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February 28, 2021–Second Sunday in Lent

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude         Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620         J.S. Bach
                                 Dr. John Allegar, organ                        (1685-1750)

                                         Near the Cross                 arr. Douglas E. Wagner
                                     Handbell Ensemble                               (b. 1952)
                                   Rebecca Holt, Director

Welcome                       Rev. Christopher A. Henry

* Call to Worship                    Shine on Me                  Spiritual/arr. Dillworth
                              Children’s Choir Virtual Recording                     (b.1970)

Shine on me, shine on me.
I wonder if the lighthouse will shine on me.
Oh, shine on me, shine on me.
I wonder if the lighthouse will shine on me.

Is the light shining above? Is it shining above in the heavens for me?
I’m wonderin’ if there’s a light that is shining above in the heavens for me?
Is the light shining above? Is it shining above in the heavens for me?
I’m wonderin’ if there’s a light that will shine on me.

                                           Rev. Madison M. VanVeelen and Kelly D. Spencer

Leader One:            Thus says, the Lord, the one who created and formed you, O Jacob:
                                Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

Leader Two:           When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
                                and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.

Leader One:           When you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
                                and the flame shall not consume you.
                                For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Leader Two:              Let us worship God!

* Prayer of Adoration

* Opening Hymn #353          Great God, Your Love Has Called Us Here      MELITA

Call to Confession

Kyrie                 Lord, Have Mercy Upon Us               arr. David N. Johnson
                                                                                        (1922-1987)

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession

They can be such giants in our lives, God of grace.
Each day, our fears, our self-doubts, our worries wash over us,
           until we come to believe that we are not worthy of your love.
There seems to be so much wrong in the world,
           we are convinced that there is nothing good we can do.

Forgive us, God of hope.
Remind us that your love is unconditional and eternal.
Give us courage to hear your call,
           to serve you with our gifts, and to be your people of grace.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise                                      MELITA

* Passing of the Peace

We Experience God’s Word

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination                           Deacon Kevin Kohart

First Scripture Lesson                     Psalm 119:137-144

Anthem            Agnus Dei (from Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy)              André Thomas
                           Sanctuary Choir Section Leaders                   (b. 1952)
                                             [pre-recorded video]

Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

You died on Calvary,
just to set the captives free.
You died on Calvary,
to save a sinner like me!

Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world,
grant us Thy peace.

The Lamb is worthy.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain,
redeemed by his precious blood.

God’s given us power and riches and
wisdom and strength,
power and riches and glory and blessing.

The Lamb is worthy.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain,
redeemed by his precious blood.
Amen!

Second Scripture Lesson                    Luke 19:1-10

Sermon                                Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“ReLent: Shame”
"For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."
(Luke 19:10)

Moment of Silent Meditation

We Give Thanks to God

Affirmation of Faith           The Apostles' Creed               Kelly D. Spencer

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
          maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
          who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
          born of the Virgin Mary,
           suffered under Pontius Pilate,
           was crucified, dead, and buried;
           he descended into hell;
           the third day he rose again from the dead;
           he ascended into heaven,
            and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
           from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
            the holy catholic church;
            the communion of saints;
            the forgiveness of sins;
           the resurrection of the body;
           and the life everlasting. Amen.

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity

Offertory              Give me Jesus              Spiritual
                  Children’s Choir Virtual Recording

In the mornin’ when I rise, in the mornin’ when I rise,
in the mornin’ when I rise, give me Jesus.

            Refrain
           Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,
           You can have all the world, but give me Jesus.

Dark midnight was my cry, dark midnight was my cry,
dark midnight was my cry, give me Jesus. Refrain

And when I want to sing, and when I want to sing,
and when I want to sing, give me Jesus. Refrain

And when I’ve come to die, and when I’ve come to die,
and when I’ve come to die, give me Jesus. Refrain

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer                Dr. John R. Koppitch

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.

We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #345            Dear Lord, Creator Good and Kind           REPTON

* Charge and Benediction

Postlude             In the Cross of Christ I Glory                 arr. David Cherwien
                                                                                                            (b. 1957)