Greeters: Dennis & Gail Strock
Liturgist: Starla Fogleman
March 17, 2019
2nd Sunday of Lent
Our hope is in you, Lord, our hearts belong to heaven. Our hope comes from the gospel, the word of the truth that you brought to us. May it bear abundant fruit in our lives.
Let the whole world be filled with your hope! As we grow in faith, help us truly comprehend your grace, O God; help us understand this amazing grace, as we seek to lead lives worthy of you, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
PRELUDE WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated): Ch. 158 “Sanctuary”
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: The Lord is my Light and Salvation, whom shall I fear?
P: The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
L: May we dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives,
P: to behold the beauty of the Lord and to worship at his footstool.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord!
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
God the great gardener, you have planted each of us with care, have watered and sheltered us, have allowed us room to grow, some in fertile soil, some in not so fertile. We have flourished under your care and while some of us remain shoots, others saplings and yet more trees we all have the expectation and possibility of new growth and of producing fruit. Enable us in our time together today to find ways to sprout yet more leaves and lengthen our roots. May this space be fertilizer for our souls. Amen.
*HYMN: “O Worship the King” 1
FIRST LESSON: Genesis 1:26-27 Pew Bible p. 1
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God.
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*HYMN: “My Life Is in You, Lord” (Chorus) 32
SERMON TEXT: Colossians 3:1-11 Pew Bible p. 984
*HYMN: “Be Thou My Vision” 8