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Bible Passage Psalm 22:23-31

Second Sunday of Lent

Date February 25, 2024

Lighting the Christ Candle

             All:  “Let the Light of Christ fill this space. Amen”

    We Welcome One Another in the Name of the Risen Christ;

                                            (please stand if comfortable) 

            One:  I look up at the hills. Is that where my help will come from?                                 

        All: Our help comes from God, Maker of heaven and earth.                               

       One:  God will catch us if we slip. God won’t fall asleep on the job.

            All: Indeed, our Protector never sleeps or rests.

              God is as close as our very shadow.                                            

Sharing the Peace of Christ                                                                                       

       One:  Rejoice and be glad!  God has given us new life.

                    The peace of Christ be with you all.

             All: And also with you.                


   Opening Hymn     Draw The Circle Wide     MV. 145


  Opening Prayer                              


    All: “Holy One, as we gather here, may we bring to life         

         this Lenten season of promise, full of hope

         that good will come from our journey.

         As we travel from water, to ashes, to cliffs,

         to wilderness, we know you travel with us.  Amen.”                            


     Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer   refrain VU 391

                                                                                (please remain seated) 

       All: “God, reveal your presence: as we now adore you

           and with awe appear before you.

           Here in this your temple: all within keep silence,

           gather now with deepest reverence.

           You alone God we own, you, our God and Saviour:

           praise your name for ever.”

   Special Music    


   Offering Invitation   

   Offering Refrain  (please stand if comfortable)               VU 541

          All:  “Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

              praise God all creatures high and low;

              give thanks to God in love made known:

              Creator, Word and Spirit; One. Amen.”

   Offering Prayer of Dedication   (con’t)

   All: “We bring you gifts, O Giver of Abundance, knowing they                 

         are but a small offering. Yet we know you can take what

         we offer, and use it in amazing ways to do amazing work.



                              We Hear God’s Word                                                                     

  Hebrew Scripture Psalm 22: verses 23-31 VU p. 746

  part 3 and 4, responsively 

  Christian Scripture  Mark ch. 8: 31-38  pew bible p. 820                    


              One: These are Stories of our faith.

            All: Thanks be to God.    


      Congregational Refrain                             vs.1  VU 313

                                         (please stand if comfortable)

        “God, whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard,

            and took their flight, hear us, we humbly pray,

            and where the gospel day sheds not its glorious ray,

            let there be light .”

       Invitation to Confession     


      Our prayer;

       All: “O God,            

            you turn the world upside down.

            Small wonder, we, like Nicodemus,

            come to you at night,

            afraid to be seen with you-

            clinging to our old life,

            yet longing for a new life.

                O God, we are afraid,

                afraid of what this new life might be,

                afraid to give up what is comfortable and familiar.

                Be with us in our fear…

                        …silent prayer.   

                Grant us grace. Amen.”                                  God’s assurance of forgiveness and love.                   


Hymn        My Faith Looks Up To Thee VU. 663



Closing Hymn  May The God Of Hope Go With Us  VU. 424


                          We Are Sent Out 



          All: “We go into our journey.

             We know that the sun will not hurt us by day,

             nor the moon by night.

             God will protect us and watch over us,

             this day and every day.”


Congregational Response                              Cliff Barrows                                                                                                                                                                        


     All: “May God’s blessing surround you each day,                                     

                      as you trust Him and walk in his way.

           May His presence within

           guard and keep you from sin.

           Go in peace, go in joy, go in love,

           Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.”   

   The Blessing                          

   Three-fold Amen