February 18, 2018

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The First Sunday of Lent

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye

and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew7:3)

God Gathers Us for Worship



Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship: Psalm 22:23-24

Leader:            You who fear the Lord, praise him!

People:                            All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

        Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not despised or scorned

        the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

        but has listened to his cry for help.

* Opening Hymn: Amazing Grace (# 691)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:   Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (# 610)

Ubi caritas et amor (# 154:3X)

* Prayer of Invocation

Lord Jesus, we walk with you

        through the valley of the shadow of death.

        Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

Banished from the Garden of Eden for our rebellion,

        we long for the garden of Paradise.

O Lord, you are the Christ.

        Remember us in your kingdom.

We come to hear you speak of your love for us.

        You have the words of eternal life. Amen.

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship

as we sing May the Peace of Christ Be with You  (# 949)

May the peace of Christ be with you.

May the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart.

May the Spirit enlighten your way.

May you walk in the comfort of God’s care.

Words: Japanese blessing; tr. Lori True © 2008, 2010 GIA Publications, Inc. 

 All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net # A-704874.

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession: Psalm 51:15, 10-12

Open my lips, Lord,

        and my mouth will declare your praise.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

        and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

        or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

        and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Prayer of Confession: Psalm 51: 1-3, 7

Have mercy on me, O God,

        according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

        blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

        and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,

        and my sin is always before me.


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

        wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Amen

Assurance of Pardon: Ephesians 2:1-2a, 4-5

* The Passing of the Peace

                The peace of the Lord be with you.

                And also with you.

                (We greet each other with these same words.)

God’s Will for Our Lives: Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-18 (pg. 858)

Prayer of God’s People

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 9:8-17 (pg. 6)

Psalm 25:1-10 (pg. 393; Refrain, 1-3, Refrain, 4-7, Refrain, 8-10, Refrain)


Gospel Reading:  Matthew 7:1-6 (pg. 685)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: Judge Not

We Respond with Thanksgiving

Hymn of Response: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (# 689)

Offerings: The Ministry of Hessel Park Church

                                (please sign and pass friendship folders)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
        It is right to give our thanks and praise

(Prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Closing Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness (# 378t)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

Thanks be to God.

May God the Father, who led his children through the wilderness,

Christ, the Son, who conquered death,

And the Holy Spirit, whose breath gives life to all,

Bless you and guide you in the way everlasting,

Keep you and bring you to your eternal home.