Today’s Message (Video), 2/21/2021

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
  • Worship Leader: Lucina Hallagan, Certified Lay Speaker
  • Pianist: Stephanie Mercer
  • Vocalist: Jean Bendix, Soprano
  • Prelude: Deep River, An African American Spiritual
  • Parish Notices and Announcements
  • Passing of the Peace
  • Opening Music – video Down to the Water to Pray – Chancel Choir
  • Call To Worship Lucina Hallagan
    • L: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from the waters …
    • P: to see the heavens splitting open and the Spirit soaring down like a dove.
    • L: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he stood up from the waters and heard:
    • P: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
    • L: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from the waters …
    • P: to walk a new path and to call the world to join him.
    • L: Here comes God’s kingdom. Teach us your path, brother Jesus. Now is the time!*
  • Hymn of Praise: Take My Life, and Let It Be, UMH 399
  • Prayers for the community. Lucina Hallagan
  • Lords Prayer
  • Psalm Reading Psalm 25:1-10. Lucina Hallagan
  • May God add a blessing to the reading, hearing and understanding of scripture, Thanks Be to God
  • Invitation to Our Giving. Lucina Hallagan
  • Our offerings for the work of ministry may be placed in the boxes found at the entrance and exit doors to the sanctuary or visit our website for online giving.
  • Offertory: Holy Ground, Jean Bendix, soprano; Stephanie Mercer, pianist
  • Gospel Lesson Mark 1:9-15. Lucina Hallagan
  • Message: Standing on Holy Ground, Lucina Hallagan*
  • Closing Hymn: Be Thou My Vision, UMH 451*
  • Benediction, Lucina Hallagan
    • L: God continues to tear open the heavens of our world and our lives, calling out with a voice of love:
    • P: “You are my beloved children, whom I love deeply.”
    • L: God continues to tear open the heavens of our world and our lives, sending us onto new paths and missions.
    • P: God changes our hearts and lives, and the Spirit pushes us in new directions.
    • L: “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom!”
    • P: We are Jesus people. We are kingdom people. Now is the time! Amen.* Postlude: Let All Things Now Living
  • Music used with permission under CCLI and CCVI Licensing Agreements.

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