THE GATHERING AT BLUFF PARK

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The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worshiping community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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Second Sunday of Lent
February 28th, 2021

God Gathers Us Together

Welcome

Song: Graves Into Gardens”

Pastoral Greeting

We Listen for God’s Word

Song: “Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)”

Song: “Called Me Higher”

Prayer and Scripture Reading
John 9:1-12, 25

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Sermon – Anchors Aweigh”

We Respond to God’s Word

Song: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)”

We Feast at God’s Table

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

The Humble Creed
I believe in God, the creator of heaven and earth,
Who gave human beings free will
And entrusted this precious world to us.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord,
Who was born in a manger by Mary,
Refusing to seek power,
And turning away the sword,
He died for us, the Lamb of God.
But rose again on the third day,
Bringing life and hope to all.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
and in the holy, apostolic, and universal church,
which is among us and beyond us, before us and after us.
I believe in a church comprised of sinners and saints,
imperfect and in need of grace,
yet blessed – the body of Christ.
I believe in the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

ALL:
Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings

Communion

Song: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)”

We are Sent Out to Love and Serve

Announcements

Benediction

Fabric Donations Needed
The Thursday Quilting Group needs your fabric to make quilts for homeless kids. They’ll take sheets, pillow cases, and more. You can bring your donations to the church and leave them in the closet in the Seekers’ classroom. If you have questions or need to arrange for someone to pick-up your fabric, call Barbara Hollifield at 1-817-807-3936. Include your name, phone number and email with your donation and they will send you pictures each month of the 5 quilts they deliver to First Light of Birmingham.

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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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

The family of Jean Shaw, Kathy Bains and family, Bob Brooks, Pat Reese, Rollina Oglesbay, 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.

Prayers for Our World:

For all across the United States and beyond who have been affected by extreme weather.

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