Home Worship for

March 7 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.


If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!

Prelude: A Lenten Meditation

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Opening Prayer: A Prayer of Approach

(based on Exodus 20: 1-17)


We acknowledge you, O God, as creator and as liberator.

You are the One who brought the captives out of Egypt and delivered them from the oppression of slavery.

You gave laws which shaped how people were to relate to you, to each other and to the whole environment.

You implored people to worship only you, knowing that whatever was put in your place

would become the object of idolatry— would become the priority of people's lives.


In this time of worship, help us to focus on you, O God, as the priority of our lives.

Remind us of your steadfast love revealed so clearly in the new commandment of love which Jesus disclosed with his life and, as we especially remember in this period of Lent, with his death.

Speak to us anew as we offer this prayer and our worship in Jesus' name and for his sake. Amen.


— written by Moira Laidlaw and posted on Liturgies Online. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/prayer-of-approach-exodus-20.html

Oh How He Loves You and Me

Verse 1

Oh how He loves you and me. Oh how He loves you and me.

He gave His life, What more could He give?

Oh how He loves you. Oh how He loves me.

Oh how He loves you and me.


Verse 2

Jesus to Calv'ry did go, His love for sinners to show

What He did there, Brought hope from despair.

Oh how He loves you, Oh how He loves me.

Oh how He loves you and me.


CCLI Song # 15850. Kurt Kaiser © 1975 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)  All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.

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Confession

(inspired by Exodus 20:1-17)


Leader: God gave us the covenant of the law to guide us and help us live with our neighbors in love.


People: When we break God’s law of love, we leave our neighbors hurt and bruised.


Leader: God’s law is a gift to us, showing us how to keep our part of the covenant.


People: Even through old pain and wounds, may we embrace the new life that Christ can bring.

Words of Assurance

Leader: May the God of the law guide us in living lives that keep the covenant of love.


People: May Christ’s forgiveness grant us new life, even when we break God’s law.


Leader: May the Holy Spirit of conviction lead us to confession and renewal.


People: May we respond in love to the God of covenant and change. Amen.


— written by Rev. Dr. Emily K. Bisset. Produced by Presbyterian World Service & Development and posted on their website. Visit that site for other good Lenten prayers and worship resources. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/confession-lent-3-b.html

The Love Connection Interview 2 - Jeff Yordy

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Message: "The Dreamers"

Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee

Love Is the Way Series

Don't be afraid to dream audacious dreams.


Scripture Genesis 45:1-5 NRSV

Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers


45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.


4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.


New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Special Music: Trust and Obey

Verse 1

When we walk with the Lord, In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way.

While we do His good will, He abides with us still

And with all who will trust and obey.


Chorus

Trust and obey, For there's no other way

To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey


Verse 2

Not a shadow can rise, Not a cloud in the skies

But His smile quickly drives it away

Not a doubt nor a fear, Not a sigh nor a tear

Can abide while we trust and obey


Verse 3

Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share

But our toil He doth richly repay

Not a grief nor a loss, Not a frown nor a cross

But is blessed if we trust and obey


Verse 4

But we never can prove, The delights of His love

Until all on the altar we lay

For the favor He shows, And the joy He bestows

Are for those who will trust and obey


Verse 5

Then in fellowship sweet, We will sit at His feet

Or we'll walk by His side in the way

What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go

Never fear only trust and obey


CCLI Song # 22094. Daniel Brink Towner | John Henry Sammis © Words: Public Domain. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com. CCLI License # 625707.

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Offering and Offering Prayer

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Offering Prayer: God of holiness and grace, we know the words of your commandments. In our hearts, we know that following them makes life easier, not harder; fuller, not more restricted. We know there is no God greater than you, yet we have made the silliest things our gods and have thrown our money and resources after them. As we offer our gifts this day, we are reminded that only you have given the gift of a savior and the redemption of our rebellious lives. In Christ’s name, we trust and pray. Amen. (Exodus 20:1-17)

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021, from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.


1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm: Psalm 19

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Gospel: John 2:13-22


https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/