Worship Guide - Second Sunday in Lent

Worship Guide

March 13, 2022

Second Sunday in Lent

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

 

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” Michael

 

Centering Words:

 

The Holy One is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   The Holy One calls us to trust and pray.

People:  God is our light and salvation, the stronghold of our lives.

Leader:   The Holy One calls us to take courage, as we travel the path with Jesus.

People:  Teach us your ways, O God, and lead us on our journeys.

Leader:   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

People:  Behold the beauty of the Holy One, and bless God’s holy name.

Leader:   Let us pray.

 

ALL: Lifegiving lover of all nations, you promised Abraham and Sarah that their descendants would be more plentiful than all the stars in the night sky. You made a covenant to guide them throughout the ages. Just as you guided our ancestors in faith, guide us here today, and teach us your ways. Help us remember the ancient stories, even as we place our trust in you and exalt your name. Bless us as we follow the path that leads us to the cross with   Jesus. Amen.

 

Hymn: I Am Thine, O Lord”

 

I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice,

and it told thy love to me;

but I long to rise in the arms of faith

and be closer drawn to thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.

 

Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord,

by the power of grace divine;

let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

and my will be lost in thine.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.

 

 

O the pure delight of a single hour

that before thy throne I spend,

when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God

I commune as friend with friend!

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.

 

There are depths of love that I cannot know

till I cross the narrow sea;

there are heights of joy that I may not reach

till I rest in peace with Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to the cross where thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

to thy precious, bleeding side.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

Hear the good news: The Holy One forgives and guides us, conforming us into the very image of Christ.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.

 

*Old Testament Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

 

1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4 But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5 He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

 

7 Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 8 But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9 He said to him, “Bring me a  heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

 

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

 

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates...

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Children’s Message: “Trust in Him!”

 

Hymn: Lord of the Dance”

 

I danced in the morning

when the world was begun,

and I danced in the moon

and the stars and the sun,

and I came down from heaven

and I danced on the earth,

At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

 

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,

but they would not dance

and they would not follow me;

I danced for the fishermen,

for James and John;

they came to me and the dance went on.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

I danced on the sabbath

when I cured the lame,

the holy people said it was a shame;

they whipped and they stripped

and they hung me high;

and they left me there on a cross to die.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

I danced on a Friday and the sky turned black;

it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back;

they buried my body

and they thought I’d gone,

but I am the dance and I still go on.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

They cut me down and I leapt up high,

I am the life that’ll never, never die;

I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;

I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,

And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

 

Sermon: “Under the Wings” Luke 13:31-35

 

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33 Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “Lead on, O King Eternal”

 

Lead on, O King eternal,

the day of march has come;

henceforth in fields of conquest

thy tents shall be our home.

Through days of preparation

thy grace has made us strong;

and now, O King eternal,

we lift our battle song.

 

Lead on, O King eternal,

till sin’s fierce war shall cease,

and holiness shall whisper

the sweet amen of peace.

For not with swords’ loud clashing,

nor roll of stirring drums;

with deeds of love and mercy

the heavenly kingdom comes.

 

Lead on, O King eternal,

we follow, not with fears,

for gladness breaks like morning

where’er Thy face appears.

Thy cross is lifted over us,

we journey in its light;

the crown awaits the conquest;

lead on, O God of might.

 

Psalter: The Apostles Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe 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 to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

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

 

Prayers of the People   Joys and concerns:        

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

ye soldiers of the cross;

lift high his royal banner,

it must not suffer loss.

From vict’ry unto vict’ry,

his army shall he lead,

till every foe is vanquished,

and Christ is Lord indeed.

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

the trumpet call obey;

forth to the mighty conflict,

in this his glorious day.

Ye that are brave now serve him

against unnumbered foes;

let courage rise with danger,

and strength to strength oppose.

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

the strife will not be long;

this day the noise of battle,

the next the victor’s song.

To those who vanquish evil,

a crown of life shall be;

they with the King of Glory

shall reign eternally.

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 

 
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