Worship plan February 21, 2021
Gathering music “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” Sara Penny
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship
Leader: As God’s people, we ascribe to the Lord all glory and strength!
All: We give glory to God’s name and worship him in holy splendor.
Leader: The Lord is enthroned as King forever, over all he has made.
All: May the Lord give us strength as his people; may the Lord bless us with his peace.
Leader: People of God, let us worship God together!
Hymn “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above” #41 GTG v.1,4,5
Prayer of Confession
God our Redeemer and Sustainer, we confess on this first Sunday in Lent that we are people of ashes and dust. We are frail human beings who easily forget your steadfast love. You have claimed us yours in Christ, and yet we wander in our sin. Forgive us, God of grace. Wash us, cleanse us, make us new, so that we may return to your holy ways and follow you in obedience. Hear us now as we silently confess our sins.
Silent Prayers of Confession
Scripture Reading Exodus 16:9-15
Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”
In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.
Sermon “The Bread of Life”
So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
Hymn “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts” #494 v.1,3,5
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Communion music “Let Us Break Bread Together” #525 GTG
A Time of Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer sung
May the peace of Christ go with you; wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing, at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing, once again into our doors.