BULLETIN

FIRST CHURCH in PEMBROKE

Sunday, February 28, 2021

ORDER OF WORSHIP – The Second Sunday in Lent

Prelude         Be Thou My Vision             

Welcome & Opening Prayer

Gracious God, thank You for yet another week of life.  We pray You will continue to bless First Church and its ministry.  And as we gather this morning, we ask Your special touch upon our worship. We pray You will hear the spoken words, relish the music, and savor Your time with us.  May all who share this worship service find it to be one of a calm and quieter time, a pleasant break from our normal routines.  And as always, we confess without any hesitation – You are our God, we are Your people, and we will pray and live, as best we are able, in Your Holy Name.   Hallelujah and Amen.

Call to Contemplation      How Can I Keep from Singing?

Call to Worship (abbreviated Scriptures and Baylor’s Led by Love)

P:   Yes, we are again being invited to do what is right, speak to injustices, and to walk humbly

       with our God and one another.

C:   We are people of The Covenant; We are Resurrection people.  Hallelujah!

P:   Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross, and

       follow Me. 

C:   He also said, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their

       life for Me, and for the Gospel, will save it.

P:   What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 

C:   Lord, make me more holy, more faithful, more humble and righteous. Amen.

Hymn             I Will Set My Bow in the Clouds

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16    “…walk faithfully and be blameless…”

A Musical Moment for Meditation                     Lead Me Lord

The Message –  Mark 8: 31-38                                                                           Pastor Matt Jackson

                                                “What good is it to gain the world and lose your soul?”   

Hymn             Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Invitation

Offertory       Nearer My God to Thee

Doxology

Closing Hymn         Take My Life and Let It Be

Benediction

Postlude       They’ll Know We Are Christians   


EXTRA

FIRST CHURCH in PEMBROKE

Sunday, February 28, 2021

[Scriptures for today:  Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22: 23-31; Romans 4: 13-25; and Gospel of Mark 8: 31-38 or repeat of Transfiguration Sunday’s – Mark 9: 2-9]

Good morning and once again, welcome to First Church.  Today is the 2nd Sunday in the journey of Lent, so guess we should have a “check in moment” and ask how your Lenten choice is going – that is, to give up something or add something to your daily routines?  And just a reminder, we are still requesting pictures for our “virtual fellowship segment” that follows each Sunday’s virtual worship service.  Please feel free to send them along to First Church and we will make sure they are added to that closing segment of our programming.

Gracious God, thank You for yet another week of life.  We pray You will continue to bless First Church and its ministry.  And as we gather this morning, we ask Your special touch upon our worship. We pray You will hear the spoken words, relish the music, and savor Your time with us.  May all who share this worship service find it to be one of a calm and quieter time, a pleasant break from our normal routines.  And as always, we confess without any hesitation – You are our God, we are Your people, and we will pray and live, as best we are able, in Your Holy Name.   Hallelujah and Amen.

Call to Contemplation   

Prayers of the People

In the book, 31 Days of Prayer, Ruth and Warren Myers note that “Prayer can bring rich and satisfying renewal to our lives…but Prayer won’t grow well by itself… we must plant it in a well-watered garden, where it will grow along with other spiritual attitudes and practices.  If any of these are missing, weeds grow up and choke out prayer life, making it more of a burden than a blessing.”  The Myers propose that there are eight vital areas of our spiritual life that significantly impact our prayer life… the first area is that we “cultivate our faith through pursuing God.”  That means we discipline ourselves to a daily devotional life, and through that daily contact, we get to know God and will grow in our abilities to “trust” God. And perhaps the reason we don’t trust God more is because we don’t know God very well.

In every gathering at First Church – be it worship or board/team meetings, and even social events, etc. – we strive to begin and close each session with a word of prayer.  We do so because we trust and believe that our prayers are not just words, but are heard and seek God’s Grace, Mercy and many blessings, yes even the miracles, to which we testify.

As such,, we continue to hold in prayer:   Elizabeth Roberts and the Roberts family; Elaine Spalding; Rick and Jacqui; Dick and Peggy Reardon and their family; Ernie, his sister Joan, his daughter Kerry and son-in-law Michael and their children Evan and Brady; and a number of “special intentions.”   As you have heard before, sometimes the best words to share are “Thank you” and so, on behalf of those who are named above, and their family and friends, “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!”

Please join me now in a time of prayer…

Almighty God, it is Lent and we are so grateful that we can pause from whatever is going on, and talk with You.  You have heard the names of those who have asked for prayer, and we know You are there with them and their families.  You know their needs and what is needed to meet them.  We are all reaching out, each of us at different points and junctures in our journeys of faith and life.  But in this moment, we have all “pulled off to the side of the road,” turned off our cell phones, and paused from other matters and distractions, just to talk with You, and share our joys and concerns.  Here and now, O God, hear our individual prayers and know we are grateful, so very grateful…

Indeed, O God, thank You… and now let us join together as we pray the Lord’s Prayer…

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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Invitation

Our Scriptures today was very specific – that “we can gain the whole world, but lose our soul.” What we do with the gift of each day” determines just how much “gain or loss” is entailed.  In most faith communities, the offering is a sign of one’s gratitude.  How much is given is between each individual and the One we know as the Triune God – that is, God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  So, whatever you discern and determine your offering to be, we appreciate your choosing to go beyond yourself and blessing others.  Indeed, on behalf of those who will give and those who will receive, we say, “Thank you!”       

Benediction – Ah, it was nice to be with you this morning.  And as we leave our time together, we pray you will   remember, we all go in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.   Have a great week and we’ll see you back here next Sunday at 10am.  God bless….

Scriptures for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My Covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for Me, this is My Covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My Covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

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Romans 4:13-25

New International Version

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[b] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

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Mark 8: 31-38   – “Jesus Predicts His Death” (vs 31-33) and “The Way of the Cross” (vs.34-38)

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

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Mark 9:2-9 – “The Transfiguration”

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.   Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)   Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”  Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.   As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


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