Marshall Presbyterian Church
February 28, 2021 2nd Sunday in Lent
Carol Ann West, Pianist Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
* CALL TO WORSHIP
One: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to God;
All: God’s face is not hidden from us when We cry to God.
One: The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
All: For dominion belongs to the Lord, and God rules over the nations.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #49
The God of Abraham Praise
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you and one another in our thoughts, words and actions. The brokenness in us reflects the brokenness of our world, and it is deep and broad. Yet in your mercy and healing grace, you can restore us and empower us to walk in the way of Christ. In your mercy and healing grace, you can reform our paths toward love and justice for our neighbors and for the earth. In your mercy and healing grace, you can make your peace ‒ your shalom ‒ a reality in our communities and lives. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: God’s mercy and healing grace are sure for all. Friends, hear the good of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and restored. We are set on right paths of love, justice and peace.
All: Thanks be to God.
* GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
* PASSING THE PEACE
SPECIAL MUSIC: Purple Hymnal #69 Here I Am, Lord
(Choir = Stanzas; Congregation = Refrain)
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Epistle: Romans 4:13-25
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
One: The Word of God for the People of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith)
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #187 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
* PRAYER OF DEDICATION AND THANKSGIVING
O God, receive these gifts as a sign that our lives are committed to your work in this world. May these gifts enable flourishing for all your children and the whole creation. Amen.
ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF ELDERS:
Cathy Seiler, Lynne Simpson
One: As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
All: There is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to the one hope of our calling.
One: In baptism, were clothed with Christ, and are now called by God through the voice of the church to enter into ministries of service and governance, announcing in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ.
All: We remember with joy our communion calling to serve Christ, and we celebrate God’s particular call to these sisters in the faith.
One: There are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them.
All: There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served.
One: God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished.
All: To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good.
One: Together we are the body of Christ, and individually, members of it.
Statement on Ordination and Installation with Prayer
Prayer of Ordination
One: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise…
Declaration of Ordination and Installation
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #298 Lord, You Give the Great Commission