Order of Serv-Feb. 18, 2024-Christ among us, Repent and Believe

Welcome to our Service

Sunday, February 18, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

First Sunday in Lent

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Worship Leader: Heidi Bartsch

Pianists: Rod Epp, Irene Hildebrandt

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP:

        L:    Teach us your pathways, O God –

               our eyes and our souls are trained on you.

        P:    For you are the greatest guide, and your map is always good.

        L:    Other paths have left us lost; other ways have left us confused.

        P:    You guide us along the trail of your mercy,

               drawing sinner and saint down this well-worn way.

        L:    We have seen the glory of God.

    ALL:  All your paths are love, made smooth by your faithful walking.

               We are led into your truth by following the tread of your feet.

(Based on Psalm 25:1-10)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

        L:    God, on this first Sunday in Lent, we remember our humanity,

               our fragility, our limits, our sinfulness, our need for repentance.

        P:    Be with us on our journey through the wilderness.

        L:    We so often focus on the difficulty of our walk with Christ.

        P:    Forgive our self-focussed minds.

        L:    Forgive us, Lord, when on our journey, we forget your extensive,

               covenantal love for the world.

        P:    May we partner with you and your church to remember.

    ALL:  (looking at one another) You are beloved.

HYMNS:       To God be the glory HWB 102

                       Softley and tenderly Jesus is callingHWB 491

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC

SCRIPTURE READINGS:    Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15

SERMON:     “Christ among us, Repent and Believe”

HYMN:          Spirit of God! descendHWB 502

BLESSING

SENDING HYMN: I know not why God’s wondrous – HWB 338