March 17, 2019

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The second sunday of Lent

Abram trusted in the Lord, and he credited to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)


God Gathers Us for Worship



Call to Worship:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

        will rest in the shadow of the Almighty

I will say of the Lord:

        “He is my refuge and my fortress,

        My God, in whom I trust.”

Prayer of Preparation

* Opening Hymn:               O Worship the King (# 2:1,3-5)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:            This Is My Father’s World (# 21)

Give Thanks (# 358)

* Prayer of Invocation

Lord Jesus, you walk with us

        … in the wilderness of our secular world.

Let us drink from your Spirit, O Lord.

        … on the streets of our modern cities.

Let us trust in your Word, O Christ.

        … and through the valley of the shadow of death.

Let us find our life in you, O Lord.

O Lord, you are Christ our King.

Remember us in your Kingdom.


Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship
as we sing Go Now in Peace (# 950)

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession: from Psalm 32

Blessed is the one

        whose transgressions are forgiven

        whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one

    whose sin the Lord does not count against them

    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

In God Alone: (# 433)

Prayer of Confession

In God Alone: (# 433)

Assurance of Pardon:

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away

        through my groaning all day long.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you

         and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”

        And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

In God Alone: (# 433)

* We Share the Passing of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

God’s will for our lives: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21


We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 (pg. 10)

Psalm 27:

                Refrain (# 885)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

    whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me

    to devour[a] me,

it is my enemies and my foes

    who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me,

    my heart will not fear;

though war break out against me,

    even then I will be confident.


One thing I ask from the Lord,

    this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

    and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble

    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted

    above the enemies who surround me;

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;

    I will sing and make music to the Lord.


Hear my voice when I call, Lord;

    be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me,

    do not turn your servant away in anger;

    you have been my helper.

Do not reject me or forsake me,

    God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me,

    the Lord will receive me.

Teach me your way, Lord;

    lead me in a straight path

    because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,

    for false witnesses rise up against me,

    spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this:

    I will see the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

    be strong and take heart

    and wait for the Lord.


Epistle Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1 (pg. 832)

Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35 (pg. 739)

                                The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message:  Fasting from Fear: From Fear to Faith.

We Respond Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: Great Is Thy Faithfulness (# 348)

Offerings:   The Ministries of Hessel Park Church
(please sign and pass friendship folders)


The Lord be with you

        And also with you

Let us give thanks to the Lord

        It is right to give our thanks and praise.

        (prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Closing Hymn: Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer (# 43)

* God’s Blessing

The Lord is my light and my salvation -

        whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life -

        of whom shall I be afraid?

May the God of love, who shared his love,

        strengthen us in our love for others

May the Son who shared his life

        grant us grace, that we might share our life.

May the Holy Spirit dwelling within us

        empower us to be only and always for others.