Order of Worship for Sunday, February 25, 2018

Posted February 23rd, 2018

Gathering Music

“I Love to Tell the Story” (verses 1 and 3)    #398

“God Sent His Son”    #345

“Jesus, Thou Mighty Lord”    (all verses)    #115

Sharing Time                                                                                                              

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Moment in Mission The Cedars

Focusing Music    “Holy, Holy, Holy”    – Franz Schubert

*Responsive Call To Worship

One:  Lent calls us to journey, this and every day, following Jesus wherever he leads us.

All:  Lent calls us to journey, together and with God, singing, praying, praising.

One:  Lent calls us to journey, to take up our cross, to trust the One who bears it with us.

All:  Let us journey with God, who leads us and walks with us, this and every day.

– written by Thom Shuman (adapted)

*Opening Song    “Lord of the Dance”    Insert

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “The Perfect Wisdom of Our God”    – Lloyd Larson

Giving Prayer

Special Music    “Sacred Silence”    – arr. K. Dennis

Children’s Time

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Song of Promise    “O Jesus, I Have Promised”    #447

Prayer of Confession    (inspired by Matthew 16: 24-26, Mark 8: 31-38, Luke 9: 23)

We hear the words from Jesus: “Take up your cross and follow me.”

These words scare us. We know what taking up a cross meant for him.

We do not feel able to sacrifice our lives. We are not even ready on most days

to sacrifice smaller things for the sake of our faith.

Today O God we confess our timidity, our weaknesses, our fears, and our hesitations.

As we gather today – as we look at the cross in front of us, as we think of the Cross that Lent calls us to journey towards; may we find strength in new places deep within our souls.

May we find courage, hope, and the peace to really follow Jesus.

May worship today help us to begin the Lenten journey towards finding our crosses and figuring out how to bear them.

Hear our prayers, remind us of the grace that covers our sin, both intended and unintended, and offers us the endurance to the run the race of faith. Amen and Amen.    – written by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo (adapted)

Scripture Focus    Mark 8: 31-38

30-32 Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

32-33 But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

38 “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.     The Message  (MSG)

Message    “What does it mean to be Jesus?”    Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”    Insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Voluntary in E Minor”    – Stanley Saxton

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