A Service of Worship for the Lord's Day


2nd Sunday in Lent 

February 25, 2018 

Prelude                                                  Mrs. Lynn Patterson 

*Welcome and Greeting 

Leader: We gather today in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May His Peace be with you all. 

People: And also with you. 

( Please take a moment to greet one another as the people of God) 

Announcements and Opportunities for Service 

(Please sign the Friendship Register found in your pew) 

Choral Introit 

*Call to Worship (Adapted from Psalm 22) 

Leader: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; 

People: and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.Leader: For dominion belongs to the Lord, People: and he rules over the nations. 

Leader: To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;

People: before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and we shall live for him. 

*Prayer of Dedication for Our New Hymnals 

Leader: We present these hymnals to the glory of God and for service in the life of this congregation. Let us pray: Eternal God, we thank you for the gifts of music and song through which creation has offered you praise and thanksgiving, confession and lament, prayers and petitions. May this new hymnal inspire our own songs in times of joy and sorrow. Enable us to sing in one voice as your gathered people, and to join in harmony with all who worship you. By your grace, may the words and melodies shape our faith for years to come, and in ways that forever give glory to you, the Triune God. Amen.

*Hymn 39    “Great Is Thy Faithfulness ” 

(The ushers will collect prayer cards during the singing of this hymn.) 

*Call to Confession (adapted from Psalm 34.18) 

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Let us admit our sins before God. 

*Silent Prayer 

*Prayer of Confession 

God our Father, we confess that all too often we forget to pray. And even when we remember to pray, we expect little or no response. Forgive us, Lord, and remind us that you are always listening and always anxious to spend time with us in prayer. Even though we may not understand your answers or why certain things happen, please help us to hold onto your promise to love us and walk with us throughout our journey in this life. All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

*Assurance of Pardon 

*Gloria Patri     (Hymn 581 )

Special Music                     Sanctuary Choir 

Children’s Sermon Five Cents-A-Meal Offering 

(We invite All God’s Children from birth through 2nd grade to join us downstairs following the Children’s Sermon )

Prayer for Illumination 


Old Testament lesson Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16 OT 12 

New Testament lesson Romans 4.13-25 NT 135 

Gospel Mark 8.31-38 NT 38 

Leader: The Word of the Lord. 

People: Thanks be to God. 

Our Worship Reader for this morning is Dick Beard. 

Sermon       “Great Faith…but first ”

*Hymn 817       “We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight ”

*Affirmation of Faith The Apostles’ Creed (p. 35)

Joys and Concerns of the Church Prayers of the People 

Offering of Tithes and Gifts 


*Doxology     (Hymn 606 ) 

*Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer (p. 35) 

*Hymn 838      “Standing on the Promises ” 


*Choral Benediction 



USHERS: George & Marian Moyer 

               Charlisle & Kathy Whitlock