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Sunday Worship Service

February 25, 2024
10:00 AM
 
In person in the sanctuary and via Zoom and Facebook

Zoom Meeting ID: 839 4473 4152
Passcode: 680497
Phone # +1 929 205 6099 (NY)

(*Please Stand If You Are Able)

 

Opening Voluntary – “Arioso” by J. S. Bach

 

Choral Introit

 

Welcome/Greetings

 

*Call to Worship

L:  Welcome this day to the second step on our Lenten Journey.

P:  We come with great hope and expectation as we walk the way of Christ.

L:  Today’s journey will demand much of us.

P:  Lord, make us ready to offer ourselves to you.

L:  Come, let us begin again the wondrous excursion.

P:  Let us place our lives in God’s abiding love.  Amen.

 

*Opening Hymn #451 – “Be Thou My Vision”                                         

 

*Opening Prayer

Lord of presence and power, be with us on this second step of our Lenten journey to the Cross.  Help us to make a commitment of our lives, our spirits, our hearts to ministry in your name.  Amen.

 

Children’s Sermon – “Getting Behind Jesus”                                  

 

Scriptures

Old Testament – Psalm 22:23-31

All of you who revere the Lord—praise him!  All of you who are Jacob’s descendants—honor him!  All of you who are all Israel’s offspring—stand in awe of him!  24 Because he didn’t despise or detest the suffering of the one who suffered—he didn’t hide his face from me.  No, he listened when I cried out to him for help.  25 I offer praise in the great congregation because of you; I will fulfill my promises in the presence of those who honor God.  26 Let all those who are suffering eat and be full!  Let all who seek the Lord praise him!  I pray your hearts live forever!  27 Every part of the earth will remember and come back to the Lord; every family among all the nations will worship you.  28 Because the right to rule belongs to the Lord, he rules all nations.  29 Indeed, all the earth’s powerful will worship him; all who are descending to the dust will kneel before him; my being also lives for him.  30 Future descendants will serve him; generations to come will be told about my Lord.  31 They will proclaim God’s righteousness to those not yet born, telling them what God has done.

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  P:  Thanks be to God.

 

*Gospel – Mark 8:31-38 (Please stand if you are able)

31 Then Jesus began to teach his disciples:  “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.”  32 He said this plainly.  But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him.  33 Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter:  “Get behind me, Satan.  You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”  34 After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.  35 All who want to save their lives will lose them.  But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them.  36 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives?  37 What will people give in exchange for their lives?  38 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Human One will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  PThanks be to God.

 

*Hymn before Message #2036 – “Give Thanks” (Faith We Sing Hymnal)              

 

Sermon“Lost in the Moment”   Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker

 

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer and Choral Response

 

Prayer of Confession

Guiding Lord, even though we hesitated on our Lenten journey; we vowed to come with you through all the trials and fears toward the Cross.  Today we face the challenge which true commitment brings.  Are we willing to offer our whole selves to you in service?  We would like to think that we can do that, but we are aware of how many times we have turned away from service and instead focused on our own desires.  Remind us again of the commitment you would have us give if we are to become disciples.  Forgive our stubbornness and fears. Lead us forward, gracious Lord, up these steps toward the Cross.  Amen.

 

Words of Assurance

The journey of discipleship is never easy; but you can be assured that you will not be on this journey alone.  Place your trust in Jesus.  Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace of Christ

L:  As forgiven and beloved children, let us share signs of peace with one another.  The peace of Christ be with you. 

P:  The peace of Christ be with you always.

 

Invitation to Tithes and Offering

The Divine Deliverer of compassion and care is calling us to serve, and to share our talents and treasures for the good of God’s realm. No matter how we have fallen short in the past, God’s grace assures us a variety of gifts to contribute. How is God calling us to share today?

 

Choral Selection – “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You” by J. Althouse

 

*Hymn No. 95 – Presentation of the Offering

 

*Prayer of Dedication

God of Boundless Goodness:  We have come to this place this day to worship you with our songs, with our words, with our gifts, and with our whole hearts.  We are reminded that our discipleship decision involves more than what we bring this day to the altar; it calls us to a place where a cross that is ours alone must be picked up and carried.  This, more than anything else, is why we need the community of your church.  Strengthen us, we pray, not just to carry our own cross, but to help sisters and brothers carry their crosses as well.  In the name of the one who bore his cross for us.  Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn #438 – “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord”                 

 

*Dismissal with Blessing

 

Closing Voluntary “Gavotte in G” (from Aylesford Pieces) by G. F. Handel

(Please remain seated for the Closing Voluntary)

Pastor:

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker

Liturgist and Reader:

Coleen Murray

Director of Music:

Kenneth Richardson

Ushers: 

Everett Fitch, Carol Provenzano, Michael Provenzano

Guest Musician:

Jane Leslie

Audio Tech: 

Brandon Gauntlett

Counting Team: 

Debbie Nicosia

 

 

 

Wednesday Lenten Worship Service

February 21, 2024
7:30 PM
 
In person in the sanctuary and via Zoom and Facebook

Zoom Meeting ID: 839 4473 4152
Passcode: 680497
Phone # +1 929 205 6099 (NY)

Opening Voluntary “As the Deer with Fairest Lord Jesus” by M. Nystrom, arr. M. Hayes

 

Choral Introit

 

Welcome/Greetings

 

*Call to Worship

L:  Welcome pilgrims on the way to the cross.

P:  We are learning to follow Jesus.

L:  For those who feel Christ near,

P:  May we not turn away from the discomfort of the journey ahead.

L:  For those who feel as far from Christ as the desert is from the ocean,

P:  May we find Christ in the wilderness with us.

L:  For all of us who stumble and fall in our silence, indifference, and lack of generosity,

P:  May we reach for the hand of Christ, who raises us up to continue on the journey.

L:  Pilgrims on the way, come let us worship God!

P:  We come to worship God as we learn to live inside out!  Amen.

 

*Opening Hymn #368 – “My Hope Is Built”                            

 

*Opening Prayer

Jesus of the temptations, you enter the wilderness of our hunger, our lust for power, our eagerness to test God: be with us on our journey to Jerusalem, we pray amen.

 

Scriptures

Old Testament – Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love!  Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion!  Wash me completely clean of my guilt; purify me from my sin!  Because I know my wrongdoings, my sin is always right in front of me.  I’ve sinned against you—you alone.  I’ve committed evil in your sight.  That’s why you are justified when you render your verdict, completely correct when you issue your judgment.  Yes, I was born in guilt, in sin, from the moment my mother conceived me.  And yes, you want truth in the most hidden places; you teach me wisdom in the most secret space.  Purify me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear joy and celebration again; let the bones you crushed rejoice once more.  Hide your face from my sins; wipe away all my guilty deeds!  10 Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!  11 Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me.  12 Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit.  13 Then I will teach wrongdoers your ways, and sinners will come back to you.  14 Deliver me from violence, God, God of my salvation, so that my tongue can sing of your righteousness.  15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise.  16 You don’t want sacrifices.  If I gave an entirely burned offering, you wouldn’t be pleased.  17 A broken spirit is my sacrifice, God.  You won’t despise a heart, God, that is broken and crushed.  18 Do good things for Zion by your favor.  Rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.  19 Then you will again want sacrifices of righteousness—entirely burned offerings and complete offerings.   Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  PThanks be to God.

 

*Gospel – Matthew 4:1-11

Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him.  After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving.  The tempter came to him and said, “Since you are God’s Son, command these stones to become bread.”  Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.”   After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple.  He said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.”  Jesus replied, “Again it’s written, Don’t test the Lord your God.”  Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.”  10 Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” 11 The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.

L:  The Word of God, For the People of God.  PThanks be to God.

 

*Hymn before Message #354“I Surrender All”                       

 

Homily “When Faith is Tested”    Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker, Pastor

 

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, on this first Sunday in Lent we are reminded of Jesus in the desert.  He was tempted over and over again, and yet stayed steadfast in his goodness.  We are tempted continually as we live our lives.  We struggle with petty jealousies in the work world.  We strive to be good parents and good children, but we are tempted by the world in which we live.  We want material goods and a sense of power that no one needs.  God, be with us in our struggle as you were with your son in the desert.  Help us to be open to your leading and to your word as our example.  Give us strength to stay on the upward path.  And when we do stray, remind us that you will grant us forgiveness if we repent and turn to you.  This we ask in the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Words of Assurance

Just as by one person’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

Let us offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.

 

Invitation to Tithes and Offering

With grateful hearts, let us share a portion of the bounty God has given us.  We do so as an act of faith, and in support of God’s work in the congregation and the world.

 

Choral Selection“More Love to Thee” by T. Shaw

 

*Presentation of Offering – Hymn #95

 

*Prayer of Dedication

Generous God, as we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, we acknowledge the temptation that pursues so many of us:  to measure our worth, our power and our security by what we have.  As we offer these gifts to you this morning, we pray that you might deliver us from the temptation of building our lives around what belongs to us.  Continually lead us to the conviction that what matters is that we belong to you.  We pray in the name of our Savior and Redeemer.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #369“Blessed Assurance”                                  

 

*Benediction

 

Closing Voluntary – “Impromptu In D” by E. Ashford

 

 

Pastor:

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker

Liturgist and Reader:

Katherine Perkins

Director of Music:

Kenneth Richardson

Ushers: 

Everett Fitch, Carol Provenzano, Michael Provenzano

 

Audio Tech: 

Brandon Gauntlett

  

 

REMINDER

Every Second Sunday of the Month – Healing Prayer Service after Church in the Chapel

Every Wednesday – Bible Study 7:30PM/Zoom; Lenten Service during Lent

Every Saturday – Prayer Meeting 8AM/Zoom

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker, Pastor

21 South Franklin Avenue

Valley Stream, NY  11580

 

Church Phone Number:  516/825-1182

Church E-mail:  GraceVSNY@aol.com

Church Website:  GraceVSNY.org