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Bulletin for 2/21/21

Here is tomorrow’s bulletin:

Community and St Mark United Methodist Church

February 21st, 2021

Gathering and passing the peace-please remain masked and socially distanced.


Leader: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from the waters . . .

People: to see the heavens splitting open and the Spirit soaring down like a dove.

Leader: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he stood up from the waters and heard:

People: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Leader: When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he emerged from the waters . . .

People: to walk a new path and to call the world to join him.

Leader: Here comes God’s kingdom. Teach us your path, brother Jesus. Now is the time!

Hymn      “Lord Who Throughout Those Forty Days”     Meditate and reflect

Joys and Concerns of the People

Prayers for Life                                                               Leader        

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever Amen.

Hymn                             “Gentle Shepherd”                    Meditate and reflect

*Affirmation of Faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Gloria Patri                      “Glory Be to the Father”            Instrumental only

Offertory Prayer                                                              Leader

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                 Instrumental only

Prayer of illumination

New Testament: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:9-15

Reader: The word of God for the people of God.

People: Thanks be to God

Message                                                                         Leader                  

Prayer of Confession: God of faithful love and powerful purpose, there are times when we are open to your leading—times when we walk the path of Jesus with courage and hope, even when doing so is fearful. At other times, we close ourselves off, hoping that you won’t tear open the skies and disrupt our lives completely. Following Jesus can be pretty risky. Your compassion and faithful love claim us forever, as they claimed Jesus when he entered the Jordan and made a bold decision to follow you on a new and uncertain path. Amen.

Words of Assurance: Yes, God’s compassion and love are forever! What God said of Jesus at his baptism, God says to us today: You are my dearly loved children, whom I love deeply. God forgives us and loves us dearly, now and forevermore.

Hymn                                       “As the Deer”                  Meditate and reflect


(*) Please stand if able

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