ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday Worship Service 10:45 A.M       

           2nd SUNDAY IN LENT

PRELUDE (LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES)                                     

Lisa Miller                   

                                                                    

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS                                       

 Pastor Kevin Orr   

                                             

GREETING                                                                                                      

Lori Olszewski                                               

LEADER: Lenten travelers, who is this Jesus that we follow?

PEOPLE: He is the Messiah.

LEADER: What kind of Messiah is Jesus?

PEOPLE: He is the Messiah who teaches that he will lose his life and who calls us to lose our lives in order to save our lives.

LEADER: How does it feel to follow a Messiah whose teachings and call are so hard and uncomfortable?

PEOPLE: Some feel fear and anger, while others feel uncertain and anxious, and still others feel resolute and ready to follow.

LEADER: Lenten travelers, we are not alone in our feelings about following Jesus as our Messiah. It is a hard road. The blessing is that we do not travel alone.

PEOPLE: Thanks be to God that we share this journey with Jesus and one another as we lose our lives for the sake of the gospel to save our lives through Jesus, our Messiah. Amen.

OPENING PRAYER                                                                      

Lori Olszewski                                               

O God, your glory is always to have mercy. Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                               

Lori Olszewski                                               

*OPENING SONG             “Precious Lord Take My Hand”                           UMH # 474  

      

PRAYER TIME                                                                                       

Pastor Kevin Orr                                                

(Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, The Lords Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever Amen.

GATHERING OF THE TITHES AND OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                     “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                     UMH # 95

OFFERTORY PRAYER (liturgist/Unison):                                    

Lori Olszewski                                               

God of Boundless Goodness: We have come to this place this day to worship you with our songs, with our words, with our gifts, and with our whole hearts. We are reminded that our discipleship decision involves more than what we bring this day to the altar; it calls us to a place where a cross that is ours alone must be picked up and carried. This, more than anything else, is why we need the community of your church. Strengthen us, we pray, not just to carry our own cross, but to help sisters and brothers carry their crosses as well. In the name of the one who bore his cross for us. Amen.

1st Reading of the Word of God:                                          

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NIV)                                                                  

Lori Olszewski                       

                                                             

Leader: The Word of God, for the people of God.                

People: Thanks be to God. 

ANTHEM                                            “I’m Determined“                              Chancel Choir

2nd Reading of the Word of God:                                                     

Mark 8:31-38 (NIV)

Lori Olszewski                                               

Leader: The Word of God, for the people of God.                

People: Thanks be to God. 

MESSAGE:                                                                                             

Pastor Kevin Orr                                                

*CLOSING SONG              “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”                     TFWS # 2129

DISMISSAL & BLESSING                                                                    

Pastor Kevin Orr     

                                           

SENDING FORTH                “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”                     TFWS  # 2153