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February 28, 2021
10:30 AM

Before the service begins, make sure you have a candle and lighter. Please mute your microphone.

Prelude: Creation

Le Cygne (“The Swan”) from The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Susan Goetcheus, violin

Welcome and Announcements

Rev. Cynthia Good

Candle Lighting: We invite you to light a candle with us.

Poem

Chime

Gathering Words

Ese Ukponmwan, Worship Leader

Come, continue on the journey
We walk together, the journey is long

Come, find where Jesus leads us
We walk together, the journey is long

Come, listen for God’s call to let go
We walk together, the journey is long

Come, let us walk together to the places God will lead us
We walk together, the journey is long, and it is good.

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, walk with us on this journey of faith. Change our words into actions, our good intentions into commitment, our trackless wanderings into a pilgrimage. Show us how to respect the fragile balance of life. Help us to live in deeper connection with you and all of creation. In the name of the one who walks beside us as guide and friend, Jesus. Amen.

Song: Come Walk with Us

Come walk with us
The journey is long.

Passing the Peace

We invite you to unmute your microphone so you can greet one another. After the chime sounds, we will wait five seconds and then mute everyone’s microphone.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: Be Still My Soul

words by Katharina von Schlegel; translated by Jane Borthwick
music by Jean Sibelius

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future, as in ages past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Scripture: Psalm 16 from Psalms Anew

Protect me, God, because I come to you for safety
I say, “you are my God;
All the good things come from you.”
How wonderful are your faithful people!
My greatest pleasure is to be with them.
Those who rush to other gods
Bring many troubles on themselves.
I will not take part in their sacrifices;
I will not worship their gods.
You, Yahweh, are all I have,
And you give me all I need: my life is in your hands.
How wonderful are your gifts to me;
How good they are!
I praise God, who guides me,
And in the night my conscience teaches me.
I am always aware of your presence;
You are near, and nothing can shake me.
And so I am full of happiness and joy,
And I always feel secure.
Because you will not allow me
To go to the world of the dead;
You will not abandon to the depths below
The one you love.
You will show me the path that leads to life;
Your presence fills me with joy,
And your help brings pleasure forever

The Word of God to us.

Children’s Time with Catherine Willwerth

Scripture: Mark 8:31-38

Then Jesus began to teach them that the Promised One had to suffer much, be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and religious scholars, be put to death, and rise again three days later. Jesus said these things quite openly.

Peter took him aside and began to take issue with him. At this, Jesus turned around and, eyeing the disciples, reprimanded Peter: “Get out of my sight, you Satan! You are judging by human standards rather than by God’s!”

Jesus summoned the crowd and the disciples and said, “If you wish to come after me, you must deny your very self, take up your cross and follow in my footsteps. If you would save your life, you’ll lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you’ll save it. What would you gain if you were to win the whole world but lose yourself in the process? What can you offer in exchange for your soul? Whoever in this faithless and corrupt generation is ashamed of me and my words will find, in turn, that the Promised One and the holy angels will be ashamed of that person, when all stand before our God in glory.”

The Word of God for us.

Music

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
arr. by Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)
Marjorie Dix, mezzo-soprano
Jean Stackhouse, piano

Thoughts: Rev. Good

Hymn: The Love of Jesus Calls Us

words by Herbert O’Driscoll
music Memmingen, harm. by George Ratcliffe Woodward

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Litany – United Nations Environmental Programme

We have forgotten who we are. We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding cosmos. We have become estranged from the movements of the Earth. We have turned our backs on the cycles of life. We have sought our own security. We have exploited for our own ends. We have abused our power.
We have forgotten who we are.

Now the land is barren, and the waters are poisoned, and the air is polluted.
We have forgotten who we are.

Now the forests are dying, and the creatures are disappearing, and humans are despairing.
We have forgotten who we are.

We ask forgiveness. We ask for the gift of remembering. We ask for the strength to change.
We have forgotten who we are.

To bring new life to the land, to restore the waters, to refresh the air.
We have forgotten who we are.

To renew forests, to care for the plants, to protect the creatures.
We have forgotten who we are.

To celebrate the seas, to rejoice in the sunlight, to sing the song of the stars.
We have forgotten who we are.

To recreate human community, to promote justice and peace, to remember our children.
We have forgotten who we are.

We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery.
For the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The shepherds will each read prayers from their flocks.

Abracadabra: Jane and Kent
Candle: Sara and Johan
Flo’s Flock: Flo and Luke
Lemonade: Gloria
Ponderers: Becky and Paul
Schmidts’ Creek: Susan and Steve
Whyzeflock: Jamie and Clara

Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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.

Offering: What is it you will offer to God and neighbor this week? Type on the screen.

Offertory

Chorale (hymn tune Hamburg)
Lowell Mason (1792–1872)
Charlie Joseffer-Paul, trumpet; Greg Paul, clarinet

Doxology: Praise God for the World

words by Anne H. Griffis

Praise God for the world,
In peace may it be.
Praise God for each life,
May all thrive and be free.
Praise God for each day filled with justice and care.
Praise God for each breath and the joy that we share.

Benediction

Virtual Fellowship Time

We will invite everyone into breakout rooms where you can unmute yourself and chat with your Calvary friends.