

 

We Are People on a Journey

Verse 1

We are people on a journey,
Follwing where the Master walks
We are people on a journey
In the shadow of the cross
What compels? The face of Jesus.
Who protects? Our faithful guide:
He who treads the road of service,
Christ the Lord, the crucified.


Verse 2

We are people on a journey,
Taking up the cross of Christ.
We are people on a journey,
Moving on from death to life.
We release the sin that tangles.
We relinquish all acclaim.
We receive the suff'ring Savior
He our glory, wealth, and fame.


Verse 3

We are people on a journey
To the table of the Lord.
We are people on a journey,
Fed by water and the Word.
We remember, we remember
How You wash disciples' feet;
We remember on the last night
Gifts of wine and bread to eat.


Verse 4

We are people on a journey,
Rising up in life reborn.
We are people on a journey,
Speaking peace, accepting scorn.
We are walking toward a homeland,
To a myst'ry yet unknown;
To a kingdom coming quickly,
To the light of God's own throne.


CCLI Song # 5814602 | Andrew Donaldson | Barbara Carvill | Gerardo Oberman | Gregg DeMey


© 2008, 2009 CRC Publications / Faith Alive Christian Resources (Admin. by Christian Reformed Church In North America)

 

Every Table Is An Altar

Verse 1
Every table is an altar
Every breath is a gift from You
Every moment is a treasure
Every day is a kiss from You
Every table is an altar
Every breath is a gift from You
Every moment is a treasure
Every day is a kiss from You

Pre-Chorus
So let our hearts
Be awake, be awake
Let our hearts
Be awake, be awake

Chorus
Break the bread, pour the wine
Let our hearts, come alive
In Your presence, in Your presence
Let our fear, fall away
Let our faith, rise today
In Your presence, in Your presence
Jesus, Jesus

Verse 2
Every stranger has a story
Every story's being told by You
We're all children on a journey
Jesus, only You can lead us through

Bridge

We will shout Your name King of glory

We will stand and sing, You are holy!

We will pour out our praise You are worthy

of our lives, now and forever

Written by Jason Upton & Ben Smith

 

Glorify Thy Name

Verse 1

Father, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Verse 2

Jesus, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Verse 3

Spirit, we love You
We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth

CCLI Song # 1383 | Donna Adkins


© 1976, 1981 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 

Prayer for Illumination

Send your Spirit among us, O God,
as we meditate on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Prepare our minds to hear your Word.
Move our hearts to accept what we hear.
Purify our will to obey in joy and faith.
This we pray through Christ, our Savior. Amen

 

The Gospel Reading

Mark 8:31-38 (NRSV)

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”


He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

The Sermon

 
Candles
 

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

O Christ,
out of your fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
You are our eternal hope;
you are patient and full of mercy;
you are generous to all who call upon you.
Save us, Lord.*
O Christ, fountain of life and holiness,
you have taken away our sins.
On the cross you were wounded for our transgressions
and were bruised for our iniquities.
Save us, Lord.*
O Christ, obedient unto death,
source of all comfort,
our life and our resurrection,
our peace and reconciliation:
Save us, Lord.*
O Christ, Savior of all who trust you,
hope of all who die for you,
and joy of all the saints:
Save us, Lord.*
Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.*
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.*
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace. Amen.*

 

Prayers of the People

Prayers During a Pandemic

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.


For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us,

Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We give ourselves,
and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

A Call to Service and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

Sisters and brothers,
let us claim the freedom Christ gives us
by his self-giving on the cross.
May he enable us to serve together
in faith, hope, and love.
Go in peace and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.*


May the God of love, who shared his love,
strengthen us in our love for others.
May the Son who shared his life
grant us grace, that we might share our life.
And may the Holy Spirit dwelling in us
empower us to be only and always for others. Amen.

 

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