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                                                                              February 25, 2024
                                                                        Second Sunday of Lent

                                                             We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude                                                Air (from Suite No. 1 for Organ)                                                    Florence Price
                                                                       Dr. John Allegar, organ                                                               (1887-1953)

                                                                            Two Meditations on the Cross                                        arr. Barbara B. Kinyon
                                                              “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”
                                                                “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”
                                                   Handbell Ensemble; Rebecca Holt, director

Welcome                                                                                                                                     Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Choral Call to Worship                   Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty                                                       arr. L. V. Hannah
                                                 Sanctuary Choir; Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor

        Open now Thy gates of beauty,
                      Zion, let me enter there,
        Where my soul in joyful duty
                      waits for God who answers prayer.
        O, how blessed is this place,
                      filled with solace, light, and grace!

Call to Worship                                                                                                                          Rev. Hannah G. Ostlund

        One:         Surely God is our salvation;
                          we will trust and not be afraid.

        All:           For the Lord God is our strength and our might;
                          God has become our salvation.

        One:         Sing praises, for God has done gloriously;
                          let this be known in all the earth.

        All:           Shout aloud and sing for joy,
                          for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

        One:         Come in worship now
                          to make known God’s deed among the nations.
                          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Prayer of Adoration

Processional Hymn #461                           God Is Here!                                                                     ABBOT’S LEIGH

Call to Confession                                   Lord, Have Mercy (Kyrie)                                                   David N. Johnson

Prayer of Confession

        They can be such giants in our lives, God of grace.
        Each day, our fears, our doubts, our worries wash over us,
                until we come to believe that you do not care for us.
        There seems to be so much wrong in the world,
                and we are convinced that there is nothing good we can do.
        The storms of sin and fear batter at us,
                and we cower, unable to find the faith to withstand them.
        Forgive us, God of hope.
        Remind us that if we but open our hearts, you will heal us.
        If we but listen to your words, we will hear peace and joy.
        If we but open our lives to you,
               we can go forth to serve our sisters and brothers,
                even as we have been served by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Silent Prayer)

Assurance of God’s Grace

Response of Praise                                       Gloria Patri                                                                    Henry Greatorex

Passing the Peace of Christ

Hymn                                                       You Are Before Me, Lord                                                 HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL

                                                                    We Experience God’s Word

The Word with Children

Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                                               Bennett Young

First Scripture Lesson                                Jeremiah 2:2-6                                                                                    (p. 685)

Anthem                                                      Even When God Is Silent                                                           Michael Horvit
                                                Sanctuary Choir; Dr. Michelle Louer, conductor                                                (b. 1932)

        I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
        I believe in love even when feeling it not.
        I believe in God even when God is silent.

                   Text: Allied troops found this poem written on the walls of a basement in Cologne, Germany.

Second Scripture Lesson                           Exodus 17:1-7                                                                                      (p. 63)

Sermon                                                                                                                                         Rev. Christopher A. Henry

                                                                         Is the Lord Among Us?
     “He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord,
                                                                      saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’”

                                                                               (Exodus 17:7)

Moment of Silent Meditation

                                                                         We Give Thanks to God

Sacrament of Holy Communion

  Invitation to the Lord’s Table

  Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

        One:         The Lord be with you.

        All:           And also with you.

        One:         Lift up your hearts.

        All:           We lift them to the Lord.

        One:         Let us give thanks to the Lord.

        All:           It is right to give our thanks and praise.

  Sanctus                                       Holy, Holy, Holy (from Deutsche Messe)                                           Franz Schubert

  The Lord’s 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;
               and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
        For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

  Breaking of the Bread

  Communion of the People

                                        Ushers will extend an invitation to receive communion by pew.
               Please come forward using the aisle to your right. All bread at all stations is gluten free.

  Communion Anthem              Kyrie (from Mass for 4 voices, SC6)                                              Giacomo Puccini

            Kyrie eleison.                       Lord, have mercy.
            Christe eleison.                  Christ, have mercy.
            Kyrie eleison.                       Lord, have mercy.

  Prayer after the Meal

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory                      Passacaglia in C minor (Built on the Sure Foundation)                                        Fred Gramann
                                                   Handbell Ensemble; Rebecca Holt, director                                                    (b. 1950)

                                                                          We Go Forth to Serve

Closing Hymn #281                   Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah                                              CWM RHONDDA

Charge and Benediction

* Choral Benediction                                The Irish Blessing                                                       arr. Joyce Eilers Bacak

Postlude                                        Toccata (from Suite No. 1 for Organ)                                                   Florence Price