First Sunday in Lent

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNNY STORY

CALL TO WORSHIP                      Pastor Bob

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from

the waters…to see the heavens splitting open and the Spirit soaring down like a dove.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he stood up from

the waters and heard…”You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well please.”

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from

the waters…to walk a new path and to call the world to join him.

Here comes God’s kingdom. Teach us your path, brother Jesus.

Now is the time as we continue on our journey toward the cross!

HYMN:

Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days

UMC Hymnal #269

OPENING PRAYER (unison)

Debbie Young-Liturgist

Gracious Lord remind us anew of Your saving grace as we enter this season of Lent. In the midst of the storms and floods of life, teach us the ways of life and death, that we may use this season as a time of gratitude for the past, and a time of hope for the future. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Genesis 9: 8-17

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LENTEN PRAYER OF CONFESSION

(in unison)

We have a list of things to do, Lord, and wonder if we are ready for a journey of discipleship. Forgive when I do not pray since I am too busy, and when I get distracted and neglect Your Word. Reset our priorities and ready us to follow Jesus in the wilderness to the Cross. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2193

HYMN:

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2112

GOSPEL LESSON                    Mark 1: 9-15

MEDITATION                               Pastor Bob

Jesus in the Wilderness…

Let Our Journey Begin!

OFFERTORY

Hope of the World

Debbie Young-soloist

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (unison)

Because you are the God who saves us, we give you these gifts. Take our lives and our gifts and use them to save our world. We put our hope in you. Amen.

HYMN:

In the Midst of New Dimensions vs. 1-4

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2238

BENEDICTION

Beloved of God, Go to your neighbor in peace. Go into the     wildernesses where God sends you. Go in the knowledge that, when you encounter trials and temptations, God’s angels will care for you.

Go forth in the name of the Father-Our Creator, the Son-Our  Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit – Our Sustainer. Amen.

DEPART IN PEACE...Shalom!

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Change My Heart, O God

The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2152

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