WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Panis Angelicus” Cesar Franck SERVICE FOR LENTEN CANDLES
LITANY – from Psalm 32:19-22
Leader: We have a wonderful God!
People: Those of us who honor and trust him can
see all the blessings he has for us.
Leader: Praise God for his great kindness,
People: for he answers our cries for help.
SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER
*HYMN 263 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you; we have turned aside to go our own way. We are misled by our pride – we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Sanctify us by your Spirit, that we may walk in paths of righteousness for your holy name’s sake….
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -- 1 John 1:9
Hear then Christ’s word of grace to us: Our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7; Matthew 4:1-11
SERMON “Temptation and Change” Rev. Barrett Ingram
Text: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1).
*HYMN 166 “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed pg. 35
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “Abide, O Dearest Jesus”
arr. Walter Ehret
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY Hymn 606
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 724 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”