Gathering Music: #452 “Open the Eyes of My Heart” ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
- Correction to last week’s bulletin: The poem “The Bright Field” was by R.S. Thomas, quoted by Malcom Guite
- Bible Study on today’s Gospel passage in Mark tomorrow at 10:00 AM
- Session Meeting tomorrow at 11:00 AM
- There may be a slight time shift for worship beginning next week, March 7th as we work out Pastor Scott holding services for both Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake. Stay tuned to our invitation to worship later this week.
Prelude: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” arr. Fred Bock
Call to Worship
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in love.
Jesus calls us to be his disciples.
We take up the cross to follow him.
Let us pray:
Prayer of the Day
God, your Son Jesus Christ bore the cross for our salvation and was raised from the dead for the redemption of the world. Give us the courage to take up our cross and follow him, that through his grace we may accept the cost of discipleship and receive the joy of everlasting life with Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Invitation to Healing
The prophet Joel cried out: “Return to the Lord with all your heart…for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” Let us pray together:
Prayer of Wholeness
Merciful God, we confess that we have not been sincere in our faith. We claim to follow Jesus but have not taken his path of sacrificial love. We profess to be disciples, but we are not willing to bear the cost of discipleship. We affirm the virtue of self-denial, but we indulge our selfish desires and seek earthly gain. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for sincere repentance through Jesus Christ, our Lord… Please continue in silent prayer
Lenten Hymn: “Create in Me a Clean Heart” Campfire p. 32 ~ Pastor Scott
Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
Sung Response #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!” ~ Pastor Scott
Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work
Hymn #544: “Bless the Lord” (Repeat 3x) ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
Merciful God, your Word is our way of truth and life. Create in us hearts that are clean and put your Holy Spirit within us, so that we may receive your grace and declare your praise forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Romans 4:13-25
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Overlapping Stories” ~ Pastor Scott Crane
Please spend several moments in silent reflection
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn: #718 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31
To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other.
Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”
The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Postscript” ~ Seamus Heaney
And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on the one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.
Doxology Using Hymn #606 text from #607
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Christ all creatures here below!
Praise Holy Spirit evermore!
Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!
Prayer of Dedication:
Almighty God, we thank you for the covenant you established with Abraham and Sarah, which you have opened to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Accept these offerings with the dedication of our lives, that we may be for the world a sign of your abiding love and a testament to your enduring promise. In Christ, by the power of the holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God, now and forever. Amen.
Closing Hymn #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”
The Lord Jesus said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lenten Study Questions: Second Sunday in Lent February 28, 2021
Read Mark 8:31-38 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections. For those who wish in-person Bible Study we will discuss your thoughts Monday, March 1st at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room.
Who is teaching?
Who is listening at the beginning of this text?
Who is listening after verse 34?
Who else speaks in this text?
Who is included in “Get behind me Satan!”
Who does Jesus claim to be?
Why would the Son of Man be “ashamed?”
Why do you suppose Jesus teaches about his impending death and resurrection?
Why do you suppose Peter rebukes him?
Do you think Peter still doesn’t know who Christ is and why he has come?
In your opinion, which is easier, the path of insurrection or the path of suffering?
Why do you think one must lose one’s life to gain it? What does that mean?
Why do you think Son of Man would be “ashamed” (vs. 38) if Jesus/God is all loving and all forgiving through Christ?
Do you think Jesus is talking about a second physical coming in verse 38? Why or why not?
If you were in the crowd what questions would you want to ask the Teacher?
Have you ever felt like Peter gets the short stick here? What would you do in his shoes?
What would it look like for you to “lose your life?”
What would you “gain” from following the path of Christ?
What is keeping you from following Christ with all your being?
Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above.
 Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014), 49.