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Lenten Sermon Series: Living in the Shadows
March 24

Living in the Shadows

SUNDAYS, 8:15, 9:30, 11 AM
 

The season of Lent offers us the invitation to go deep in faith and to confront the shadow side of our faith. We’ll take up several of the shadows this season, trying to understand what they can teach us about ourselves and our God.

LENT 2019


MARCH 10: (FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT) Living in the Shadows: “The Shadow of Emptiness” | PDF

“He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.” (Luke 4:2b)

This Sunday, we contemplate the Shadow of Emptiness. Facing our fear of empty pockets, empty bellies, empty schedules, perhaps even empty faith, and our propensity for filling up with food that does not satisfy and activity that distracts us, we clear a space to imagine the gift that emptiness might bring. Join us Sunday as we these face this shadow together, in the hope that by so doing, we might grow deeper in faith and closer to God.


MARCH 17 Living in the Shadows: “The Shadow of Fear” | PDF  

“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’” (Mark 4:40)

This Sunday, we face the shadow of fear. Though our personal fears are as unique as the stories and experiences that have shaped us, all of us struggle to follow the command repeated hundreds of times in scripture...“Do not be afraid.” Fear is a natural human response to the uncertainties of life. The invitation and challenge of faith is not to avoid our fears or steer clear of storms, but to anticipate the transformation that waits on the other side and remember the one who journeys with us even, especially, when we are afraid.


MARCH 24 Living in the Shadows: “The Shadow of Doubt” | PDF  

“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)

This Sunday, we take up the shadow of doubt. All of us experience moments, or whole seasons of life, when uncertainty of some kind overtakes us. We find it difficult to trust others or to embrace the promises of God. Like our faith ancestors, we spend some time in the wilderness asking difficult questions. Is the Lord among us…or not? These wilderness intervals can be difficult to endure, but they might also offer us a powerful gift. In the shadow of doubt, we can see ourselves more clearly, embrace our humanity, and discover the deeper promise of grace. 


MARCH 31 Living in the Shadows: “The Shadow of Weariness” | PDF  

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,  and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) 

 


How to use playlist below: In the top left corner of the video, you can toggle between sermons. They are listed in chronological order.  


Sunday Bulletins
March 24, 2019
9:30, 11 AM & Together@5


Morning PDF | Together@5 PDF

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent

 

 

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent

WE COME TOGETHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE


Prelude                             Partita on “Built on the Rock”                                  Alfred Fedak
                                           Dr. John Allegar, organ                                            (b. 1953)

+ Welcome                                                                                             Rev. Karen L. Lang

Call to Worship                   There Is a Balm in Gilead                                             Spiritual
                                                Sanctuary Choir                                  arr. William L. Dawson
                                              Dr. Michelle Louer                                               (1899-1990)
                                        Director of Music and Fine Arts

There is a Balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole,
There is a Balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.

One: This time of worship is a time set apart,

All: to lay down our burdens, to set aside our fears, to quiet our distractions.

One: This time of worship is a time of renewal,

All: to breathe deeply, to listen carefully, to reflect prayerfully.

One: This time of worship is a time of commitment,

All: to trust the God who creates us, to follow the Christ who calls us, to obey the Spirit who leads us.

Prayer of Adoration

*+Processional Hymn #482         Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty        LOBE DEN HERREN

Call to Confession

Silent Confession

Prayer of Confession

One: Let us pray.

All: Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you.

One: We allow doubt’s permanence in our lives.

All: You call, but we have not listened.

One: We fail to trust in your goodness and the goodness of your creation.

All: We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns.

One: We are complicit in evil, prejudice, violence, and greed.

All: We fail to speak peace to one another. We fail to see you in others. We sin in our empty words, broken promises, and silence.

One: God of grace, one who speaks peace,

All: Help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, calling us by name, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

Kyrie                       (from Symphony No. 9 “New World”)                              Antonín Dvoƙák

Assurance of Pardon

* Response of Praise                         Gloria Patri                                           (Hymn #579)

*+Passing of the Peace

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

* Hymn #326                   Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart                     MORECAMBE

Ritual of Friendship and the Concerns of the Church               Dr. John R. Koppitch (9:30)
                                                                                                     Thomas P. Markey (11:00)

WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD


Time with Children (11:00)

Prayer of Illumination                                                                            Jacob Stubbs (9:30)
                                                                                               Elder Mary Alice Hines (11:00)

First Lesson                                       Matthew 21:18-21                                        (p. 899)

Anthem                                         Even When God Is Silent                            Michael Horvit
                                                                                                                               (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.

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

Response

Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon                                                                                          Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“Living in the Shadows: Doubt”
“He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled
and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’”

(Exodus 17:7)
 
WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD


* Affirmation of Faith                          The Apostles’ Creed                                 see sidebar

Prayers of the People and 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.

Offertory                                     I’ve Been in the Storm So Long                             Spiritual
                                                      David Smolokoff, tenor                          arr. H.T. Burleigh
                                                                                                                          (1866-1949)

I’ve been in the storm so long children;
Oh, give me little time to pray.

Oh, let me tell my mother how I come along,
With a hung down head and an aching heart.

Oh when I get to heaven, I’ll walk all about,
There’ll be nobody there to turn me out.

* Doxology and the Prayer of Thanksgiving                                                (Hymn #592)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE


* Closing Hymn #522                Lord, When I Came Into This Life               LAND OF REST

* Charge and Benediction

* Benediction Response             The Lord Bless You and Keep You            Peter C. Lutkin
                                                                                                                          (1858-1931)

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
            and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
            and be gracious unto you.

* Postlude                              Thou Art the Rock (excerpt)                                Henri Mulet
                                                                                                                        (1878-1967)

Together@5 - Sundays at 5 p.m.
March 24, 2019 - Living in the Shadows: The Shadow of Doubt


 

WORSHIP LEADERS
Owen Gray, preacher
Meagan Findeiss, liturgist
Kat Barden, children’s leader
Brianna Holt, music leader
Rebecca Edie, piano
Small Group Team
Alex Schelling
Gina Devadoss
Steve Archbold
Lindsay Lewis
Bob Brucker
Ann VanMeter
Kristin Srour

 
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
 
Exodus 17:1-7
 

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

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.

 

GATHERING


Congregational Songs           Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the gloom of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in Thee.

Mortals, join the happy chorus which the morning stars began;
Love divine is reigning o’er us, joining all in heaven’s plan.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.


Lord, When I Came Into This Life

 

Centering Song                                It Is Good To Trust
 

LISTENING


Scripture Reading                                 Exodus 17:1-7

Reflection                                        The Shadow of Doubt

Musical Meditation                           Came To My Rescue

RESPONDING


Sacrament of Communion

Closing Song                              My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Words of Blessing

As we go from here, may
     The love of God be a passion in your heart,
     The presence of God be a peace that overflows,
     And the Word of God brighten your life 
     and strengthen you when times are tough

 

A Word of Invitation for the Week to Come

When Hans Christian Anderson said “the good and the beautiful is not forgotten; it lives in legend and in song,” he spoke of the way in which fairy tales could transcend the world of fiction. In this Lenten season, we remember stories of God’s presence in our own lives. 

As you leave worship this evening with the stone, we invite you to set aside time each day this week to remember your experiences with God. Here’s a helpful strategy: on Monday, focus on your earliest memories of faith. On Tuesday, focus on your later childhood. Day by day, remember how you encountered God in each stage of your life, with Sunday focusing on present-day. Shadows of doubt fade away when we remember the promise and the presence God provides!

 

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS
 
March 10         The Shadow of Emptiness

March 17          The Shadow of Fear
 
March 24         The Shadow of Doubt
 
March 31         The Shadow of Weariness
 
April 7          The Shadow of Guilt
 
April 14         The Shadow of the Cross

 


This week's worship schedule

This week's worship schedule

Upcoming Events

Mar
31
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex

Mar
31
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

9:30 a.m. Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Mar
31
Service of Wholeness & Communion
10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Service of Wholeness & Communion

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Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time: 10:35 AM — 11:00 AM

Held each Sunday in Milner Chapel for those who would like to receive the Lord's Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite those who desire to be anointed and prayed for to come forward.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel

Mar
31
11:00 Worship Service
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

11:00 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex

Apr
7
8:15 Worship Service
8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM — 9:00 AM

8:15 Worship in the Chapel. Traditional worship without choir.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Chapel, Chapel Narthex

Apr
7
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

9:30 a.m. Worship Service

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Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The traditional sanctuary services abound with praise to God through liturgy, music, prayers, Scripture, and the preached word. These services follow a Reformed form of worship, which allows creative use of liturgical elements such as sung response, spoken creeds and confessions.

Departments: Worship

Contact: Erica Hewitt
317-253-6461
ehewitt@secondchurch.org

Rooms: Sanctuary, Sanctuary Narthex


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OTHER EVENTS
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Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday School

 

The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith.

Bring your children to Second on Sunday!

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Wintermission
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Wintermission
Meet us in McFarland Hall.

FALL THROUGH SPRING, 10:30 AM, MCFARLAND HALL

Parents visit; children gather. Join hands in service to God and BE SECOND to the world.

Comfy corner seating at low tables offer child forward mission activities and parent gathering spots during the 10:30-11 a.m. morning fellowship time.

Please join us!


Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness
10:35 a.m., Milner Chapel

Service of Holy Communion & Wholeness


Piecing Together Something Beautiful

SUNDAYS, 10:35 AM, MILNER CHAPEL

The Service of Holy Communion and Wholeness is held every Sunday for those who would like to receive the Lord’s Supper and join in a reflective time of prayer. This service is led by one of the pastors, as well as one of our deacons or elders, who together invite forward those who desire to be anointed and prayed for. This brief service allows any and all who are seeking the comfort of a quiet place to rest in God’s presence. We invite you to come as you prepare for and give thanks for an upcoming life event such as birth as a child, upcoming surgery or seek peace following the death of a loved one.

Please come and be attended to by the spirit, as well as a caring pastor and deacon or elder.