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Bulletin for 2/28/2021

Community and St Mark United Methodist Church

February 28th, 2021

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

*Invocation:

Leader: From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.

People: Blessed be the Lord, our God.

Leader: When we try to tell God what to do, Christ chastens us and leads us back onto the paths of life.

People: Let all who draw breath come back to the Lord.

Leader: From our earliest steps, the Spirit guides our steps and sets before us the ways of life and death.

People: Let the faithful rejoice in the mysteries of our God.

Leader: From generation to generation, God names us and claims us.

People: Let heaven and earth praise God’s holy name.

Hymn                            “The God of Abraham Prays”   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                                      “Be Thou My Vision”              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: Romans 4:13-25

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38

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

People: Thanks be to God

Message                                                                          Leader                  

Prayer of Confession: Name above all names, visit us in our dreams and shake us from our waking nightmares. For we are tired of stumbling in the dark, blindly following human teachings and placidly heeding human advice. When we lose our way and wander from your path, we need your love to heal us and your grace to complete us. When the forces of destruction close around us, grant us the strength to follow Christ. Love us back onto the right paths and restore us to life, through your faithful and transforming love. Amen.

Words of Assurance: By saying no to ourselves, and picking up our cross, we find ourselves. By saying yes to the good news of Christ’s spirit, we find faith and wholeness. Thanks be to God.

Hymn                                                “Faith of Our Fathers”    Meditate and reflect

Benediction 

(*) Please stand if able

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