Worship with Communion March 7, 2021 the Third Sunday in Lent

THE GATHERING

Bowl & Flame (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM Download bulletin here: MT Bulletin 3-7-2021 L3)

Gathering Music: “Sanctuary” Campfire Songbook p. 36 ~ Pastor Scott (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “Be Thou My Vision”  (Mt. Tabor, Recorded, 9:00 AM)

Prelude: “Softly and Tenderly arr. Joel Raney (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

 Call to Worship 

The heavens declare the glory of God,

The skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.

Jesus tells us to love our God with all our heart, soul, and might.

We try to return God’s love in our daily lives.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day

In our struggle to free ourselves from our self-centered ways, we often forget that your love for us is already at work in our deepest hurt. Help us, dear God, to draw ever closer to you in this time of Lent and always, so that we may grow into being our best selves through your love and the love of your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Hymn of Preparation: “Sanctuary” Coffeehouse Songbook p. 18 ~ Pastor Scott (Mt. Tabor, 9:00 AM)

Presbyterian Hymnal: #339 “Be Thou My Vision” (Trout Lake, 10:45 AM)

Invitation to Healing

The gift of God’s grace is lavished upon us, through the life and death of the risen Lord. Trusting in the love and goodness of God, let us seek wholeness.

Prayer of Healing

Merciful God, we confess that we have not always remembered to live by your commandments.  We often  place our trust in self-preservation rather than in your enduring love.  We bring false idols into the temple of our hearts. Forgive us, we pray. Overturn the tables of our false allegiances and replace them with true love of you and our neighbors through Jesus Christ, our Lord.      Please continue in prayer:

Kyrie: Glory to God Hymnal #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ 9 AM only Pastor Scott

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Glory to God Hymnal #544 “Bless the Lord” (3x) ~ 9 AM only: Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Sung Response: “The Thank You God Song” ~ Pastor Scott 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Merciful God, your Commandments show us the way of truth and life.  Create in us hearts that are dedicated to you and put your Holy Spirit within us, so that we may receive your grace and declare your praise forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 2:13-22

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Participatory Reflection on John 2:13-22 ~ Facilitated discussion (Mt. Tabor 9:00 AM)

Reflection: Temple Disturbances ~ Pastor Scott Crane, (Trout Lake 10:45 AM)

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD 

Hymn of Response: PH #521, GtG #523 “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” ~ 9 AM only: Pastor Scott

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31

To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other.

Interactive Intercessory Prayers of the People  ~ adapted from Iona Abbey

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Late Ripeness” ~ Czeslaw Milosz[1]

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Glory to God Hymnal #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy” ~ 9 AM only: Pastor Scott

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Therefore in time you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is the mystery of faith:

Glory to God Hymnal #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen” ~ 9 AM only: Pastor Scott

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn: Coffeehouse Songbook #T9, Glory to God Hymnal #205 “Live in Charity”

Charge:

The Lord Jesus said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

Benediction:

“Deep Peace be with you, Light Eternal shine upon you; like clear flowing springs within you, may the Breath of the Wind stir your souls.  May Love hold you, may Spirit guide you, all the days of your life.” ~ stc

 Friends, this worship has ended, let our service in the world and to one another begin.

Congregational Song “Go Now in Peace” ~ a capella (Mt. Tabor 9:00 AM)

“Go now in peace, Go now in peace.  May the love of God surround you,

Everywhere, Everywhere; You may go.”

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (Trout Lake 10:45 AM)

Lenten Study Questions: Third Sunday in Lent March 7, 2021

Trout Lake First Presbyterian Church’s Lenten Bible Study on the John passage will be Monday, March 8th at 10:00 AM in TLPC’s Zoom room.

Read John 2:13-22 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections on the following:

  • If you were in the crowd, how would you have reacted to Jesus?
  • What if you were a money changer?
  • What if you were a disciple present?
  • If there was one central message from this text that speaks to your heart, what would it be?
  • Think about your life for a moment. Is there anything as large and insurmountable in your life that you could stand up to as Jesus stood up to the religious establishment of his day? What is it? What is keeping you from standing up to it?

[1] Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014), 77.

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Worship February 28, 2021; The Second Sunday in Lent

Top 40 Worship Songs On The Cross For Holy Week And Lenten Season |  PraiseCharts

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: #452 “Open the Eyes of My Heart” ~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements

  • Correction to last week’s bulletin: The poem “The Bright Field” was by R.S. Thomas, quoted by Malcom Guite
  • Bible Study on today’s Gospel passage in Mark tomorrow at 10:00 AM
  • Session Meeting tomorrow at 11:00 AM
  • There may be a slight time shift for worship beginning next week, March 7th as we work out Pastor Scott holding services for both Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake.  Stay tuned to our invitation to worship later this week.

Prelude: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” arr. Fred Bock

Call to Worship

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in love.

Jesus calls us to be his disciples.

We take up the cross to follow him.

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

God, your Son Jesus Christ bore the cross for our salvation and was raised from the dead for the redemption of the world.  Give us the courage to take up our cross and follow him, that through his grace we may accept the cost of discipleship and receive the joy of everlasting life with Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”          

Invitation to Healing

The prophet Joel cried out: “Return to the Lord with all your heart…for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.”  Let us pray together:

Prayer of Wholeness

Merciful God, we confess that we have not been sincere in our faith.  We claim to follow Jesus but have not taken his path of sacrificial love.  We profess to be disciples, but we are not willing to bear the cost of discipleship.  We affirm the virtue of self-denial, but we indulge our selfish desires and seek earthly gain. Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for sincere repentance through Jesus Christ, our Lord…      Please continue in silent prayer

Lenten Hymn: “Create in Me a Clean Heart” Campfire p. 32 ~ Pastor Scott

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy!~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn #544: “Bless the Lord” (Repeat 3x) ~ Pastor Scott 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Merciful God, your Word is our way of truth and life.  Create in us hearts that are clean and put your Holy Spirit within us, so that we may receive your grace and declare your praise forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Romans 4:13-25

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Overlapping Stories~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #718 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31

To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other.

Intercessory-Prayers-of-the-People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Postscript” ~ Seamus Heaney

And some time make the time to drive out west

Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,

In September or October, when the wind

And the light are working off each other

So that the ocean on the one side is wild

With foam and glitter, and inland among stones

The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit

By the earthed lightning of flock of swans,

Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,

Their fully-grown headstrong-looking heads

Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.

Useless to think you’ll park or capture it

More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,

A hurry through which known and strange things pass

As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways

And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.[1]

Doxology Using Hymn #606 text from #607

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the covenant you established with Abraham and Sarah, which you have opened to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Accept these offerings with the dedication of our lives, that we may be for the world a sign of your abiding love and a testament to your enduring promise. In Christ, by the power of the holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God, now and forever.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

Charge:

The Lord Jesus said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

Benediction:

May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lenten Study Questions: Second Sunday in Lent February 28, 2021

Read Mark 8:31-38 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections. For those who wish in-person Bible Study we will discuss your thoughts Monday, March 1st at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room.

Informational Questions

Who is teaching?

Who is listening at the beginning of this text?

Who is listening after verse 34?

Who else speaks in this text?

Who is included in “Get behind me Satan!”

Who does Jesus claim to be?

Why would the Son of Man be “ashamed?”

Analytical Questions

Why do you suppose Jesus teaches about his impending death and resurrection?

Why do you suppose Peter rebukes him?

Do you think Peter still doesn’t know who Christ is and why he has come?

In your opinion, which is easier, the path of insurrection or the path of suffering?

Why do you think one must lose one’s life to gain it? What does that mean?

Why do you think Son of Man would be “ashamed” (vs. 38) if Jesus/God is all loving and all forgiving through Christ?

Do you think Jesus is talking about a second physical coming in verse 38? Why or why not?

Personalized Questions

If you were in the crowd what questions would you want to ask the Teacher?

Have you ever felt like Peter gets the short stick here?  What would you do in his shoes?

What would it look like for you to “lose your life?”

What would you “gain” from following the path of Christ?

What is keeping you from following Christ with all your being?

Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above.

[1] Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014), 49.

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Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Picture1GATHERING

Gathering Music/Prelude Hymn #187 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let us worship God:

God sent Christ into the world
 not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

God’s love endures forever.

God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble.

God’s love endures forever.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray:

Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and neighbors.  Call forth our prayers and acts of tenderness, and strengthen us to face our mortality, that we may reach with confidence for your mercy; in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

HYMN #166  “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days” (text of recording adds a verse between 2 and 3 and has a few altered words than the Glory to God Hymnal).

THE WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Let us pray:

God of all glory, by the wisdom of your Word
 and the pouring out of your Spirit, let the same mind be in us 
that is in Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

The word of the Lord.  “Thanks be to God!”

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

The word of the Lord.  “Thanks be to God!”

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

The Gospel of the Lord.  “Praise to you, O Christ!”

REFLECTION
: Ash Wednesday Reflection  ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

What does it mean to believe in
“the forgiveness of sins?”

That because of Jesus Christ, God no longer holds my sins against me. Christ alone is my righteousness and my life; Christ is my only hope.
 Grace alone, not my merits,
 is the basis on which
 God has forgiven me in him.  Faith alone, not my works, is the means by which
 I receive Christ into my heart, and with him the forgiveness that makes me whole.  Christ alone, grace alone, and faith alone bring the forgiveness I receive through the gospel.

Adapted from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Study Catechism, Question 80

INVITATION TO THE OBSERVANCE OF THE LENTEN DISCIPLINE

Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover
 we celebrate our redemption
 through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration 
and to renew our life in the paschal mystery.  We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and the mercy and forgiveness
 proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Traditionally, we begin this journey with the sign of ashes. 
This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and marks the penitence of the Christian community.  I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.  Let us bow before God, our Creator and Redeemer, and confess our sin:

Hymn “Just As I Am” arr. Glad: The Acapella Project

LITANY OF PENITENCE

Let us pray.

Holy and merciful God, we confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault
 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, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.

Have mercy on us, O God.

We have not listened to your call to serve as Christ served us.

Have mercy on us, O God.

We confess to you, O God, all our past unfaithfulness: Pride, hypocrisy, and impatience

We confess to you, O God.

We confess to you, O God, our self-indulgent ways and exploitation of other people

We confess to you, O God.

We confess to you, O God, anger at our own frustration and envy of those more fortunate than ourselves

We confess to you, O God.

We confess to you, O God, intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts

We confess to you, O God.

We confess to you, O God, negligence in prayer and worship, and failure to commend the faith that is in us

We confess to you, O God.

Accept our repentance, O God, for the wrongs we have done. For our neglect of human need and suffering and our indifference to injustice and cruelty

Accept our repentance, O God.

Accept our repentance, O God, for all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us

Accept our repentance, O God.

Accept our repentance, O God, for our waste and pollution of your creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us

Accept our repentance, O God.

Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us.

Favorably hear us, O God, for your mercy is great.

Hymn #182 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

IMPOSITION OF ASHES

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.  May these ashes be for us 
a sign of our mortality and penitence, and a reminder that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

In this year of pandemic social distancing, please be invited to impose ashes upon your own foreheads, in your own homes, with the assistance of any who walk this road with you.  As you make the mark of the cross, the traditional words to say are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Gen. 3:19)

The Imposition of Ashes

Hymn: “And Can It Be” ~ Glad: The Acapella Project

Lenten Litany, Continued

Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation,

That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of our Savior,

Bring us with all your saints
 to the joy of Christ’s resurrection.

So we make bold to pray the prayer our Savior taught his disciples, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

SENDING

Sending Hymn #: “What Wondrous Love is This”

BLESSING AND CHARGE

May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always.

Amen.  

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mt.16:24)

Go, in silence and peace, knowing the cross we bear has begun.

You may leave our Zoom worship in silence.  Zoom Worship on Sunday is at 10:00 AM

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Worship February 21, 2021 First Sunday in Lent

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THE GATHERING         

Gathering Music: “Step by Step” Campfire Songbook p.35                     

Welcome and Announcements:

  • Wednesday night I posted and recorded an Ash Wednesday service which can be found by following this link for a self-guided worship experience, or on the Church’s Facebook page as a recording.
  • Monthly Bible Study with the Presbyterian Women of  FPC – Corvallis – Contact Lynne Martin for Zoom Link: Brief introduction: Sarah Circle meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. The 2020-2021 Horizons Bible Study can be found here: https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/current-bible-study/
  • Notice change in the “after service” Questions for Reflection and Household Prayers this week.  Each week for the next five weeks and ending with Palm Sunday the “after service” offerings will be in the nature of a Lenten Study, based on each Sunday’s gospel passage in the lectionary.  This will also replace our “every other” week Bible Study for Lent.  To discuss the questions in person together, let us plan for 10:00 AM each Monday, in the church’s Zoom room.
  • Check out or Presbytery E-Newsletter if you have not had a chance to read it. Link: https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=aaeda2e9b65fb04a582f7f7fc&id=03d53417ff

Prelude: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”arr. by Emily Lund

Call to Worship

The glory of God shines like a consuming fire.

We have seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The voice of God thunders like a mighty storm.

Out of the cloud, God speaks: This is my beloved Son; listen to him!

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy and mighty God, gather us among your faithful ones, the people of your covenant, to stand in the light of your glory and listen for the word of the Lord, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Hymn #443 “There Is a Redeemer”

Invitation to Healing

God alone is righteous; God alone is perfect; God alone is judge. Yet this holy, righteous God comes to us in love, to save us. Rejoicing in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Prayer of Wholeness

God of all glory, beauty, and grace, we have tried to hide from you—to hide our faces, to hide our sin—yet you have never hidden your love for us. We have tried to search for you—in temples, in clouds, on mountaintops—yet you have already revealed yourself to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Forgive us, and transform us so that our lives may shine with your glory, beauty, and grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

                                                     Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437: “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #440 “Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn #544: “Bless the Lord” (Repeat 3x)

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Speak to us, O Lord our God, and let the fire of your Spirit burn brightly in our hearts. Open our minds to receive the wisdom of the law, the hope of the prophets, and the life of the gospel: Jesus Christ, your living Word. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 4:5-42

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: “Just As I Am” ~ Guest Preacher, Rev. Brian Heron, Executive Presbyter

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response #442 “Just As I Am”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31

To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with God’s message of reconciliation and shares God’s labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other.

Intercessory Prayers of the People 

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “The Bright Field” ~ R.S. Thomas

I have seen the sun break through

to illuminate a small field

for a while, and gone my way

and forgotten it. But that was the

pearl of great price, the one field that had

treasure in it. I realise now

that I must give all that I have

to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past. It is turning

aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness

that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you.[1] 

Doxology using Hymn #606 text from #607

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Dedication:

For your gifts that live all around us in creation, O God, we give you thanks.  For your gifts that come from the servanthood of your Son, O God, we give you praise. For the gifts that arise in our daily lives through the work of your Holy Spirit, O God, we give you thanks.  Make these gifts flourish on earth to your glory, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn: #177: “I Will Come to You”

Charge:

Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

Blessing:

May the steadfast love of God, the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lenten Study: Questions for Reflection

Read: John 4:5-42 again, and be prepared to journal some reflections.  For those who wish, we will discuss your thoughts Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the church’s Zoom room.

Information Questions

Who is teaching?

Who is listening?

Where do they have this conversation?

Who does Jesus claim to be?

Analytical Questions

Why do you suppose Jesus first teaches in a round ‘about way, then speaks plainly?

In your opinion, what might Jesus have taught to help the woman understand better?

What about the disciples?  Why do you suppose Jesus didn’t explain himself?

What do you think about Jesus’ statement, God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Does this seem exclusive to you?

What about “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Why do you think this statement is so clear as opposed to the earlier evasive teaching?

Would this kind of statement be considered valid today, recognizing the pluralistic nature of the world’s many faiths?

Write your own “I wonder” question(s) about this text.

Personalized Questions

Where would you place yourself in the text? Believing? Understanding? Lost? Confused?

What would it be like if you had been one of those recording these words many years later?

Would the meaning change for you if you were immediately present or decades removed? Centuries?

Are you more or less like the townspeople when they said, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Write your own morning and evening prayers based on your reflections above.

[1] Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014).

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Worship on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021; The Transfiguration of the Lord, Year B

May be artTHE GATHERING         

Gathering Music “Blessed Be the Lord” Campfire Songbook p. 15

Welcome and Announcements    

  • Zoom Bible Study for Presbyterian Women – through Corvallis FPC Sarah Circle

Prelude: “I Hear Thy Welcome Voice” by John Purifoy

Call to Worship

The glory of God shines                           Ps. 50:1, 3; 2 Cor. 4:6;

like a consuming fire.                                                   Mark 9:7

We have seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The voice of God thunders like a mighty storm.

Out of the cloud, God speaks: This is my beloved Son; listen to him!

Let us pray:

Prayer of the Day    

Holy and mighty God,                                Ps. 50:1, 5; Mark 9:7

gather us among your faithful ones,

the people of your covenant,

to stand in the light of your glory

and listen for the word of the Lord,

Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Hymn #191 “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding”

Invitation to Healing

God alone is righteous;                                              Ps. 50:2, 6

God alone is perfect; God alone is judge. Yet this holy, righteous God comes to us in love, to save us. Rejoicing in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Prayer of Wholeness

God of all glory, beauty, and grace, we have tried to hide from you—to hide our faces, to hide our sin—yet you have never hidden your love for us. We have tried to search for you—in temples, in clouds, on mountaintops—yet you have already revealed yourself to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Forgive us, and transform us so that our lives may shine with your glory, beauty, and grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  Please continue in silent prayer 

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance of Pardon and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628: “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” 

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Speak to us, O Lord our God, and let the fire of your Spirit burn brightly in our hearts. Open our minds to receive the wisdom of the law, the hope of the prophets, and the life of the gospel: Jesus Christ, your living Word. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Second Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-9

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Interactive Exploration: The Transfiguration~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn: #104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”

Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from James 3:13 & 17

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly.  It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings….”  ~ The Message

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Ash Wednesday” ~ Malcolm Guite

Receive this cross of ash upon your brow

Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross;

The forests of the world are burning now

And you make late repentance for the loss.

But all the trees of God would clap their hands,

The very stones themselves would shout and sing,

If you could covenant to love these lands

And recognize in Christ their lord and king.

He sees the slow destruction of those trees,

He weeps to see the ancient places burn,

And still you make what purchases you please

And still to dust and ashes you return.

But Hope could rise from ashes even now

Beginning with this sign upon your brow.[1] 

Doxology:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

Prayer of Dedication:

For your gifts that live all around us in creation, O God, we give you thanks.  For your gifts that come from the servanthood of your Son, O God, we give you praise. For the gifts that arise in our daily lives through the work of your Holy Spirit, O God, we give you thanks.  Make these gifts flourish on earth to your glory, Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #744 “Arise, Your Light Is Come”

Charge:

Go as the young servant of Naaman this day, filled with the truth of the prophet’s word that there is a healing for the least and the greatest among us. Speak peace, teach kindness, and be ye glad.

Blessing:

May God’s blessings attend you this and every day. You are not alone.  Go in peace.

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection

The Old Testament reading for today presents Elijah as a “new Moses”—striking the Jordan with his mantle and causing its waters to part so that he and Elisha could pass through on dry ground (2 Kgs. 2:8). The Gospel reading builds on this comparison by placing Moses and Elijah together at Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9:4). There is also a parent-child dynamic in each of these passages. Elisha asks to receive a “double share” of Elijah’s spirit (2 Kgs. 2:9)—the appointed inheritance of a firstborn son (see Deut. 21:17). At the transfiguration, God’s voice from the cloud bestows on Jesus the mantle of divine authority: “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” What do these constellations of relationships suggest to you? How do they help you to understand the transfiguration of Jesus? How is Jesus a fulfillment of the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah)? (See also Luke 24:44.) How is Jesus revealed to be God’s Son, and what does that mean for us? (See also Luke 3:22, 38.)

Household Prayer: Morning

God of glory, I greet you at the dawning of this day. Let my life proclaim Christ Jesus and the good news of the gospel from the rising of the sun to its setting; to the glory of your name. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God of glory, I greet you at the ending of this day.  Overshadow me with your peace so that I may rest in your presence from the setting of the sun to its rising; to the glory of your name. Amen.

[1] Malcolm Guite, The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter (London: Canterbury Press Norwhich, 2014).

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Worship with Communion Sunday February 7, 2021; The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

What is Communion & The Lord's Supper? 10 Things Christians Should Know

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “Peace Like a River” Campfire Songbook p. 16

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: Eat This Bread and Never Hunger” by Daniel Charles Damon

 Call to Worship 

Sing to the Lord a new song;

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Do all things for the sake of the gospel.

So may we share in the blessings of God.

Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, you call us to follow Christ and spread the good news of your love for all people. Help us to become all things to all people that we might reach many with your good news.  Amen!

Song of Praise: “Down In My Heart” Campfire Songbook p. 11

Invitation to Healing

The gift of God’s grace is lavished upon us, through the life and death of the risen Lord. Trusting in the love and goodness of God, let us seek wholeness.

Prayer of Healing

God, you are everlasting, the creator of all that is. Your understanding is beyond measure. We confess to you that we have sinned against you and our neighbors. In your compassion, forgive us, for we place our hope in your steadfast love.

                Please continue in prayer:

Hymn #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Hymn #839 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!” 

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Song: “The Thank You God Song” ~ Campfire Songbook p. 22

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy God, speak to us what has been told from the beginning, your Word that is the foundation of the world. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:29-39

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: To Speak or not to Speak ~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #507 “Come To the Table of Grace”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from James 3:13 & 17

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly.  It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings….”  ~ The Message

Intercessory Prayers of the People (“Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers”)

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Therefore in time you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is the mystery of faith:

Hymn #553 “Christ Has Died; Christ Is Risen”

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #634 “To God Be the Glory”

Charge

Go forth into the world rejoicing. Spread the good news of Christ our light and our redeemer.

Blessing

May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.” 

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Pastor Scott

Question for Reflection

What does Paul mean when he says that he became all things to all people so that he could save some (1 Cor. 9:22)?

Household Prayer for Morning

In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed (Mark 1:35). As I turn to you in prayer this morning, God, bless me with a sense of purpose. As I go into this day show me what I am to do. Amen.

Household Prayer for Evening

Everlasting God, you have been here from the foundations of the earth. I give to you this day now ending, with all its gifts and failings. As I rest this night, renew my strength and, in my dreams, lift me up on the wings of eagles. Amen.

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Worship January 31, 2021; Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Campfire Songbook p. 19 “Spring Up, O Well” ~ Scott

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: Deep River/Shall We Gather at the River Medley”

 Call to Worship 

Come! Let us give thanks to the Lord with whole hearts.    Ps. 111

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Glory be to the One whose wonders are to be remembered.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The Lord feeds the righteous with truth.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Come! Let us give thanks to God.

Prayer of the Day:

Almighty God, Light from Light, who commands the universe and all that is made, your Word is the power that makes whole what is broken, the force of good, and the food of peace. Teach us now as you taught in the synagogue. Heal us now so that in all that we say and do, the freedom we have in you may be for others, too; in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: #20 “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Invitation to Healing

The One who pardons, heals, and strengthens all who repent

calls us to name our failings and our hopes. Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another.

Prayer for Wholeness

Holy and all-powerful God, who commands all spirits, comforts those in distress, and casts out destructive forces, we confess that we are unable to do your will.  We protect what is familiar and reject what is unknown.  We admire those with courage but excuse ourselves when we falter from the truth.  We forget that you are always with us, and that with you all things are possible. Forgive us, lead us, make us new.  Remove our desire to heed false prophets, and show us your way; in the name of the Triune God, Lover of us all… Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (Sung 2x) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, your people call out for understanding. Bring to our yearning minds and hearts the truth of your Word; in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 ~ Scott Crane

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: Psalm 111:1-10 ~ Tony Fuentes

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:21-28 ~ Ingrid Spies

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Miracle or Teaching~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: Hymn #307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from James 3:13 & 17

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly.  It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next….”  ~ The Message

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

For the healing of Earth and all its creatures; For the church’s willingness to cast out demons in its midst, for congregations that are in turmoil, for the healing of divisions between the followers of Christ Jesus; Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

For leaders of nations, for those who have great wealth, for those who have too much power, for those who have destructive weapons, and for those who have none; for all those who are victims of others’ idolatry, Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

For children who have no one to listen to their cries for food and shelter, for parents who cannot answer the needs of their children, for peacemakers and diplomats, for those who give through charities, and for those who use the law to make policies for the greater good; Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

For all who are in pain and in need of care, especially those we name now aloud or silently, . . . [A time of silence is kept.]  Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

For the wisdom to fear you rightly, the power to withstand changes in our own lives that bring us closer to you, for the ability to give thanks for the people who have brought us to this time— our ancestors, teachers, pastors, and the martyrs of every age; Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers. 

Into your hands we commend all those for whom we pray and those it would be easy to forget. We ask your blessing on all your people, that we may come at last to the truth around your banquet table that has no end; through Christ Jesus, our Lord, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Do not let idols grow and multiply in your hands, but give of yourselves, your time, and your possessions out of love for this creation and honor toward what you have been given.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: The Fisher Psalm ~ stc

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Merciful God, you have saved us for a purpose. We dedicate to you the gifts of our hands, and we dedicate to you our very selves. We thank you that you help us to be your fishers.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #450 “Be Thou My Vision”  

Charge

Go out from this place to a world fully known by God.

Where there is fear, remember the authority of Christ Jesus.

Where there is need of love, give it.

Where there is pain, bring peace.

For you are loved by the One who redeems,

and freed to live by the Word of life.

Blessing

Deep peace be with you, Light Eternal shine upon you. Like clear flowing streams within you, may the Breath of the Wind stir your soul. May Love hold you, may Spirit guide you, all the days of your life. ~ stc

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Pastor Scott

Questions for Reflection

What is the name of the demon, the spirit, the idolatry you carry? If you can think of this answer as many “troubles,” try to find the root cause, a name to give to that which needs to be cast out. The answer may take different forms throughout the week. You may also consider the same question with regard to your family and to this nation. What is the Holy One casting out today in your presence?

Household Prayer: Morning

In the light of your new day, O God,

I rise to greet you always on the path in front of me.

Let me follow with integrity where you will lead.

Give me courage to know the difference

between what is false and what is true.

Teach me to love my neighbor as you love me. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Heavenly Father, you are the power above all powers,

the healer who knows our every need.

You have guided me throughout this day

and now give me sleep to renew my tired body and mind.

Guard me and keep me in your care. Amen.

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time January 24, 2021

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “We Are the Family of God” Campfire Songs p. 34

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: The Solid Rock” arr. by Edward Broughton

Call to Worship 

From God comes my salvation.                                   Ps. 62:1–2

For God alone my soul waits in silence.

God alone is my rock and my salvation.

God is my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day:

The present form of this world is passing away.      1 Cor. 7:31

Therefore, help us to keep our focus on you, Lord,

for true power and steadfast love belong to you.   Ps. 62:11–12

Amen.

Hymn of Praise: #694 “Great God of Every Blessing”

Invitation to Healing

Trusting in the promise of grace, let us pour out our hearts before God.

Prayer for Wholeness

Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully. Forgiving God, we repent of all the ways we turn from you. You call, but we do not listen; you show us your path, but we prefer our own way. Forgive us, heal us, and lead us back to you, that we might show mercy to others. In Jesus’ name we pray.  

               Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response Hymn #695 “Change My Heart, O God”

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work 

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

By your Holy Spirit, O God, open our ears, our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to the Holy Word so that it comes to rule within us for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 ~ Lynne Martin

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: Psalm 62:5-12 ~ Tom Reynolds

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:14-20 ~ Scott Crane

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: More Callings~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: Hymn #170 “You Walk along Our Shoreline”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from James 3:13, 18 in The Message

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts….Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others…if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

God of new visions, we pray for people highly placed in power, that they may focus their eyes on you. So, too, we pray for the victims of power, that they may also focus their eyes on you. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for those who bless with their lips but curse with their mouths, including ourselves. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for those who are ill and those facing the end of life. Give them the gift of prayer, that they may pour out their hearts to you. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for the church and its leaders, that we may hear and respond to your call to be fishers of people. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

Rock of our salvation, through Christ and your Holy Spirit bring us into the new world that you are shaping even as this world is passing away. We pray this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God is our rock and our fortress. Let us celebrate our salvation by fearlessly giving a portion of what has already been given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving: Hymn #710 “We Are An Offering” ~ Scott

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Merciful God, you have saved us for a purpose. We dedicate to you the gifts of our hands, and we dedicate to you our very selves. We thank you that you help us to be your fishers.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”  

Charge

Jesus followed John, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus called Andrew, who called Peter, who taught others to listen for God’s voice calling even more. Christ called to Paul who called Priscilla and Lois, who called her daughter Eunice, who called her son Timothy, who along with my home church growing up called me through the scriptures … and who is calling you once again … to go and do likewise.

Blessing

May the God of second chances renew your sense of call and inspire you to go out and share the good news of forgiveness and hope!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Pastor Scott

Question for Reflection:

Psalm 62 ends by saying, “God, you repay to all according to their work.” Some of us may find that statement unsettling. Would you rather have God treat you with the payment you deserve or with the grace that you hope for in Jesus Christ?

Household Prayer for Morning:

Loving God, no matter what I am facing today; mourning or gladness, buying or selling, help me to focus on you throughout it all.  Then, bring me home safely to you. Amen.

Household Prayer for Evening:

Loving God, thank you for the assurance that I live forgiven and loved by you. I need your grace and want to share your grace with others. As I face this night, help me to pour out my heart to you and then rest in peace. Amen

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “The All Day Song” Campfire Songs p. 28

Welcome and Announcements

  1. Bazaar went really well! If interested in where our $ goes…
  2. Re-installation of Judy Smith and Tom Reynolds on Session today
  3. Congregational Meeting today after worship, on Zoom

Prelude: “Heartstrings” by Scott Crane

Call to Worship 

The one who calls you together this day yearns for each of you and for all people to hear and be blessed.

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

Blessed is the One who comes bringing trustworthy words for the healing of the world.

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day:

You invite us, O God, to live in your ways, and you give us to each other to know and to love as we journey in this life. Show us your will for all creation. Help us to listen to your urgings with prayerful hearts so that we may honor what you have made, in the name of the Holy Trinity, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” Campfire Songs p. 32

Invitation to Healing

Assured that the One who calls us to hear and obey already knows the confessions of our hearts and is ready to forgive, let us confess our sin before God and before one another.

Prayer for Wholeness

Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully as creatures in need of your constant care. We confess that we do not always hear your word nor follow your will. Give us ears to hear your wisdom. Lead us to honesty and faith so that we may begin again with renewed strength; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

                Please continue in silent prayer 

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott 

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sing: “Create in Me a Clean Heart Oh God” ~ Campfire Songs p. 32

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

 THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

By your Holy Spirit, O God, open our ears, our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to the Holy Word so that it comes to rule within us for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-18 ~ Bijee Burns

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: 139:1-6, 13-18 ~ Thomas or Abby Furholm

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 1:43-51 ~ Karen Woodruff

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: A Calling Out and A Calling Home~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: Hymn #69 “Here I Am, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Let us pray for all the earth, the church, and all those in need, saying,

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Let us pray for the world: for leaders of nations, that wisdom and integrity will prevail for the good of all people, especially the poor; for regions torn by conflict, that peace may reign and living become an enterprise of construction rather than destruction; Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Let us pray for all people of faith: for the unity of the body of Christ, that divisions might not turn people away from the church; for Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Jews, that wherever prayers are raised up, the one God of all will hear; for all people who nurture life in the name of a greater good; Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Let us pray for our own nation: for the president and Congress, the Supreme Court and all judges, for state governments, city councils, school boards, and all who have power to make policy, that all consideration be given to what is most healthy for people and creatures; Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Let us pray for those in need: for all who are hungry in our nation and world, for those who have no home and no employment, for those who are either unjustly or justly imprisoned, for parents and children who live in fear for any reason, and for all who are in mourning; Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

For all other concerns of this assembly now spoken aloud or silently, . . .

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

With thanksgiving, we remember all those who have shaped us in your ways, O God. Receive our prayers we pray all this through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Installation of Judy Smith and Tom Reynolds on Session

Litany of Installation

Any of you baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to the one hope of our calling.

In baptism, Tom Reynolds and Judy Smith were clothed with Christ, and are now called by God through the voice of the church to enter into ministries of service and governance, announcing in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ.

We remember with joy our common calling to serve Christ, and we celebrate God’s particular call to those in leadership of the church.

As it is recorded in 1 Cor. 12:4–7, 27, there are varieties of gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them.

There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord whom we serve.

God works through each person in a unique way, but it is God’s purpose that is accomplished.

To each is given a gift of the Spirit to be used for the common good.

Together we are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. Session has unanimously agreed to re-install Tom Reynolds and Judy Skelton, formerly ordained as Ruling Elders, to active service on Session each for a three-year term. Having previously answered constitutional questions and received laying on of hands for service as an ordained and installed Ruling Elders, we remind you of these installation questions:

Will you be a faithful elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in governing bodies of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ to all?

(Tom and Judy respond) I will.

Do You, the members of First Presbyterian Church accept as elders, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead you in the way of Jesus Christ; and, do you agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide you, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church? If so, say we do: We Do.

Hearing the will of the people and your dedication, we do declare you duly installed as Elders of First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, Washington. Let us pray:

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Loving God, we give you thanks for the light of the world, Jesus Christ, through whom we have received adoption as your children.  We thank you for Tom and Judy, and their ministry among us. With Jesus as our brother, we dedicate ourselves in ministry to the world, that we may live as heirs of your promises to the honor and glory of your name. Amen. 

SENDING

Closing Song “Seek Ye First” Campfire Songs p. 33

Charge

Listen to the word of the Lord as you move through your days. Trust that the Holy Spirit will guide your choices. See in each person you meet one for whom Jesus gave his life.

Blessing

Deep peace be with you, Light Eternal shine upon you;

Like clear flowing springs, may the Breath of the Wind stir your soul.

May Love hold you, may Spirit guide you, all the days of your life. ~ stc

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Pastor Scott

Questions for Reflection:

Where, in what place, and through what person or persons do you hear the call of the Lord? Consider it each day this week.  Who has awakened in you a new prayer, a hope, an insight? Give thanks for those persons and moments as signs of God’s love for you.

Household Prayer: Morning

As I rise this day, O God, help me to give thanks for the gift of this day, and in the silence of our hearts or in spoken words or in painted pictures, pray for the life of the world.

Household Prayer: Evening

For rest in the night and the day’s busyness, for the silence of the winter earth followed by spring’s energy and summer’s fruiting, thanks be to you, O God. In the pattern of the seasons, in the rhythm of our days, show us the stillness that renews life, the letting go that deepens our strength of soul.

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Baptism of the Lord, January 10, 2021

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #113 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Welcome and Announcements

  1. Bazaar went really well! If interested in where our $ goes…
  2. Re-installation of Judy Smith and Tom Reynolds on Session 1/17
  3. Congregational Meeting 1/17 on Zoom directly after worship, followed by Coffee Fellowship

Prelude: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach

Call to Worship 

Sing to the Lord a new song:

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

The heavens opened, the Spirit descended,

And a voice sounded: This is my Beloved Son.

Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day:

God of heaven and earth, we gather in the name of Jesus to hear your holy Word and to be immersed in your Spirit. Speak to us with grace and truth and pour out your love upon us so that our homes and hearts may resound with joyful shouts of glory; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #20: “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Invitation to Healing

A prophet appeared in the wilderness, calling the people to repent, be baptized, and prepare the way of the Lord. We return to the water to confess our faith in Jesus Christ, the one who came to us with grace.

Prayer for Wholeness

God of all glory, you look not from heaven afar off, but in the close silences of our hearts.  You read us not as we might read a book, but integrate your Holy Self and know us from the inside out.  When we remember that we are not gods, but children, faith ignites anew within us and we turn to your embrace.  Cause us to see as you see, to love as you love, and be healed of all our brokenness and hurts.  For it is in Christ’s name we pray…

                Please continue in silent prayer

Hymn #469 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying(3x) 

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Hymn #654 “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” (3x) 

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #288 “Spirit of the Living God”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Send down your Holy Spirit, O God! Tear open the veil of heaven and speak to us as beloved children so that we may hear and believe the good news of your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:4-11

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Finding Center~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #291 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Creator God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, hear us as we pray:

We pray for the world you have made. . . Move again over our troubled waters, steeped in chemicals and stained with oil. Where carelessness, greed and violence bring chaos restore order, goodness, and life. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the church you have redeemed. . . Renew in us the gifts of your Spirit and the call to Christian discipleship. Where history and heresy have divided us, make us one in the baptism we share. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the peoples you have created. . . Give to the leaders of all nations the wisdom to know what is good. Moreover, give them the needed spine to decree what is best for the earth and all her creatures. Where people are poor and hungry provide justice and daily bread. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the loved ones you have given us. . . Bless our families, friends, and neighbors; keep them safe from trouble and danger. Where there is sorrow, sickness, or suffering send your Spirit of comfort and healing. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

All this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose voice is our strength and salvation, whose breath is the Spirit of peace. we pray all this through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Incarnation Speaks” ~ stc

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Loving God, we give you thanks for the light of the world, Jesus Christ, through whom we have received adoption as your children.  With Jesus as our brother, we dedicate ourselves in ministry to the world, that we may live as heirs of your promises to the honor and glory of your name. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #292 “As the Wind Song”

Charge

Do not be afraid, for God is with you and will strengthen you in your journey through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!

Blessing

May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the [snow] fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.” 

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection:

What is the difference between baptism with water alone (John’s baptism; see Acts 19:3, Mark 1:8) and baptism with the Holy Spirit (baptism into Jesus; see Acts 19:4–5, Mark 1:8)? Why is it still important to use water in baptism? What does water mean in your daily life? What difference does the Holy Spirit make in baptism? What difference does the Holy Spirit make in your daily life?

Household Prayer: Morning

Living God, maker of light,

thank you for the gift of this day.

Let me be a light in your world

so that people will look at me

and see the goodness of your creation;

in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Living God, maker of light,

thank you for the gift of this night.

Let me be at peace in your presence

so that I may rest, be restored,

and arise to praise your glory;

in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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