Dear Friends in Christ,

Peace to you this evening. A blessed Lenten season to you.

Join us for virtual worship on this first Sunday in Lent. Our Scripture texts are Micah 6:6-8 and Mark 1:9-15, as Pastor Jeff preaches on "May the Wild Beasts Minister to You." Below you can find links to our main worship service (along with a written order of service) and our family worship service. A button with a link to our Common Life is also below.
 
A new Sunday adult faith formation class begins tomorrow, using Amy-Jill Levine's book, "Entering the Passion of Jesus." We’ll gather from 8:30 - 9:30am over Zoom (Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 841 8287 3354; Passcode: 348688; Call-In: 312-626-6799). Please join us if you can - no need to read ahead of time!

Our theme for Lent at fpcw this year draws on the PC(USA) devotional, "The Way to Shalom: A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness." You're encouraged to click the link and download it.

I'm grateful to be on the journey with you, friends. Thank you for being the body of Christ in the world. You are loved and never alone!
 
With gratitude in ,
Pastor Jeff
Main Worship Service - February 21, 2021
Family Worship Service - February 21, 2021

Prelude
Be Still and Know That I Am God          

Welcome

Call to Worship
When tears are our food, God comes with a feast.
When fear is our path, God brings us courage.
When sorrow is our friend, God comforts and loves us.
When all hope seems lost, God is our rock and our redeemer.
So, in this Lenten season, bring your longing, bring your hope. God is with us here.
Lay down your fears, lay aside your doubts, faith has called us here.
Pour out your soul with prayer and worship.
Let us worship God, tender and just.

Opening Hymn No. 166 (verses 1, 3 and 4)   
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

Call to Confession  
Let us open our bodies, minds, and souls to the one who loves us without condition, trusting that we will receive grace and mercy, first in silent prayer.

Prayer of Confession   
God of joy, God of sorrow: we know that part of being human is acknowledging the brokenness in the world and in ourselves; and that part of being human is to love ourselves as you do, and to help you recreate from all these broken bits a new us and a new world. We confess the times in the past week when we have strayed from your path - when things we said or left unsaid, things we did or left undone, harmed us, our neighbors and your creation. In this Lenten season, heal our bodies, steady our souls and renew our minds. Help us to keep on keeping on. Help us to sit still. Go with us into the wilderness. Go with us as we make our way through these 40 days - bless us, strengthen us and give us peace. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness
Friends, God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The first and last word with God is grace—grace to heal and make new, grace to propel us forward. This is the good news of the gospel. Thanks be to God! Amen.  

Choral Response
Change My Heart, O God (new lyrics by Rev. Laura Sherwood)
Change my heart, O God and restore my soul
Change my heart, O God; make it as your own.
You are the Author of true shalom.
Where peace and justice are made at home.

Peace of Christ and Common Life

Scripture Readings                                       Micah 6:6-8; Mark 1:9-15
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

Sermon                               Rev. Jeff Lehn

Hymn of Response No. 70
What Does the Lord Require of You?

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. 

Call for Offering   
In this season of Lent, we are invited to participate in God’s kingdom emerging all around us. May we offer ourselves to God with glad and generous hearts, freely giving our tithes and offerings to the ministry of this congregation. In lieu of passing the plate, we invite you to give through our church website, our smartphone app, by texting the word “Wilmette” to the number 77977, or by sending a check to the church office. As we gather our gifts together and offer them to God, may we do so in gratitude and praise.

Congregational Response
The Doxology

Prayer of Dedication

Sending Hymn No.  372 (verses 1, 3, & 5) 
O for a World 

Charge and Benediction 

Postlude
Songs from the Iona Community John Bell

Worship Leaders:
Rev. Jeff Lehn, preaching
Rev. Laura Sherwood, pastoral liturgist
Peggy Massello, music leadership
Linnea Jacobs, liturgist
Claire DiVizio, Carol Moss and Linnea Jacobs, hymn soloists
FPCW Chancel Choir, doxology and choral response
FPCW Handbell Choir, postlude

Sources:
Prayer of Dedication and Prayers of the People adapted from "Life in Liturgy: Strengthening the Church in Praise" - Epiphany 4A and Lent 1B
Bulletin Image: James Janknegt, "Watchful Servants"