Welcome to our Sunday liturgy recap. If you missed our service this Sunday or are just looking for another expression of our corporate worship, scroll through this post and click the links for each element.
Call to Worship
Good morning, and welcome! Today is the first Sunday of Lent, which marks a 40-day period where we, as a church, anticipate the coming of Easter Sunday. We journey together toward the cross of Calvary as well as reflect on our longing for Jesus to return.
Let’s turn to scripture to remind us of the help we receive — that our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The LORD preserves the simple;
when we were brought low, he saved us.
Return, O souls, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered our souls from death,
our eyes from tears, our feet from stumbling;
We will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
As God’s people, let’s lift our voices to our God, whose mercies are never-ceasing.
Worship in Song
Come Thou Fount
Confession / Lament
We come here each week with baggage — our own, and even bearing those of others — and as the people of God, we pilgrim on. We cry, “Maranatha!” We lift our voices, yet still carry a heavy yoke. Let’s confess to the Lord together:
Lord, we have betrayed you by following our own way.
We have denied you by fearing to follow yours.
And we have mocked you by not taking your death seriously.
Lord, we are often lost. Let your forgiveness find us.
Hold us in your strong arms and give us your new life.
Live in us and with us day by day, that together we may co-labor
in making a world that is new.
-adapted to plural from Be Our Freedom, Lord, prepared & edited by Terry C. Falla
Worship in Song
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Assurance of Grace / Passing of Peace
The gospel reminds us that we don’t have to wander in the dark. Let’s all remember this good news in 1 John 1:5-7:
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,
that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
-1 John 1:5-7
Sermon | Finding Energy to Love: Faith | John 6:1-40
Response | Giving | The Lord’s Supper
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
– Revelation 5:12, 13
Peace be with you!
And also with you!