As we continue through this time of physical distancing, we're providing this worship service for you and your family to use. You can go through the parts of the worship service below.


At 11am CT each Sunday morning we gather with Pastor Kim via Zoom for worship and

a chance to say 'Hi!'. Everyone is invited to join us!


The current week's Zoom information will be posted on that Sunday’s worship page under the Connect menu.


Sunday School lessons can be found here.


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Order of worship

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


Announcements and Life Together


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Call to Worship

We gather in the season of Lent,

a time to examine our hearts and our lives

   and journey with Christ through the suffering of the world.

Let us pick up our crosses and follow Christ

   on a path that is lined with God’s love.

God has marked us as beloved dust

   and called us together to worship.


Prayer of Praise

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: Give us faith to perceive Christs glory, that we may be strengthened to bear our cross for one another and be changed into Christs likeness, from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Call to Confession

In the name of Jesus, who showed us how to live, 

may we be reconciled to God, now and forevermore.


Prayer of Confession

O God, you have made us your covenant people,

marked us as your own, and charged us for lives of service.

Forgive us when we live as if success were the worthiest aim

or independence the highest virtue.

Call us once more to take up our crosses,

and show us how to follow you.

Forgive us, O God, and wash us in your mercy.

Forgive us, O God, and free us to try again.


Assurance of Grace

Hear the good news; God has claimed us as Gods own before we were even born. 

We are washed in the waters of Gods promises and in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  

Thanks be to God.


Children’s Message

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Prayer of Illumination


Scripture Reading


Mark 8:31-38 (NRSV)

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. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 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.” 

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. 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. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 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.”


This is the word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.

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Second Scripture Reading

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV)

When 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. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I 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. 


God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I 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.”


Sermon

'Against All Odds'

Rev. Kim Smith-Stanley

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Prayers of the People


The Lord's Prayer

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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.


Offering and Doxology

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Benediction

Let all God’s people say…

Amen.


Passing of the Peace


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