Weekly Online Worship

February 21, 2021

Lent 1: “Centered in Love”

Opening
Prelude “Come to Me” – Christopher Grundy

Lenten Welcome
Opening Song “Come and Find the Quiet Center” – JCUMC Virtual Choir
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction

Scripture Readings Psalm 131
1O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.[a]
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.
Psalm 119:33-48
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees,
and not to selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
which is for those who fear you.
39 Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.
40 See, I have longed for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life.
41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
your salvation according to your promise.
42 Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your ordinances.
44 I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever.
45 I shall walk at liberty,
for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
and shall not be put to shame;
47 I find my delight in your commandments,
because I love them.
48 I revere your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.

May God’s Spirit speak to us today through these words of Scripture,
the music we sing and hear, and the message shared this day.

Song “Cry of My Heart” – Vineyard Worship
Teaching “Centered in Love” – Pastor Craig
Spiritual Practice Centering Prayer
Song “I Will Sing of Your Love, Love, Love” – Christopher Grundy
Prayers for Our World and One Another
Let us enter now into a time of prayer for one another and for our world.
We will do what is called a Bidding Prayer. I will open, and then I will
bid your prayers based around various categories. During the silence
after each category is bid, I invite you to add your own prayers, either
aloud or in silence. I will then close with a prayer, then the Lord’s Prayer.
Let us be in prayer.


Let us pray now for all who are ill, in hospital or at home, especially
those affected by cancer or COVID-19
.


Let us pray now for all medical and emergency services personnel who
are responding to the best of their abilities with the resources that they
have at hand.


Let us pray now for all those who are hungry or food insecure, and for
all community and religious efforts to provide food and shelter.


Let us pray for all who are still displaced from their homes, and those
who have no home.


Let us pray for the leaders of nations around the world, not only
regarding their response to this pandemic, but also that they may do
everything possible to assure the health and welfare of their citizen
s.


Let us pray for all school and college governing boards, administrations
and staff, all faculty, and students as they work to offer appropriate and
equitable education in a manner that protects the health and safety of all
persons.


Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and
well-being.


Let us also express our thanks to God for the expressions of love and
caring that we have witnessed in our families, communities, and world.


Let us express our gratitude for life and the myriad things that gladden
our hearts.


These prayers, spoken aloud or in silence, we lift into the universal
embrace of the One who is Love, and we make them in the name of the
One who showed us what Love looks like in the flesh, Jesus Christ our
Lord, and we now join our voices in the prayer he taught us, saying:
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
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine
is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Prayer Response “I Love You Lord and I Lift My Voice” – Ghing Heria
Benediction “A Blessing for a New World”
The Lord arise as Light within you,
The Path of Jesus stretch out before you,
The breath of the Spirit renew you.
May justice be at the forefront of your thoughts,
May mercy and kindness be each step you take,
And may love flow as blood in your veins.
Be to the world the Good News they long to see,
The balm of healing for the pain they feel,
And the wisdom that melts away the dross of the foolhardiness that
grips our world so callously.
Be the change the world desires to see. Amen (CSPS)

Closing Song “You Shall Go Out with Joy” – vbtyree
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