March 9, 2014 ~ 10:30am
First Sunday of Lent
The People of Peace Church
Judy Hlina, Interpreter
Landon Dahl, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude ~Darin Bergsven
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
God is Revealed as We Gather
Responsive Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
Jesus began his ministry to the world, led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us be led by the Spirit, even into the uncomfortable places.
In those forty days, and in that place, Jesus was faced with hunger, doubt, and temptation.
As we seek to follow Jesus, we too will be led, even into the uncomfortable choices.
Jesus left the wilderness, faithful and obedient to God, rejoicing in the One in whom he trusted.
As we continue together on our path to faithfulness,
we will be led by Jesus, rejoicing in our God.
*Opening Hymn “Come Thou Fount…” (#250 red hymnal)
Unison Prayer of Confession
Catch us in our anxious scurrying Lord and hold us in this Lenten season. Hold our feet to the fire of your grace and make us more attentive to our own mortality that we may begin to die now to those things that keep us from living fully with you and with our neighbors: to grudges and indifference, to certainties that smother possibilities, and to our fear of dying someday that eats away the wonder of this day and the adventure of losing our lives in order to find them in you.
Assurance of Pardon
Children’s Time Mark Hakes, Youth and Children’s Ministry
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
Anthem “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” Gudrun Witrak, soloist
Sermon “Wilderness Companions”
Hymn “O God, How We Have Wandered” (#202 black hymnal)
We Respond to God’s Presence
Shared Ministry Moment “Acting for Justice Hub”
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen
Sharing our Offerings
Offertory ~Darin Bergsven
*The Thanksgiving “We Give Thee But Thine Own”
(#351 red hymnal)
Prayer of Dedication
*Closing Hymn “Just As I Am” (#207 black hymnal)