Order of Worship February 21, 2021                                                      First Sunday in Lent


Prelude    “Prelude in F”    J. S. Bach

Call to Worship                                                                                                Tom and Maureen Upton
    Good and upright is the Lord,
        God leads the humble in what is right.
    God makes known the way of righteousness,
        And teaches the Lord’s paths.

Opening Prayer
  Almighty God, whose blessed Son endured the temptations of the devil to show us the way of obedience:   Grant that we, who through our own infirmity have fallen to our adversary, maybe delivered by the intervention of His passion;   Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns for ever more. Amen.    [TJC after the Gregorian Sacramentary]

Hymn                                  “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days””                                    #269

Prayer Before the Word                                                                                                       Sandy Green

First Lesson                                               Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm                                                          Psalm 25:1-10

Children’s Time                                                                                                              Kasey P. Lindsay

Gospel                                                        Mark 1:9-15

Message                                              “Covenant Even So”                               Pastor Gilbert Stones

Hymn                                         “Jesus, Tempted in the Desert”                                                #2105

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer Interlude
The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                            Scott Danielson
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who
    sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Offering    [Click here to go to online giving]

Offertory                                                      “Thy Word”                   Amy Grant, arr. Douglas Wagner

Prayer of Dedication

Hymn                                          “Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day”                                               #411

                                        Join us on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. for fellowship.

Song of Blessing:                                                                                                        “Shalom to You”   

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children's Time

We're doing something a little different this week, something abstract and a little vague.

This week I wanted to talk about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that took place in the 1950s.

It was a peaceful protest that Black people in Alabama participated in for over a year

so that there would no longer be discrimination on city buses.

Today's scripture from Genesis seemed to correlate perfectly

with a story of a people finding strength in God's promises of justice.

We'll talk more about the Bus Boycott next week and perhaps this video will then make more sense!

For now enjoy Mrs. Green's telling of the beautiful covenant God has made with Noah and the Earth.