Church Bulletin – February 26, 2012

GATHERING

 

GREETINGAND ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1st Sunday of Lent

Jesus Welcome us all to your church and prepare us to be welcomed home one day.We come to worship expecting restoration, transformation and resurrection. We come to hear the Spirit of the risen Christ.

The Lord promises these gifts if we come with a willing heart.

Help us Father, Son and Holy Spirit enter into a closer relationship with you this day. .

 

PRELUDE                                                                               Patty Bell

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: This day we remember the ashes

People: And new life.

Leader: this day we remember our sins

People: And God’s grace.

Leader: this day we cry out

People: And rejoice in God’s love!

 

PRAISE HYMN:    “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross”          UMH 301    

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                  UMH 882

 

PSALM 25:1-10                                                                 PB, pg. 485    

 

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

 

HYMN:         “He Touched Me”                                             UMH 367    

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

GOSPEL LESSON:       Mark 1:9-15                                                PB, pg. 33

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:        1 Peter 3:18-22              PB, pg. 218

 

MESSAGE:                                                               Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

RESPONSE HYMN:      “Shall We Gather At The River”        UMH 723

  PRAYERS AND OFFERING

CALL TO CONFESSION

Trusting with the psalmist, that God is truly good and upright, and willing to teach sinners in God’s own ways, let us confess our sins with confidence, seeking God’s instruction.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Leader: Merciful God, forgive us when we stray from your path and succumb to the temptation of the moment.

People: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.

Leader: Forgive us for failing to see every person as one of your beloved children.

People: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.

Leader: Forgive us for failing to share from the resources we have, when others go hungry for lack of food, or have no place to rest.

People: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.

Leader: Forgive us when we hold on to our anger and hurts, failing to forgive as you have forgiven us.

People: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.

Leader: Forgive us when we forget to live our lives in a way that shows that you are our God and we are your people.

People: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your path.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,

in order to bring you to God. Believe the good news of the Gospel, in Jesus

Christ, you are forgiven. Amen.

 

PRAYERS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

RECEIVING THE OFFERING

 

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING:                           UMH 488

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.  Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

 

SENDING FORTH

CIRCLE SONG:   “Surely The Presence”                                   UMH 328

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place; I can feel His mighty power and His grace.  I can hear the brush of angels’ wings, I see glory on each face; surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

 

*BLESSING

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*Stand as you are able.  The quiet room is in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

Bulletin/ sermon used by permission from Homiletics.

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