First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021, 11:00 am (Printable PDF)
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am. Livestream will be cross-posted here ASAP once the livestream starts)
PRELUDE: Give Me Jesus—African American spiritual, setting by Mark Patterson
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Pastor: God is over all things,
All: Under all things,
Pastor: Outside all things,
Pastor: But not enclosed,
Pastor: But not excluded,
All: Above, but not raised up!
Pastor: Below, but not depressed!
All: Wholly above, presiding!
Pastor: Wholly without, embracing!
All: Wholly within, filling!
Pastor: Calling! – The Spirit!
All: Of the Living God!
HYMN: The Glory of These Forty Days #165
CALL TO CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
Pastor: As Jesus followers, we give our hearts to the idea that Jesus is The Way. Lent, the forty days preceding Easter, is a time to walk The Way. Today we acknowledge these things to be true of our way:
(ALL join in in repeating the following lines:)
We have been blind. Now we would see.
We have been lost. We desire to be found.
We have been hurt. We desire healing.
We have been estranged from those we love.
We will find a way to reconciliation and walk it.
Let me to die to my own worst impulses. I will be reborn.
I have lived in exile from the best in me. I will gladly return.
I have experienced some form of human bondage. I will be free of it.
I have sinned. I seek forgiveness of my sins.
My heart has often been closed. I will open it.
Beginning today, by the light of Christ
and in the company of my friends and fellows,
I seek The Way. Amen.
HYMN: Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley (#80 Presbyterian Hymnal, Blue)
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 25:1-10 Matthew 4:1-11
SUNG RESPONSE: Jesus, Tempted in the Desert (#2105 Sing the Faith)
SERMON: Covid Message #10—A Message to Young Adults, Youth and Many Others (PDF transcript)
HYMN: There Is a Balm in Gilead #792
CHORAL ANTHEM: Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness-Handel
INTERCESSORY PRAYER:— with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to email@example.com during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: What Wondrous Love is This (stanza 1) # 215
OFFERTORY SOLO: Steal Away— Dave Ragland; Neal Long, tenor
PRAYER OF DEDICATION: “Be still and know that I am God” (remove a word at each repetition)
HYMN: Somebody’s Knockin’ At Your Door #728
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Nunc Dimittis (for Night Prayer)
POSTLUDE: Longing and Belonging (based on two African American spirituals) – Mark Patterson
Link for Lent Fundraiser: http://westportpresbyterian.org/mission-outreach/water-project/
Pastor- Scott Myers
Piano- Emily Davidson
Choir- Josh Stark, Neil Long, Jennifer Weiman, Em WitbolsFeugen
Camera/Facebook/Prayer requests: Deanna Capps
Webpage- Martine Roesel