Praising God Together
*Wherever We Are*
Zoom Link for Sunday 10 AM Bible Study & 11 AM Worship
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
2nd Sunday in Lent
February 28, 2021
Call to Worship
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)
Confession of Sin
Leader Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All: Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Leader Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Opening Hymn – The God of Abraham H82 #401 vv1-3
1. The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;
Ancient of everlasting days, and God of love;
The Lord, the great I AM, by earth and heaven confessed:
We bow and bless the sacred Name for ever blest.
2. He by himself hath sworn: we on his oath depend;
We shall, on eaglewings upborne, to heaven ascend:
We shall behold his face, we shall his power adore,
And sing the wonders of his grace for evermore.
3. There dwells the Lord, our King, the Lord our Righteousness,
Triumphant o’er the world and sin, the Prince of Peace;
On Zion’s sacred height his kingdom he maintains,
And, glorious with his saints in light, for ever reigns.
Leader Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, Who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Joel 2:13)
Reader Jesus said, “If any would come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
A Reading from Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
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.”
Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to God’s People. Thanks be to God.
A Reading from Romans 4:13-25
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel Hymn – Take up your Cross H82 #675
1. Take up your cross, the Savior said,
if you would my disciple be;
Take up your cross with willing heart,
and humbly follow after me.
2. Take up your cross, let not its weight
fill your weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
and brace your heart, and nerve your arm.
3. Take up your cross, heed not the shame,
and let your foolish heart be still;
The Lord for you accepted death
upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.
4. Take up your cross, then, in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave:
It guides you to abundant life
and leaves to victory o’er the grave.
5. Take up your cross, and follow Christ,
nor think thill death to lay it down;
For only those who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Mark 8:31-38
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ!
Message / Community Reflections
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers of God’s People
22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *
“May your heart live for ever!”
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, *
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *
he rules over the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.
God, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
That we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
That your name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favor in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.
Give to the departed eternal rest.
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
The Collect (Prayer 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.
A Prayer for Grace
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day; Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I ask your prayers for the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
(Pause for prayers)
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
(Pause for prayers)
We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
(Pause for prayers)
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we boldly pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom 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, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Blessing our Lives
Birthday Prayer: O God, our times are in your hands. Look with favor, we pray, on your servant(s)________, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN – Where He leads me LEVAS #144
1. I can hear my Savior calling (3 x)
“Take thy cross and follow, follow me.”
WHERE HE LEADS ME I WILL FOLLOW (3 x)
I’LL GO WITH HIM, WITH HIM ALL THE WAY.
2. I’ll go with Him through the garden (3 x)
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.
3. I’ll go with Him through the judgement (3 x)
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.
4. He will give me grace and glory (3 x)
And go with me, with me all the way.
Presider The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.
Deacon Let us go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
People Thanks be to God.
Our worship is over, now our service begins.