Bulletin for February 20, 2021
Marshall Presbyterian Church
February 21, 2021 First Sunday of Lent
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Alex and Carol Brown, Liturgists
Melissa Upchurch, Pastor
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 25)
One: O God, we lift up our souls and put our trust in you.
All: Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your paths.
One: O God, lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation; for you we wait all day long.
All: God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble God’s way.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Red Hymnal #640 Sweet Hour of Prayer
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess our complicity in the divisions that have wounded our country and our world. We have turned aside from your way. We have failed to love you and our neighbor, neglected justice and ignored your truth. …Silent Prayers of Confession… Forgive us, and restore in us your Spirit of compassion and justice-seeking love. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: God in Christ is steadfast in love and mercy. So friends hear the good news of the gospel: In Christ we are
forgiven and set free from the sins that bind and enslave us. We are empowered to love God with all of who we are, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All: Thanks be to God.
* PASSING THE PEACE
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
SPECIAL MUSIC: ???
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17
New Testament: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
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)
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. 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 to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #167 Forty Days and Forty Nights
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O God, giver of all good gifts, may the gifts we offer bear the fruits of peace, love, and justice in our community
and our world. Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN Purple Hymnal #720 Jesus Calls Us