Second Sunday in Lent

March 13, 2022

If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.
Julian of Norwich

You are invited to participate during worship by speaking aloud the bolded text.
Please stand as you are able whenever an asterisk (*) precedes a heading.

Service Order

Welcome

The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #349
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Sung Twice)

​Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glory and grace.

Words & Music: Helen H. Lemmel, 1922, 1962; Tune: Lemmel | © 1922, renewed 1950 Singspiration Music, from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

 

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek;
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call;
Have mercy on me and answer me.

Hide not your face from me, nor turn away in anger.
You have been my helper; do not cast me away nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.
Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #139 
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigning
Bears thee on eagle’s wing, e’er in his keeping maintaining.
God’s care enfolds all, whose true good he upholds. Hast thou not known his sustaining?

Praise to the Lord, who doth proper thy work and defend thee;
Surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
Fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee.
Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed, spreading the wings of grace o’er thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

Words: Joachim Neander, 1680; sts. 1, 3, 5 trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1863; st. 2 by S. Paul Schilling, 1986; st. 4 by Rupert E. Davies, 1983 (Ps. 103:1-6; 150); Trans. sts. 2 and 4 © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; Music: Erneuerten Gesangbuch, 1665; harm. by William Sterndale Bennett, 1864; Tune: Lobe Den Herren from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

Lenten Stewardship Moment

Carl Condra

The Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 ​from The New Revised Standard Version

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon

“Come, Lord Jesus, and Save Us” by The Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard 

Musical Reflection

Prayers of the People

Lord, in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

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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 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, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Solo

Benediction

Choral Benediction

“God Be With You” by Derrick Byars

The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is a time in which believers are invited to journey with Jesus as he makes his final journey to Jerusalem and the cross. The period of forty days leads into Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Resurrection morning, which are the axis around which our faith is formed. It is time marked with reflection, prayer, and intentionality as we tend to the business in our lives and reflect on what God is doing through Christ for all the world.

During this season, the altar is stripped of flowers and replaced by a single Christ candle, the minister wears a purple stole symbolic of Christ’s passion, and the word “Alleluia” is removed from the liturgy. It is our prayer that you will join us and that we, the people of God in this place, will rise together to greater glory in celebration of Christ’s own life and sacrificial love.