“Unexpected Laughter”

Weekly Services

Sunday - 9:30AM in- person WORSHIP - recording posted ONLINE afterwards

Feb. 28, 2021

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2nd Sunday of Lent

A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:

God of mercy, grant that the Word you speak this day
may take root in our hearts,
and bear fruit to your honor and glory,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Passing of the Peace

We encourage you to contact others in the church,
to reach out and connect, to check in on those that might need help,
and to let others know the help you need, in mind, body,
and spirit, in this uncertain time.



Call to Confession, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of Pardon

With the confidence of children of God, let us confess our sins before God,
our help in times of trouble.

Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
your face is hidden from us by our sins,
and we forget your mercy in the blindness of our hearts.
Cleanse us from all our offenses,
and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires,
that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you,
confessing our faults, confiding in your grace,
and finding in you our refuge and strength;
through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

Through forgiveness in Christ, we are brought to new life.
This is the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. 


Response

O Lamb of God 
American fold melody, arr. Proulx Jusun Kim, Piano and Voice

O Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;

have mercy on us, Lamb of God,

and grant us your peace.


Prayer of the Day - Erik Koehler

Loving God, You remember your covenants with us,
and respond to us with abundance.
Teach us to take up the cross of Christ with grateful hearts and humble spirits,
offering all for the sake of the gospel, so that we may receive life in fullness;
through Christ, who is coming in glory.
Amen.


1st Scripture Reading: Mark 8:31-38 Erik Koehler

31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”


2nd Scripture Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-17 - Jeff Foels

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

vss 15-17

15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, ‘Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?’


Sermon:  “Unexpected Laughter” - Jeff Foels

Music: The Church of Christ in Every Age

Music: Knapp Piano: Jusun Kim

Closing: Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer 
Pastor Jeff Foel

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Sending

Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:
Be in the world in peace;
Have courage;
Hold onto what is good;
Return no one evil for evil;
Support the weak;
Help the suffering;
Honor all God’s children;
Love and serve the Lord,
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
May God, who creates, redeems, and sustains, keep you steadfast in faith,
buoyant in hope, and abounding in love. And the blessing of God, Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Alelluia! Amen. 


God bless you while you stay steadfast in His Love!


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