Order of Worship
Second Sunday of Lent – The Journey
February 28, 2021

Organ Prelude
Welcome to the Journey
Today we journey a journey through the season of Lent.  This journey mirrors the journey of life and like life this journey invites us to journey in trust: trust in each other, trust and God, and trust in where we need to be in life.  Along the way there are signposts that mark our path.  Each week we invite you to pause and reflect on the signposts along your journey.  Welcome to Lent! Enjoy the journey!

Call to Worship 
One:   We who fear the marvels of creation
All:      have come to praise the Creator.
One: Our Creator does not hide from the hardship and suffering of our world.
All:      In the midst of suffering, our Creator finds ways to satisfy the hungry and provide deliverance to the oppressed.
One:   From generation to generation,
All:      we come to celebrate our Creator, who seeks goodness for all creation.

Opening Prayer 
Blessed Creator,
from generation to generation,
we bless your holy name,
and marvel at the magnificent things that you have done.
We offer you our gratitude and praise through today’s worship,
may it please you.
We ask that your Holy Spirit intercede on our behalf,
when we struggle to articulate how much you truly mean to us,
and how grateful we are for this time together. Amen.

Prayer of Confession
Creator God,
Forgive us for the many ways we try to profit by the world’s standards:
seeking fame over pride
wealth over integrity
comfort over justice.
Hold us to a higher standard where we weigh
hope over fear
love over indifference and
divine things over human things.
Have mercy on us, we pray
In Jesus’s name,

Words of affirmation
Remember, God’s goodness is forever, and God’s mercies will always endure.

Storytelling                                Stories with Sara
Sharing of Scripture                                 Genesis 9: 8-17
Message in Music
Message                  “From Generation to Generation”                    Rev. Laura McLeod and the Zoom Youth Group
Journey Song – A Time of Contemplation
Prayer of Dedication
May these gifts build on the legacy that we will leave for future generations.
May ours be a legacy of justice, hope, faith and, most importantly, love.

A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Loving parent,
hoping against hope,
we come to you in prayer,
expecting that you will use our desires to call into existence things that do not yet exist in our world,
but are plentiful in yours.
We dream of a just peace in places stricken by oppression and violence…
We dream of loving-kindness among people afflicted by prejudice and hate…
We dream of abundant life in communities suffering from generational trauma…
We dream of healing mercies in people living with devastating illness…
We dream of your reign here on earth, as it is in heaven.
And so, with our siblings and cousins in the faith, from generation to generation, we join in the prayer that Jesus taught…
Our Father…Amen.

May the Triune love of the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, Mother, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with you now and always.
May the God of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar bless you.
May the goodness of this blessing live on in the lives and ministries of future generations.
May your blessing give rise to nations of peace and communities of love.

Organ Postlude

Sharing of Scripture                                 Genesis 9:8-17
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

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