Weekly Online Worship
February 28, 2021
Lent 2: “Telling It Like It Is”
Prelude “Come to Me” – Christopher Grundy
Opening Song “Create in Me a Clean Heart” – Maranatha Singers
Opening to the Spirit’s Instruction
Scripture Readings Psalm 51:1-17
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
5 Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 You desire truth in the inward being;[a]
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right[b] spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing[c] spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God[d] is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
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 “Depth of Mercy” – The hapyframer
Teaching “Telling It Like It Is” – Pastor Craig
Spiritual Practice Confession
Song “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive” – Koine
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 citizens.
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
Let us pray for our friends, family, and neighbors for their health and
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
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 “Cares Chorus” – Kelly Willard
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 “My Peace” – Maranatha Singers