PRELUDE: Wayfaring Stranger— arr. Eva Cassidy
CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Pastor: I don’t know how our ancestors walked their troubles and trials down.
All: I don’t know how they stood their ground.
Pastor: I don’t know how they survived Wars and Slavery, Depression, Sorrow, Disease.
All: But I do remember, that’s why I believe.
Pastor: My God calls me by the thunder and in the morning dew.
All: The Beauty of the universe knows my name! –
Pastor: Gave me a song to sing and sent me on my way!
All: I raise my voice for justice,
Pastor: For peace
All: For God’s enduring love
Pastor: I believe.
–adapted from I Remember, I Believe by Bernice Johnson Reagon
HYMN: Bring Forth the Kingdom #2190
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: In the Cross of Christ I Glory #213
SCRIPTURE: Luke 12:13-21; Ecclesiastes 12; Mark 8:34-37
SUNG RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE: Go to Dark Gethsemane #220
SERMON: The Secret of Everything that Matters (PDF Transcript)
HYMN: The Church of Christ in Every Age #320
CHORAL ANTHEM: Child of God — text and music by Mark A. Miller
INTERCESSORY PRAYER:— with comments by people on FB (You can also email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org during office hours)
the Lord’s Prayer
SUNG RESPONSE: What Wondrous Love is This (stanza 2) # 215
OFFERTORY SOLO: Night; Text: Louise C. Wallace; music: Florence B. Price; Emma WitbolsFeugen, mezzo soprano
PRAYER OF DEDICATION—“Praying Scripture”
HYMN: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot #825
SUNG BENEDICTION RESPONSE: Nunc Dimittis (for Night Prayer)
POSTLUDE: The Unclouded Day— Josiah Kelley Alwood; setting by Joel Raney
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