February 18, 2018




PRELUDE:    Prelude and Fugue in D major    J.S. Bach                         




* SANCTUS (pew card)         


* CALL TO WORSHIP        Dorien Day                                        

Journey with us, O holy God, as we begin our way to the cross.

Sharpen our focus, that our attention may center more on you than ourselves.

Lead us through the shadows of darkness and prepare our hearts,

that we might be a people of prayer, ready to perceive and respond to your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.


* HYMN No. 192     O Sing a Song of Bethlehem


PRAYER OF CONFESSION          Carlos Rivera     

Almighty God,

to you all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hid.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you

and worthily magnify your holy name.


(Prayers of Silent Confession)

Kyrie:    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

    Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.



In our baptisms, we have been adopted by God.

We are God’s beloved children, and brothers and sisters to one another.

In our baptisms, we have been washed by Jesus Christ.

We are forgiven; our shame and guilt are wiped clean.

In our baptisms, we have been anointed with God’s Spirit.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit and signs of God’s restorative work.

In our baptisms, we have been called to God’s mission.

We are disciples, followers of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, called to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.




ANTHEM:                   Steal Away    Brian Tate    

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus.

Steal away, steal away home.

I ain't got long to stay here.

My Lord, He calls me by the thunder, 

the trumpet sounds within my soul;

I ain't got long to stay here.

Steal away, steal away home.

I ain't got long to stay here.

Green trees are bending, 

poor sinner stands a-trembling,

the trumpet sounds within my soul;

I ain't got long to stay here.

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus.

Steal away, steal away home.

I ain't got long to stay here.



Congregational Response:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation,

    of whom should I be afraid,

    of whom should I be afraid?

Lord’s Prayer (pew card)  


* HYMN No. 193     O Love, How Deep, How Broad


Prayer of Illumination

Holy and loving God, as we worship you today,

we long for your Spirit to both comfort and challenge us, to help us become more holy and more loving.

We pray for new understanding, humility, patience, and discipline that will help us die to sin and live for Jesus. Amen.



Psalm 25:1-10        p. 436    

Mark 1:9-15            p. 812

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


SERMON            Aware and Expectant    Rev. Blaine Crawford


Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 88-90

Q. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?

A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.

Q. What is the dying-away of the old self?

A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.

Q. What is the rising-to-life of the new self?

A. Wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.



           Offertory:      Into the Woods my Master Went    Peter Lutkin

Into the woods my Master went, clean for-spent.

Into the woods my Master came,

for-spent with love and shame.

But the olives, they were not blind to Him

the little gray leaves were kind to Him;

The thorn tree had a mind to Him

when into the woods He came.

Out of the woods my Master went,

and He was well content;

Out of the woods my Master came,

content with death and shame.

When death and shame would woo Him last,

from under the trees they drew Him last,

'Twas on a tree the slew Him last

When out of the woods He came.

* The Doxology (pew card)      

* Prayer of Dedication


* HYMN No. 199     Tell Me the Story of Jesus



Response:           Jesus Remember Me

Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.         


POSTLUDE:        Cesar Franck               

        Prelude from Prelude Fugue and Variation


Prayer List

Remember the following individuals in your daily prayer:

Bermudez family, Diane Blagburn, Jose, Gracinda and David Cerqueira, Rosemarie Dappio, Dombrowski family, William Duchemin, Joan Dwyer, Angela Edward, Lynne Johnson, Kathy Kissane, Jason Knese, Ginny Marsico, Ann McCaffrey, Alda Muyskens, Denise Moran, Stacey Muller, Joan Pearson, Keith Pearson, Megan Peters, Isabelita Rueda, Kook Ryo, Debra & Greg Sparrow 



FEBRUARY 18, 2018


Adult Sunday School Opportunity   

Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:30 a.m., Library

Adults are invited to join a Sunday morning class entitled, "Ripped from the Headlines - Integrating your Faith with Current Events!"  Led by seminary intern Carlos Rivera, the class will extend through the end of April with a new headline discussed every few weeks.


Lenten Mission 2018 - Important Dates and Opportunities

February 25

  • Adult Sunday School, 9:45-10:30
  • Guest speaker/s during worship
  • Special educational coffee hour

Quilt Sewing Group: If interested, contact Jeanne Sarran.

Home Goods Collection: Begins February 25; ends March 25


Weekly Calendar

Tuesdays, Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Folensbee Lounge

Wednesdays, Yoga, 7:30 p.m., Gessner Hall

Thursdays, Prayer Group, 6:00 p.m., Folensbee Lounge


Looking Ahead:

March 17 – Discipleship Retreat, 10am – 2 pm

March 17 – Benefit Concert, 7:30 pm

March 18 – Women’s Communion Breakfast – 9:30 am