Order of Worship
Call to Worship*
One: Come, all you people, come and worship.
All: God has made a covenant with us.
One: Come, all creatures of the earth, come and worship.
All: God has made a covenant with all creatures.
One: God has sealed this covenant with redeeming love;
All: O lamb of God, we come to worship you!
Opening Hymn: "Just as I Am, Without One Plea" (verses 1, 3, and 5) (UMH 357)
Prayer of Confession*
God of the rainbow,
you made a covenant with all creatures,
promising life and hope.
God of pathways,
you show us how we should walk.
Yet we forget our connection with one another
and think that we are the center of the universe.
We wander from your paths of truth
into paths of deceit and pride.
Forgive us, turn us around, and lead us back
into the arms of your love. Amen.
Words of Assurance*
God is merciful and full of steadfast love.
God will not forget us,
but will wash us clean,
and lead us on paths of steadfast love
Passing the Peace
Children's Message: Debbie Harwell
Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV) - Kevin Harwell
Message: "The Broken Way: Repent" - Rev. Greg Milinovich
Prayer Song: "Depth of Mercy" (UMH 355)
Closing Hymn: "Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast" (UMH 339)
*adapted from liturgy by Mary Petrina Boyd
- How is Lent (or how might it be) like a "springtime of the spirit?"
- What do you make of the distinction between the "turn or burn" call to repentance, and the "even now return to me with all your heart" call in Joel 2:12? Is the difference important? Why or why not?
- Think again about Jesus' 3-point sermon in Mark 1. Given what we know about Jesus' life and ministry, what do you think Jesus' call to repentance was a turning from, and a turning to? How do you think people heard it then? How do you hear it today?
- Bonus Questions for personal reflection: How is God calling you to repent in this season? What do you need to turn from and return to? How might you need to believe the Good News once again?