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First Sunday in Lent
February 21st, 2021

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this evening:

God of wilderness and nighttime, as we devote these forty days to you, shape us by your Holy Spirit into the image of Christ our Lord, so that we may be ready, by your grace, to confront the power of death with the promise of eternal life. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Opening Hymn No.110

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

*Affirmation of Faith “The Apostles’ Creed” No. 881

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*The Gloria Patri No. 70

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.

Prayer for Illumination

Gracious God, in rushing waters and in dry wilderness, in every season and circumstance, we need your sustaining word. By the power of your Holy Spirit, proclaim the good news among us today so that we may repent and believe and see anew how the time is fulfilled and the kingdom has come near; in Jesus Christ your Son, our Savior. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-6

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

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Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer
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. Amen.

Offering and Missions Giving
Anthem

“Create In Me a Clean Heart”
Mueller

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me thy joy of thy salvation.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Create in me a clean heart O God!

*Doxology No. 95

Praise God through-out these forty days. Praise Christ, our Lord, whom God did raise. And praise the Spirit who imparts God’s love in Christ into our hearts. Amen.

*Closing Hymn No.294

“Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed”

Alas! and did my Savior bleed,
and did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
for sinners such as I?

But drops of tears can ne’er repay
the debt of love I owe.
Here, Lord, I give myself away;
’tis all that I can do.

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Let Us Go Into The World”
Kenneth Drake

Let us go into the world always rejoicing,
always rejoicing in the Spirit.

 

Volunteers Needed to Write Blessing Cards for Bundles of Hope
Bundles of Hope Diaper Ministry needs volunteers to handwrite blessing cards that are given to each person who receives diapers from our church. Bundles of Hope will provide the cards and the verbiage — the volunteers provide their time and handwriting! If you can help, please contact Betsy Guy at betsydguy@att.net or call her at (205) 542-6634.

Midnight Bunny Run Candy Collection
We won’t have an in-person Easter Egg Hunt this year, so we are bringing back the Midnight Bunny Run! We need candy! Lots of candy – individually wrapped non-peanut/peanut butter candy that can fit inside a plastic Easter Egg. Drop off your Easter Candy donations at the main office Monday through Friday 8am-4pm. You can also leave them in a tub in the Narthex Sunday mornings. If you prefer to make a financial contribution visit: https://bit.ly/3rq45P9

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Prayer List:

Jo Ann Freeman, Patty Elliott, Gary and Zac White, Kandis Scudder, Jim Ketchersid, Roberta Northington, Pat Westbrook, Pony Green, John Bullivant, Jennifer Whittier, Jim Brown and family (Emily and James),  Pan Cahoon, The family of Sharon Roberts,  Will Wells, Jackie Teaford, Wayne and Peggy Williams, The family of Jean Brown,  Sara Perry, Gene Smith, Lois Truss, Jennie Alley, Myra Gray,  Ray Williams, Rosalie Rasco,  Bill Fields,  Ann Gilliland, Gary White,  Jack and Sue Pearson,  Matt and Pat Reeder, Joan Cook, Derilda Joiner,  Maya Wright,  Buck Sullivan, Jerry Thorn,  Linda Small, Barbara Erwin, Frank and Marilyn Williams, Carolin Platt, Carolyn Arthur,  Roxie Langham,  Medical staff and essential workers,  Shirley Andrews, Mike and Marcia Patrick, Dot Watterson, Bob Moore, Wayne Freeman, Jackie Causey, Mary McCullough,  Vee Russell, Peggy Best, Joe Thomas, Bob Rogers,  Lisa Avant,  Sue Crunk, Alex Hendon, Mary Marlow, Charlotte Word, Margaret Loper, Connie Steele.

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