“Be still and know that I am God!”
Sung Response: Be still and know that I am God (3x)
Call to Worship
One: We are gathered here on the first Sunday of Lent.
All: It is a season of mystery.
One: It marks the time of Jesus’ journey in the wilderness.
All: Can we go with him on this journey?
One: Yes. Jesus invites us on this journey to discover more about ourselves, to discover more about his way, and to discover the kingdom of Heaven.
All: Come, let us go with Jesus on this journey.
(written by Fern Gibbard. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 29. Used with permission)
* Opening Hymn VU #113 – “To the Desert Jesus Came
Prayer of Approach and Confession
Gracious God, this Lenten Journey seems so long at times, and we become impatient. We want to ask “Are we there yet?” and fast-forward to the joy of Easter. But we know the destination brings horror first—and then hope. Loving God, strengthen us for the days ahead as we walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem and the cross, toward his dying and his promise of a new life. May we find the blessing in this journey, but as we begin our Lenten journey, O God, we must come to terms with the times when we did not trust, when we did not act according to our faith, when we followed other paths that took us away from you. Bless us and forgive us, and show us the way forward as we seek to walk with Jesus. Amen. (adapted from Susan Ivaney. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, pages 31, 32. Used with permission)
Assurance of Pardon / Passing of the Peace (written by Sandy Ferguson. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 34. Used with permission)
Time for All Ages / The Lord’s Prayer
* Hymn VU #115 – “Jesus, Tempted in the Desert”
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91 VU #808 (remain seated)
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
* Hymn MV #65 – “When We are Tested”
Meditation – “Wandering in the Wilderness”
(a quiet time for your personal reflection and prayer)
Anthem – “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”
* Offering / Response: (VU #541)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise God, all creatures high and low,
Give thanks to God in love made known,
Creator, Word and Spirit One. Amen.
Offering Dedication (written by Kate Crawford. Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 35. Used with permission)
Prayers of the People
*Closing Hymn VU #651 – “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah”
* Commissioning / Benediction (written by Doug Reid, Gathering, Lent/Easter 2019, page 38. Used with permission)
* Response (VU #108)
Throughout these Lenten days and nights
we turn to walk the inward way,
Where meeting Christ, our guide and light,
we live in hope til Easter Day.
Today’s bulletin is sponsored by Patricia Todd In loving memory of Larry Todd.
Thank you to the Worship Council of WPUC for supplying today’s liturgy.