Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hopes' Liturgies for the Season of Lent 2018

The Service for the Lord’s Day 
The Season of Lent

2/18 1 Lent
2/25 2 Lent
3/4 3 Lent
3/11 4 Lent
3/18 5 Lent
3/25 Palm/Passion


2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 (On 3/25 the service begins differently; see below)

Gathering Music:
(Welcome & Announcements) 
Entrance Song: “Kum Ba Yah” (verse 1) 338/472
Call to Worship 

Blessed is the Kingdom,
of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
both now and forever,
and unto the ages of ages.

Opening Prayer

God of grace:
unto whom all hearts are open,
from whom 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.

Filling the Baptismal Font 

The celebrant fills the font with water and says one of the following.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus 
were baptized into his death? 
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, 
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, 
so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3, 4

Remember your baptism, and be thankful!


2/18 “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days” 81/166
2/25 “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” 80/insert
3/4 “How Firm a Foundation” 361/463
3/11 “Hope of the World” 360/734
3/18 “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me” 366/703
Prayer for Wholeness 


God of abundance:
you lead us into the desert.
Let our desire for always more
be satisfied by your Word alone.
Let our drive for more power
be released in our obedience to you.
Let our schemes for fame and approval
dissolve in our desire only to follow you.
In this season
turn our hearts away from what we may gain and acquire.
For our true worth is found in what we lose
so that, empty of distractions and obstructions,
your love may pour through us
in Jesus Christ.


God of silence:
in this season we confront ourselves.
We exist in a network of lies
of our own invention
separating us from you,
from others, and from our true selves.
We cower in fear, 
paralyzed by suspicion and dark fantasies.
We lash out in anger
with violent words and actions.
We hide in shame,
stoking hatreds over imagined assaults.
Let us turn our hearts to you
ever open to your saving love
revealed in Jesus.
Let your love, peace, and joy
overflow in our hearts.
May we be agents of your Truth.


Great God of power:
We admit to our anger
boiling in our bellies
in righteous indignation
pouring out in violence
of word and act.
We express it in unchained desire
that consumes and wastes
nature and people.
We deny it 
so it festers in our hearts
paralyzing us in silent rage.
We repress it in a self-righteous resentment
and condemning perfectionism.
We want to make a better world
by our own strength and will…
which only makes the world worse,
a wasteland of dashed hopes
and broken dreams. 
And we languish in the smoking ruin
of a world we destroyed in order to save.
O God, our Creator,
have mercy on us.


God of goodness and love:
We admit to our shame
twisting our hearts
in neediness and grief,
craving attention and affection
in which it is all about us.
We repress it by glomming on to others 
to make them need us.
We deny it by dedicating ourselves 
to success and distracting achievement.
We express it in a deluded individualism
aglow with our own specialness and independence.
Addicted to approval
we forget who we are,
becoming what we think will sell.
And our own emptiness
threatens to consume us. 
We corrupt love into a commodity,
and lose our own souls.
O God, our Creator,
have mercy on us.


God of light:
We admit that we are in darkness
and trapped in fear. 
We cower in an anxiety
causing us to placate and protect
against the unknown.
We express our fear by hoarding
and building unassailable walls of knowledge.
We repress it in schemes of insurance
and selling ourselves in loyalty to protectors.
We deny it by filling our time
with distracting new and better experiences.
Finally “safe” we dissolve in loneliness,
behind and within a thick and complex net,
choked and strangled
by what we can’t release.
We whimper in an impenetrable darkness
of our own making.
O God, our Creator,
have mercy on us.

(The service continues with the Kyrie, below.)


The people gather in the narthex with palm branches.

*Opening Prayer

We praise you, O God, 
for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ. 
Today he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph 
and was proclaimed Messiah and king 
by those who spread garments and branches along his way. 
Let these branches be signs of his victory, 
and grant that we who carry them 
may follow him in the way of the cross, 
that, dying and rising with him, 
we may enter into your kingdom; 
through Jesus Christ, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
now and forever.  Amen.

*Proclamation of the Entry Into Jerusalem  

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—
   the King of Israel!’ 
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 
‘Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion.
Look, your king is coming,
   sitting on a donkey’s colt!’ 
His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. The Pharisees then said to one another, ‘You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!’ John 12:12-19
*Procession with Palms:  “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” 88/196

The people process into the Sanctuary.

Welcome & Announcements

Filling the Baptismal Font

Do you not know that all of us 
who have been baptized into Christ Jesus 
were baptized into his death? 
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, 
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead 
by the glory of the Father, 
so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3, 4

Remember your baptism, and be thankful!

*Hymn: “Ride On, Ride On In Majesty!     91/198

Prayer for Wholeness

Talk is cheap.
It is easy to placate you with promises, O God,
We agree to go,
But then we stay.
We promise to do as you say,
Then we do as we please.
We welcome you on Sunday,
And we abandon you by Friday.
We expect a reward for our fine, faithful words,
While we hope you don’t see our sorry, selfish actions.
Yet your arms reach out to embrace us, even on the cross,
Ready to receive us when we finally do turn to you.
When you send us into the world with good news:
Help us to trust in you and to obey.

Kyrie: “Lord, Have Mercy” ——/579

Invocation of the Trinity

O Holy God, you dwell among us, 
worshiped by all the heavenly powers. 
You have brought all things out of nothing into being. 
You have created man and woman in your image and likeness 
and adorned them with all the gifts of grace. 
You give wisdom and understanding to those who ask,
and have established repentance as the way of salvation. 
You have enabled us to offer to you due worship and praise. 
Master, accept our prayers  
and visit us in your goodness. 
Forgive our voluntary and involuntary transgressions, 
sanctify our souls and bodies, 
and grant that we may worship and serve you 
in holiness all the days of our lives.
Amen. Eastern Orthodox, alt.

*Gloria: “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (verse 4) 460/4

TF *Procession of the Word

A child processes into the Sanctuary carrying a Bible, as the people sing the Gloria.
*The Peace

Christ is in the midst of us.
He is and ever shall be.
May the grace and peace of Christ our God be with all of you.
And also with you.

LW  Stewardship Talking Point 

2/18 Simplicity
2/25 Generosity
3/4 Honesty
3/11 Hospitality
3/18 Compassion
3/25 Receptivity

The people exchange words and signs of God’s peace.

*Spiritual: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” (verse 1) 369/700


TF (Our young disciples continue worship and learning downstairs.)

Prayer for Understanding

Enlighten our hearts and minds by your Word, O God.
Open our eyes to the truth of your saving love, 
revealed in Scripture,
Move our legs to walk in your way of peace.
Open our hands to do your work,
and our arms to welcome others in your name.
For you are the enlightening of our souls and bodies, 
O Christ our God, 
and to you we give glory, now and forever.  

Hebrew Scriptures

2/18 Genesis 9:8-17
2/25 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
3/4 Exodus 20:1-17
3/11 Numbers 21:4-9
3/18 Jeremiah 31:31-34
3/25 Isaiah 50:4-9a


2/18 “Lord, to You My Soul Is Lifted”  Psalm 25:1-10 178/420


You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
   but heard when I cried to him. 
From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 
All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him. 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 
To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him. 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.  Psalm 22:23-31

3/4 TF “God’s Law Is Perfect and Gives Life”  Psalm 19 167/——
LW “Your Law, O Lord, Is Perfect” Psalm 19 ——/61

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
   those he redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands,
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south. 
Some were sick through their sinful ways,
   and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 
they loathed any kind of food,
   and they drew near to the gates of death. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he saved them from their distress; 
he sent out his word and healed them,
   and delivered them from destruction. 
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind.  
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-21

3/18 TF “Have Mercy on Us, Living Lord” (verses 1-4) Psalm 51:1-12 195/——
LW “Have Mercy, God, Upon My Life” Psalm 51:1-12 ——/421

3/25 “This Is the Day the Lord Has Made” Psalm 118 230/681


2/18 Mark 1:9-15
2/25 Mark 8:31-38
3/4 John 2:13-22
3/11 John 3:14-21
3/18 John 12:20-33
3/25 Mark 14:1-15:47*


Prayers of God’s Creation and People


O Great Healer:
let your Spirit swing 
around us and through us,
over us, under us, and among us,
with healing in her wings,
making us whole
and restoring us to our created goodness.


As the Lord Jesus walked among us, full of grace and truth,
he demonstrated a life of service, healing, and generosity.

Thus we also pray for…

O Deep Mystery:
Bless all of us here today, 
as we offer our worship and praise to you,
and for all those baptized into your Name of every time and place
who have sought to trust and follow you.
We pray especially for disciples chosen for leadership in your church….

And as we gather we also represent our whole community, especially: 
the aged and infirm…
the grieving and abandoned…
the sick and the addicted…
the poor and the oppressed…  
the unemployed and the destitute…
the undocumented, migrants, and refugees…
indigenous peoples…
victims of war and violence… 
victims of natural disasters…
victims of domestic abuse…
and all who remember and care for the needy among us…. 

As you commanded, O Lord,
we pray for our enemies and those who wish us harm.

And we gather the voices of your entire creation
giving words to the manifold sounds of birds,
animals, insects, and creatures of the waters,
whom you made to praise and glorify you….

We gather as well with all those who have died in the hope of resurrection,
and are now at rest….

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
In the communion of all the saints, 
we commend ourselves, one another, 
and our whole life to you, O Christ our God,
and to you we render glory
now and forever.


Minute for Mission, One Great Hour of Sharing


The Earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof,
the world and all that dwell therein.            Psalm 24:1 

Offertory Music: “” 

TF The bread and wine for communion are carried to the Table as the congregation sings:

*Doxology: “O What Shall I Render?” (verse 1) 557/insert

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the meal of paradise!
The foretaste of the blessings coming to us,
a sign of abundance and generosity,
forgiveness and deliverance. PfR 

This is the Lord’s table.
Our Savior invites those who trust in him
to share in the feast
which he has prepared.

Opening Dialogue

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Communion Preface

We need not hide ourselves from you, 
before whose justice no one can stand. 
Your mercy was proclaimed by the apostles and the prophets, 
and shown forth to us in Jesus Christ. 
You give your law to guide us, 
and you promise new life for all, 
that we may live to serve you among our neighbors 
in all we do and say. BCW


And so we join our voices 
with those of all your people
in every time and place,
in the angels’ song of praise to you:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he, O blessed is he 
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest,
Hosanna in the highest! “St. Anne Sanctus”

Eucharistic Prayer

We give you thanks, O God,
through your beloved Servant, Jesus Christ, 
whom you have sent in these last times
as savior and redeemer,
and messenger of your will.
He is your Word,
inseparable from you,
through whom you made all things
and in whom you take delight. 
You sent him from heaven into the Virgin’s womb, 
where he was conceived, and took flesh.
Born of the Virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit, 
he was revealed as your Son. 
In fulfillment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering
to release from suffering those who place their trust in you, 
and so won for you a holy people. 
He freely accepted the death to which he was handed over, 
in order to destroy death
and to shatter the chains of the evil one;
to trample underfoot the powers of hell 
and to lead the righteous into light; 
to fix the boundaries of death
and to manifest the resurrection. 

And so he took bread, gave thanks to you, 
and said: “Take, and eat;
this is my body, broken for you.”
In the same way he took the cup, saying: 
“This is my blood, shed for you.
When you do this, do it for the remembrance of me.” 

Remembering therefore his death and resurrection, 
we set before you this bread and cup,
thankful that you have counted us worthy
to stand in your presence 
and serve you as your priestly people. 
We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of the holy church.
Gather into one all who share these holy mysteries, 
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
that together we may praise you and give you glory, 
through your Servant, Jesus Christ. 
Through him all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, 
with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, 
now and forever. 
Amen. Hippolytus of Rome


O God,
like a woman searching for a lost coin,
so do you seek us.

And so we are bold to pray in the words Jesus taught us,
saying: Our Father….
The Breaking of Bread

The Lamb of God is broken and distributed.
He is broken but he is not divided.
He is forever eaten, but he is never consumed.
And he restores and makes holy
all who participate in him. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God:
you take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God:
you take away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God:
you take away the sins of the world.
Grant us your peace.


“Lamb of God” ——/604

The Holy Communion of the People of God

With hearts trusting in an awesome God, 
come to the Table.  
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Receive the Body of Christ:
taste the fountain of immortality.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The people come to the Table to share in Christ’s body and blood by intinction:
taking a piece of bread, dipping it into the cup, and eating it.
Those who wish to pray with the pastor before or after communion may meet with him to the side.

May the Body and Blood of Christ our God 
bring you to everlasting life.

Communion Music: “Just as I Am” 370/442 

Closing Prayer/Prayer of Thanksgiving

Gracious God,
we give you thanks
that in Jesus Christ,
who is your Word,
you have emptied yourself,
becoming flesh to dwell among us
full of grace and truth.
He brings good news to the poor,
proclaims release to the captives,
gives sight to the blind,
liberates the oppressed,
makes the lame walk,
welcomes sinners, 
and even raises the dead.
In giving his life for the life of the world
he sets us free from sin and death.
And he gives us your Holy Spirit
by whom he is present with us even now,
gathering us into one beloved community.
and sending us into the world
with the good news of your love.


O God,
like a woman searching for a lost coin,
so do you seek us.

And so we are bold to pray in the words Jesus taught us,
saying: Our Father….

*Hymn: a

2/18 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” 367/203
2/25 “Be Thou My Vision” 339/450
3/4 “Blessed Assurance” 341/839
3/11 “Christ of the Upward Way” 344/insert
3/18 “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive” 347/444
3/25 “Lamb of God” ——/518




God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God.
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol....
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet... anything that belongs to your neighbor.         From Exodus 20:1-17

2/18, 2/25, 3/11, 3/18

Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  
Blessed are those who mourn, 
for they will be comforted.  
Blessed are the meek, 
for they will inherit the earth.  
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they will be filled.  
Blessed are the merciful, 
for they will receive mercy.  
Blessed are the pure in heart, 
for they will see God.  
Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they will be called children of God.  
Blessed are those who are persecuted 
for righteousness' sake, 
for theirs is the kingdom of  heaven.  
Blessed are you 
when people revile you and persecute you 
and utter all kinds of evil against you 
falsely on my account.  
Rejoice and be glad, 
for your reward is great in heaven, 
for in the same way 
they persecuted the prophets who were before you.             Matthew 5:3-12                                                                                                    



And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:13

*Choral Benediction: “Jesus, Remember Me” (3x) 599/227



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