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First Sunday of Lent--February 21,2020
First Sunday in Lent
February 21, 2021
(UberConference call 234-204-0311)


[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call. Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone. Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]



Minute for Mission

Call to Worship

One: We have entered the season of Lent, a time to examine our hearts and our lives
All: and journey with Christ through the suffering of the world.
One: Let us lift up our souls to our merciful God
All: and humble ourselves in God’s service.
One: God has marked us as beloved dust
All: and called us together to worship.

Opening Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. AMEN

Opening Hymn                                                          God of Grace and God of Glory

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

God who meets us where we are—there is nowhere we can go that you are not. You were with Jesus at his baptism. You were with him in the wilderness, and even in between, you were there, saying aloud, “This is my beloved.” We know that you are with us too—in the good, the bad, and everything in between—but so often we act like we are alone. Instead of coming to you with our hurt, we hold it in or cast it onto others. Instead of coming to you with our joy, we credit ourselves and offer you nothing. Forgive our self-centered ways. Remind us that in every breath, in every step, you are there. You are the God who meets us where we are. Before and behind, above and below, within and around.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace.

Prayer for Illumination

Hebrew Scripture Genesis 9:8-17

Special Music                                                    There is a Redeemer Covenant Choir

Gospel Lesson Mark 1:9–15

Message                                                               Again and Again, God Meets Us

Hymn of Response                                         Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days

Affirmation of Faith                                       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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand Of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn                                                    O Jesus, I Have Promised