The Second Sunday
in Lent

February 28, 2021

Immanuel Kids' Moment

Come hear the story of Abraham and Sarah! And how God always keeps promises and is with us everyday!

Service of Word, Song, and Prayer

~ Gathering ~

Prelude Fugue in B Minor - J.S. Bach
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ

Confession and Forgiveness
We gather as we live our lives
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Trusting in God’s promise of salvation,
let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God,
we confess that we are in bondage to sin
and cannot free ourselves. 
We claim to follow Jesus
but have not taken his path of sacrificial love.
We call ourselves disciples,
but we are not willing to bear the cost of discipleship.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for sincere repentance
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Hear the good news:
God is gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
God calls us beloved. God’s mercy never ends.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven.
Walk with love and grace!

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
               And also with you.

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


~ Word ~

First Lesson  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”

 15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

Word of God. Word of life
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 22:23-31
23You who fear the Lord, give praise! All you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
Stand in awe of the Lord, all you offspring of Israel.
24For the Lord does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither is the Lord‘s face hidden from them;
but when they cry out, the Lord hears them.
25From you comes my praise in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the sight of those who fear the Lord.
26The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
Let those who seek the Lord give praise! May your hearts live forever! 
27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
all the families of nations shall bow before God.
28For dominion belongs to the Lord,
who rules over the nations.
29Indeed, all who sleep in the earth shall bow down in worship;
all who go down to the dust, though they be dead, shall kneel before the Lord.
30Their descendants shall serve the Lord,
whom they shall proclaim to generations to come.
31They shall proclaim God’s deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying to them, “The Lord has acted!” 

Gospel   Mark 8:27-38

The Holy Gospel according to Mark.
               Glory to you, O Lord.

27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
               Praise to you, O Christ.


Apostles' Creed

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

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

Prayers of Intercession and Lord's Prayer

Trusting in the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

Each petition ends:
 Holy God,
 hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude:
We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray:
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 and ever. Amen.

~ Sending ~



Go in peace and love as you journey with God.
Thanks be to God!

O God, receive this gift as you receive us: like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide. Nourish us anew in your tender care, and empower us in faithful service to tend to others with this same love, through Jesus Christ, our saving grace. Amen.

Pastor: Rev. Joanne Groman-Stewart
Director of Music Ministry: Josh Ehlebracht
Assisting Minister: Kathy Bannon

Coming Up at Immanuel...

Join Us Next Sunday on Zoom, Sunday, February 28 ...

We worship together Sunday mornings at 9:00 via Zoom. Tune into Zoom to join with others as we worship together live for a service of the Word, Music, and Prayer. The service will also be recorded to view at a later time and will be posted on Immanuel's website and Facebook, as well as emailed on Sunday afternoon.

We celebrate the Lord's Supper next Sunday. Have a meal of bread and wine or juice ready for worship as we share in this meal of love and grace.

And you can make a morning of it! Following worship, remain on Zoom for a time of fellowship and the chance to greet one another. Then finish off the morning by joining the Adult Sunday School Class at 10:00. How wonderful it will be to see one another and gather together!

You may access Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, by going to and entering the Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted.
Meeting ID: 816 5822 3058
Passcode: 926425

You may also phone in:
    +1 929 205 6099 US (long distance charges may apply)

A note to remember: Please remain muted throughout the service, especially during hymns.

Midweek Worship in Lent

We will have 2 different midweek worship opportunities as we journey through the season of Lent. Pastors of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Conference of our synod will be leading a worship service on Zoom each Wednesday evening at 7:00, Created for Community, as we reflect on ways we are gathered together as God's people.

Last week, because of the wonderful but unexpected response to the Conference worship, the meeting exceeded the maximum number of participants and a number of folks were unable to join. That issue has been corrected and should enable all to participate in this wonderful opportunity to gather with others throughout the Rochester area and beyond!

You may access the Wednesday evening Zoom worship at:
Meeting ID: 837 4022 0666
Passcode: 802756

Or you may click the button below to take you directly to the Wednesday evening Zoom worship.
In addition to meeting in person on Zoom, the much-loved Holden Evening Prayer will be recorded by clergy of the conference and shared each Wednesday for you to watch on your own time.

You may read more about this year's midweek worship by clicking the link below. Links and Zoom information will be shared each Wednesday. Share the beauty and grace of this season by worship with our siblings from around the conference.
Adult Sunday School
Today on Zoom

Join the conversation! We will be looking at Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. We all know we should read the Bible, and maybe even have tried, but somehow we don’t find ourselves pulled into its pages the way we have been by other books. Tune into Zoom and dig more deeply into this wonderful book!

Meeting ID: 816 5822 3058
Passcode: 926425
Book Discussion Tuesdays at 7

In her book, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving shares her own story of naivety transformed to understanding, and poses an introspective, thought-provoking question with each chapter to challenge readers to consider their own situation and how that impacts their perspective of race and racism. Join in the discussion Tuesdays at 7pm on Zoom as we allow ourselves to be challenged and seek to grow in our own understandings of race and ethnicity. Waking Up White is available through the library system and in both paperback and on Kindle and Nook.

Meeting ID: 884 8060 0257
Passcode: 805281
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Bible Study continues this Wednesday at 9:00 on Zoom as we look at the readings for the upcoming Sundays. It's a morning full of friendship, learning, and fun!

Log into Zoom:
Meeting ID: 837 9151 1254
Passcode: Bibles
40 Days+40 Miles+40 Dollars:
Walking to End Hunger
#UNYSWalkingToEndHunger #40days40miles40dollars
Get out those walking shoes or boots or sneakers or snowshoes! 
Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, and throughout the season of Lent, join the virtual walk with Bishop Macholz and others throughout the synod while learning more about issues of hunger and what we can do to help.
How to participate:
1.    Make a commitment to walk at least 40 miles in the 40 days of Lent and donate $40 to ELCA World Hunger. You can walk in the great outdoors or just around your house as you develop this shared Lenten practice of walking and giving financially to the work of ending hunger.

2.    Share your progress on social media using these hashtags #UNYSWalkingToEndHunger #40days40miles40dollars #ELCAWorldHunger Be sure to watch for Bishop Macholz's messages as we walk through the season.

3.    When you reach 40 miles click below to register your accomplishment and make your donation. All monies collected will be given to ELCA World Hunger. You may also send a check to the UNYS Synod and make sure to make note that it is for ELCA World Hunger.

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