Second Sunday in Lent: Bulletin & Readings for March 13, 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, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Reader:  JoAnn

1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 8But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

17When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Psalm 27 Reader:  Verna

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom then shall I fear?
       the Lord is the strength of my life;
       of whom then shall I be afraid?
When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh,
       it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who
                             stumbled and fell.
Though an army should encamp against me,
       yet my heart shall not be afraid;
And though war should rise up against me,
       yet will I put my trust in him.
One thing have I asked of the Lord;
   one thing I seek; *
       that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days
                            of my life;
To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
       and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                           in his shelter;
       he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
       and set me high upon a rock.
Even now he lifts up my head
       above my enemies round about me.
Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
   with sounds of great gladness;
       I will sing and make music to the Lord.
10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call;
       have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”
       Your face, Lord, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me,
       nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

13 You have been my helper;
     cast me not away;
       do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14 Though my father and my mother forsake me,
       the Lord will sustain me.
15 Show me your way, O Lord;
       lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries,
       for false witnesses have risen up against me,
       and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
    that I should see the goodness of the Lord
       in the land of the living!
18 O tarry and await the Lord’s pleasure;
    be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;
       wait patiently for the Lord.

The Second Reading 

Philippians 3:17-4:1 Reader:  JoAnn

17Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (13:31-35)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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,
Called to be Love and Light,
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: Hank A

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 values 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

We are collecting donation for Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine. If you’d like to make a donation, please do so via your preferred method (electronically or in-person) and indicate that your donation is for Doctors without Borders.

During the season of Lent, Don Roberts will be holding a Lenten discussion via zoom every Wednesday at 7 PM. The discussion will use the readings from the previous Sunday’s church service, guided by the online resource book, “Repairing the Breach“. No sign-up is required; if interested in joining please click here on Wednesday evening at 7 PM to join the zoom session. (Note: This link is ONLY for the Wednesday night discussion and will not work for any other event)

Don would also like you to know – For those that would like a daily Bible read coupled with edgy thought for the 40 days of Lent, there’s an app for that on your smart phone or tablet — “Into the Desert”– made available by the same folks who developed the study guide (above).

From the Sunday School: Special event coming in March to celebrate the miracles of Jesus. Details to follow.

Prayer List

The Family of Roy Holloway
The Family of Gary Chapman

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
George Solter by Family
In celebration of Ethel Stephenson by Kate Stephenson

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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