March 6 Service

Prelude                                  

*Processional              

In this place, among these people, God is worshipped, God is praised. We have seen the signs and wonders; the lost are found here, the dead are raised. We are living the Gospel story; lives are changed and mountains moved. Won’t you come and work among us? You are welcomed, you are loved.

Welcome and Announcements

* Opening Litany

L When God speaks, God acts. God’s speaking is bound to God’s being.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is God speaking and revealing himself to us.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the Word of God present for us.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise, and the assurance that God will keep every promise he has made.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the proof that God will do what he has said. Jesus is the comfort and the encouragement that we will share in the completion of all God’s wonderful plans.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.

Hymn              “Standing on the Promises”              Hymnal #374

Prayers of the People

Children’s Time        After prayers – Sing the Children Out      

Jesus Loves Me” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Confession And Absolution

L Talk is cheap. There is an enormous gulf between a word said and a deed done. We know too well the pain of broken promises and the hurt caused by empty assurances. People have failed us. But we know that we also struggle to keep our word. We have caused and continue to cause our own hurt and pain. We have failed others. We have failed God.

C Lord God, I have not been faithful. I have made promises that I could not keep. I have spoken a word of agreement and then forgotten to uphold it. I have given assurances and then failed to follow through. I have committed and then changed my mind when it became difficult. Forgive me for my empty words. Forgive me for my broken promises. Forgive me for being faithless.

L When we are faithless, he remains faithful. God has promised always to forgive the repentant sinner. There is no doubt, then: God knows your failure and your sin, and he forgives you for all of it. Take heart; your failures have all been forgiven. God has promised it, and he always keeps every promise. Amen.

First Reading …       Psalm 15
Second Reading …2 Timothy 2:8-14
Gospel Reading … Matthew 26:30-35, 69-75

Morning Message           Pastor Terri –  “Broken Promises”

The Great Thanksgiving

*Hymn      “Where Charity and Love Prevail”      Hymnal # 549

Prayer and Benediction  

 

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