First Sunday in Lent: Bulletin & Readings for March 6, 2022

This bulletin includes the order of service for the Season of Lent. The items in bold italics are intended for the congregation’s response.

Opening Hymn

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of life. Amen.

Opening Sentence, Prayer and Kyrie

Bless God, who forgives all our sins.

God’s mercy endures through everything.

God of growth and transformation, you promise us abundant new life. Teach us to welcome the discomfort and challenge of growth as part of the meaning of picking up our cross to follow you. Help us to carry our share of the world’s burden so all may know your liberating love. Amen.

(Silent Reflection)

For the times we prize selfish ends over the well-being of others.

Lord, have mercy.

For the ways in which we treat others as less than ourselves, based on what we see instead of seeing through the eyes of Christ.

Christ, have mercy.

For the ways in which fear, anger, and prejudice get in the way of love.

Lord, have mercy.

Confession of Sin

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another, that we may turn towards God and begin our effort towards repentance.

Holy God, have mercy on us and forgive us. We have set our customs above your law and have placed our faith in authorities other than you. We have insisted on our own comfort to the neglect and indifference of our neighbors. We have acted to preserve our own self-interest in the face of suffering. We have lacked creativity and compassion when envisioning solutions to the challenges many of your children face.

We are sorry. We humbly repent. Grant us the gift of hearts that grieve injustice, greed, hatred, and fear. Make us steadfast in faith and give us the courage to follow you, carrying our cross. Amen.

Hear the promise of God, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist: you are saved by faith and your sin is forgiven. Through God’s love, mercy, and justice, and by God’s choosing, you have been set free from sin. Now, with renewed hearts, let us serve others and honor the world God made, knowing the good news we have received is for all people. Amen.

Collect of the Day

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Reader:  Keishna

1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, 5you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, 7we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8The Lordbrought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Reader:  Lisa D

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
       abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
He shall say to the Lord,
  “You are my refuge and my stronghold,
       my God in whom I put my trust.”
Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
       and the Most High your habitation,
10 There shall no evil happen to you,
       neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you,
       to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands,
       lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder;
       you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
                              under your feet.
14 Because he is bound to me in love,
     therefore will I deliver him;
       I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I am with him in trouble;
       I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,
       and show him my salvation.

The Second Reading 

Romans 10:8b-13 Reader:  Keishna

8“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (4:1-13)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” 5Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,10for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 12Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Sermon – The Rev. Fletcher Harper

The Prayers

A Contemporary Creed

We believe in one God, the Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
Source of all life and all love.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son,
Fully God, fully human,
Savior of the world,
The risen King of kings.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
The very breath and power of God,
Sustainer of our life in Christ.

We believe in the church, Christ’s body,
God’s family for the spiritually homeless,
To pursue justice and show mercy,
To proclaim the Good News of Christ,
To work for the common good of humanity.
Amen.

Prayers of the People

Reader: Helen

At this time of great crisis for so many of your children and for our precious planet, we come to you God, imploring your help and inspiration

In Lent, we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to pray.  We pray that during this Lent we, too, take the time to look into our own lvalues and our relationship with God. We pray to the Lord​     

Lord, hear our prayer

We are all tempted to do wrong from time to time. We pray that we, like Jesus, have the strength to resist temptation and to do what is right. We pray to the Lord​   

Lord, hear our prayer

Almighty God, Loving Father, we pray for the people of Ukraine and others afflicted by violence, for  those suffering or afraid, for the wounded and the refugee. Be close to them and protect them. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for world leaders, that compassion, strength and wisdom guide them in their decision making. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for the better-off nations of the world, that in this and every moment of need, they may reach out in solidarity to their brothers and sisters. We pray to the Lord​    

Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for this beautiful Earth, that an unstoppable movement arise in a spirit of determination to protect it.  We pray to the Lord.

Lord hear our prayer

We bow our heads, close our eyes, and remember in silence our own personal intentions, for those who have asked for our prayers, for those sick or suffering.  (Silence) We pray to the Lord​    

Lord hear our prayer

We remember those who have died – those whom we love, and all those we do not know but who are precious in God’s sight. (Silence)  We pray to the Lord.

Lord hear our prayer

We pray, Lord, that these our prayers, joined with those of people around the world, help guide those waging war on people and planet alike bring an end to this meaningless destruction and restore peace. We make these prayers through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

Announcements

From the Sunday SchoolSpecial event coming in March to celebrate the miracles of Jesus. Details to follow.

Prayer List

Gary

Add a name to the prayer list by sending an email to prayers@oursavioursecaucus.church

Birthdays

Helen 3/9, Shanna 3/21, Swarna 3/21

If we missed your birthday, you can let us know when it is through the member portal, tell Hank, Susan or Shanna, or send an email to webmaster@oursavioursecaucus.church

Flowers:  Jennifer Susan Kent by Ruth Angelo

The Holy Communion

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.   Ephesians 5:2

During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.

Doxology

Praise god from whom all blessings flow. Praise them all creatures here below. Praise god above the heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.

The Great Thanksgiving

God is here

All is not lost

May our hearts be open

And able to receive

Let us give thanks for grace unending

That our world might one day be restored

We lift up our praise to you, Holy God of justice, who has promised to restore the beautiful Earth in which power is returned to those to whom it has been denied. God, who sent your son Jesus Christ to call for repentance from sin and proclaim freedom to the oppressed, in these forty days lead us into the desert of accountability. As Christ rejected The Deceiver while in the desert, call us to reject the demons of our time, cleansing the spirits of individualism and defensiveness, perfectionism and fear. Help us grow in wisdom and compassion that we may be the Body of Christ made whole once again. When we hide in our own comfort, challenge us. When we hoard power, humble us. When we see only one way, open before us new paths leading towards peace rooted in equity. As we prepare for the Easter feast, let us be joyful that you have prepared a seat for your whole human family and for all Creation at your table, calling us to join with angels and saints of every race and culture, praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy God, giver of gospel and law, heaven and earth reflect your beautiful diversity.

We adore you God. Blessed is the Savior who comes to bring the Holy Advocate into our world.

We adore you God.

God, our creator, you gave your only child to model for us the giving up of earthly power, radical love of neighbor, and sharing of all possessions, even giving up life and breath in the name of love.

On the night he was betrayed, our Savior took bread, and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the disciples saying “Take; eat; this is my body given over to you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 

After supper, he took the cup and when he had given thanks, he shared freely, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

With this bread, strengthen us for the Lenten journey of self-reflection, repentance, and Atonement. 

With this wine, fill us with the fire to follow your call to deny ourselves and pick up our cross, the struggles we ourselves must face.

Knowing Jesus came to proclaim Good News to the poor and to free the oppressed, surrendering life for our salvation, we remember Jesus’ sacrificial passion. We proclaim his resurrection and the defeat of death. We live into the hope that he will return to restore our divided and unbalanced world. 

Send now, we pray, the breath of Your Wisdom to permeate these gifts of bread and wine, that we may take into ourselves the Holy Spirit who is truth and conviction.

Through, with, and in Jesus, unified in the Holy Spirit, our gratitude and praise are yours, O God, now and forever. 

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, in the words that Jesus taught us, we pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven. hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kindgom come. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast.

These are the gifts of God for you, the people of God.

The congregation receives communion.

(AT THE COMMUNION: We encounter the Real Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this Sacrament of Holy Communion. All who desire a closer relationship with God are encouraged to come forward: for a Blessing or, if you are baptized, for the Bread and Wine. NOTE: Until all restrictions have been lifted, only the bread is offered for communion.)

(Please form a distanced line in the aisle and come forward to receive from the priest.)

Prayer after Communion

Holy God, through your death, we are fed with the bread of life. Let us follow your way to the cross, to be for others a sign of your compassion and life. As you have fed us, let us go out to be part of feeding the world. Amen.

Blessing

May God lead you to openness that grants understanding.
May God guide you to accountability that begins restoration.
May God inspire you to transforming love that celebrates all people and all creation.

Closing Hymn

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Credits

Disrupt Worship Project, adapted by Fletcher Harper https://www.disruptworshipproject.com/lent-2021-christ-have-mercy/ 

Contemporary Creed – https://brandonacox.com/modern-creed/Prayers of the People – https://acireland.ie/prayers-of-the-faithful-4-2-2/

Ministers in this Service

Service Leader: Fletcher

Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J

Verger/Tech Vergers: Hank & Shanna

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