First Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2021 Indoor Worship Bulletin
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Gathering for God’s Word
Welcome & Announcements
Time of Silence & Ringing of the Bell
Call to Worship
[based on Isaiah 55:2, 11-12; John 4:24]
Leader: Let us worship God, for whom our souls thirst and our bodies long.
People: Listen, listen to the Lord, and our souls will delight in the richest of fare.
Leader: We have come to hear the Word that God has sent.
People: God’s Word will not return empty but will accomplish through us his holy purpose.
Leader: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.
People: Then we will go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will sing; the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Preparing for God's Word
Hymn of Adoration
"Lamb of God"
Your only Son no sin to hide
But You have sent Him from Your side
To walk upon this guilty sod
And to become the Lamb of God
Oh Lamb of God, Sweet lamb of God
I love the Holy Lamb of God
Oh wash me in His precious Blood
My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God
Your gift of love we crucified
We laughed and scorned Him as he died
The humble King we named a fraud
And sacrificed the Lamb of God
I was so lost I should have died
But You have brought me to Your side
To be led by Your staff and rod
And to be called a lamb of God
Prayer of Confession
[Time of Silent Confession]
Leader: Let us continue in prayer.
People: Everlasting God, fountain of all life and the true home of every heart: we confess that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you. Lord so often we find that our hearts have been enslaved by selfish passion and base desire. We often seek after many things while neglecting the one thing we truly need. We do not always love you with our whole hearts. Help us to turn to you and find forgiveness. Lead us home, that we may again find in you our life and joy and peace. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[based on Psalm 91: 14-15]
Leader: Hear the Good News. The Lord says, "Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name."
People: God says, "When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them and show them my salvation."
Leader: Let us receive the Good News of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
People: Praise God.
Hearing God's Word
Prayer of Illumination
New Testament Reading: Philippians 4:10-19
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
"With the Lord with Us... What More Could We Want?"
Responding to God’s Word
Affirmation of Faith: Psalm 23
All: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Hymn of Response
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for You
Prayer of the People
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.
Leader: God of Grace in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.
The Lord's Prayer
All: 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 today our daily bread. 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.
Scripture and Prayer
Union Presbyterian Church
5615 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056
Phone: 704-864-7681 Fax: 704-864-7594