Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Second Sunday of Lent

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God of all people,

like a loving father and caring mother, you watch over us and beckon us to follow the right path.  But we get stuck: stopped by our fear of trying something new, trapped by our memories of past failures, caught in a web of conflicting choices, halted by the clamor of many voices.  We know the distress of worry and the blur of tears.  Like staring at an empty page, we feel trapped and hesitant.

We renew ourselves today, to hear clearly your directions, to be bold in our loving, courageous in our caring and brave in our speaking.

Amen.

Gathering Song                                      “You Are Mine” – led by Carlee Gross                 

WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD

First Reading:  Hosea 6:1-6                                         Dennis Raudenbush

Hosea proclaims a word of hope to the Northern Kingdom of Israel after its destruction..  Its defeat will be temporary and they will be raised up or resurrected on the third day!  The Southern Kingdom of Judah continues its unfaithfulness and Hosea tells proclaims that all God wants is steadfast love and knowledge of God. 

1  “Come, let us return to the LORD;

for it is he who has torn, and he

will heal us;

he has struck down, and he will

bind us up.

2  After two days he will revive us;

on the third day he will raise us up,

that we may live before him.

3  Let us know, let us press on to know

the LORD;

his appearing is as sure as

the dawn;

he will come to us like the showers,

like the spring rains that water the

earth.”

4  What shall I do with you,

O Ephraim?

What shall I do with you, O Judah?

Your love is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

5  Therefore I have hewn them by the

prophets,

I have killed them by the words of

my mouth,

and my judgment goes forth as

the light.

6  For I desire steadfast love and not

sacrifice,

the knowledge of God rather than

burnt offerings.

Reflections on my Journey of Faith                                                            Glenn Butterfield

Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what is to come. Peter’s response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus will travel.

31[Jesus] 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.”

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message

Message Song                                     Just As I Am –  led by Kathie Jones and Jeanette Boos

                              “Be Still and Know” – led in canon by Kathie Jones and Steve Wysocki 

Prayers                                                                                              Enid Rank

Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need. Let us begin with our own silent personal prayers.  A brief silence.

O God, your gift of grace is for all people, for you love us all. Give confident faith to all the baptized, that they may follow you wholeheartedly. Give new believers joy in your promises. Give hope and courage to those who suffer for their faith.

In you O God, we find life.

O God, all the ends of the earth worship you. From galaxies to microorganisms, preserve your creation. We wonder at your works and promise to join you in tending to creation’s well-being.

In you O God, we find life.

O God, you rule over the nations. Raise up advocates for peace and justice within and between nations. Give life where hope seems dead. We long for peace and civility.  Inspire us to be a real part of justice and peace  in our community, our country, and in the world.  We will answer your call to act.

In you O God, we find life.

O God, in Jesus you joined humanity in suffering and death. Reveal to all the depth of your love shown on the cross. Accompany all who suffer in body, mind, and spirit. Restore all who are sick or grieving. Bring vindication for victims of injustice, exploitation, and oppression.  Today we pray especially for Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Ruth, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Mel, Linda, Kristen, Tim M., Claudia, Louise Wagner, Pat & Al Apple, Anne Z, Lois Hazel, Janet Z. and Maryse, for Michael Ivenz who was hospitalized this week and for Sal Boscia who is in hospice care.  Condolences to Kathie & Mel Jones for the death of sister, Marie Hehr, and all those who suffer from the COVID-19 virus and those who mourn for those who have succumbed to it,  and we pray silently for loved ones we name in our hearts.      A brief silence.

 In you O God, we find life.

O God, you made Abraham and Sarah the ancestors of a multitude of nations. Bless grandparents, parents, and foster parents, and the children who look to them for care and guidance. Console those who deal with infertility, parents who have entrusted their children to adoption, and children longing to be adopted. Equip ministries and services to families. Bless the ministries of this congregation, and inspire us all to support their work. In you O God, we find life.

God, we await the day of Christ’s coming in glory. Lead us by the example of all the saints whom you have called to take up their cross and follow you, that together we may find our lives in you.

In you O God, we find life.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.                                                 

Closing Hymn                                 “Rise Up O Saints of God” – led by Brenda Tarulli                                                  

Benediction                                          “Make Me a Servant” – led by Carlee Gross

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.                 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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