Words for Worship – 2/21/21 (1st Sunday of Lent)
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent and we’re going to be re-introducing our PRISM Groups. Prism is a vivid image that captures two of Jesus’s more familiar sayings: “I am the light of the world” and “You are the light of the world.” Our PRISM Groups are the way in which we answer Jesus’s call to community, both support and outreach. The “P” stands for “Participation.” All the words we’ll be using for worship this Sunday are below, but you can download and print a copy here.
Prelude My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Call to Worship – Psalm 15
O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honor those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.
Song – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise #579
Prayer of Confession
Most High and holy God, you have welcomed us into your house. We can hardly claim to be blameless. Some of us have a clear sense of the sin we’ve committed. Others aren’t so sure. Some of us are too hard on ourselves. Others are too lenient with themselves. But, together, we are beginning a Lenten journey. 40 days to become the kind of people who do what is right and speak the truth from their heart. Bless us all with your Holy Spirit so that we can let go of the sin that clings to us and take hold of the new life in Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Song – Beautiful One #607
Words of Assurance
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world…I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Let your light shine before others that they might see your good works and give glory to our Father in heaven.
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Anthem – Good, Good Father
Scripture – Luke 10:25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ 27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ 28And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Sermon – “PRISM: P Is For Participate”
Song – I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light #730
Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
Offertory – He Knows My Name (see #339)
Sending Song – I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me #854