Watchword for the Week

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)

ORGAN PRELUDE

WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP

(Verses from Psalm 27)

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the strongholdof my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Hear me, LORD, when I call to you! Be merciful and answer me!

Don’t be angry with me; don’t turn your servant away.

Teach me, LORD, what you want me to do, and lead me along a safe path.

In times of trouble the LORD will shelter me; He will keep me safe in his Temple.

Trust in the LORD. Have faith, do not despair.

With shouts of joy I will offer sacrifices in his Temple; I will sing, I will praise the LORD.

Hymn 175 * Praise, I will praise you, Lord

(People’s Choice Hymns are marked with a *)

PRAYER of APPROACH

Mighty God, crafter of stars, shaper of planets, maker of all living things and giver of life to the world,

all creation praises you.

Loving God, who watches as we sleep, who is present when we wake, who moves among our lives and who shares our deepest moments,

we, your people, praise you.

Generous God, who walks the paths we tread, who rejoices at our happiest times, who weeps with us when we are sad and yearns to heal us,

our very souls praise you.

Journeying God, you dare us to hope, you ask us to trust, you equip us with faith and believe that is enough. Yet we come before you lacking in hope, trust and faith. We come before you fearful of your challenge to us, afraid of your demands on us, reluctant to go further with you because of what that might mean.

We come, hearing talk of today, tomorrow and the next day, yet we can barely think beyond the now of our lives.

Parent God, gather us up, with our doubts, our worries, our failures, our inadequacies, so that we may once more know the warmth and the protection of your forgiving grace.

Help us to see beyond that which confines us to that which liberates us.

Show us that what we have is enough for now. And focus our eyes on a place which lies beyond a city wall that we might meet you there before too long.

So be it. Amen.

Choir Anthem Wash me throughly (David Halls)

WORDS of ASSURANCE

God made a covenant with our faith ancestors Abram and Sarai, and all generations, “I give you life, life to the full, life renewed and life reborn. All this I give you. It is like a fire, a light that burns, in the night. I make this covenant with you now, O forgiven ones. You are the descendants of grace. Live out your lives here.”

Thanks be to God! Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME

SHARING GOD’S PEACE

(Children may leave for Kids’ Church)

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 NT p. 250 (249)

Choir Anthem Lead me, Lord (Samuel S. Wesley)

St. Luke 13:31-35 NT p. 98

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 360 Jesus Christ is waiting

(Hymn of the Month, February 2013)

SERMON Pastorin Stefani Haferung

Hymn 547 * What a friend we have in Jesus

(Offerings are gathered)

Hymn 807 Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below;

Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

(Offerings are brought forward)

DEDICATION PRAYER

Father God, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son so that those who believe in him should have everlasting life. We cannot repay the debt we owe, but we give you what we can. Take us and use us to your glory; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (see overleaf and insert)

PRAYERS for OTHERS

Response: You are our God:

in you we put our trust.

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.

Hymn 490 * Jesus, lover of my soul

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)

ORGAN POSTLUDE