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11:00 a.m.                                                   February 27, 2005

Assemble in God’s Name

Organ Prelude:


Choral Introit:


Welcome and Concerns of the Church


s  Passing the Peace


s Hymnbook: "Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air”  #6

Lighting the Candles


Call to Worship  (Psalm 141:1-2)

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And with you also.

Leader:  I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me; give ear to my voice when I call to you.

People:   Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.


Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Most holy and merciful Father; we acknowledge and confess before thee; our sinful nature prone to evil and slothful in good; and all our shortcomings and offenses.  Thou alone knowest how often we have sinned; In wandering from thy ways; In wasting thy gifts; In forgetting thy love.  But thou, O Lord, have mercy; upon us; Who are ashamed and sorry; for all wherein we have displeased thee.  Teach us to hate our errors; Cleanse us from our secret faults; And forgive our sins; For the sake of thy dear Son.  And O most holy and loving Father; Help us, we beseech thee; To live in thy light and walk in thy ways; According to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness (Psalm 103:8,10-12)

Leader:  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

People:  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.


s Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544


Proclaim God’s Word

Children's Sermon 

            Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)


s First Reading: Psalm 142:1-7

s Choose a Hymn

Second Reading: Isaiah 58:6-8


Sermon: "Fasting"


Go in God’s Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "In Christ There Is No East or West” #479

s Extinguishing the Candles

s Charge and Blessing



s:  all who are able, please stand.



What is more pleasant than entering into the presence of the Lord?  We welcome all who have come to join in the worship of God. “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1, NRSV).


Margaret Moss has broken her arm.  Pam Smith has had a long continuing struggle with back pain.  Johnnie Ruth has also been ill.   Please remember all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.


Bible Study, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.


A devout little old lady would step out on her porch every day, raise her arms to the sky and say, "Praise the Lord."

An atheist bought the house next door to her.  After a month or so of hearing her shout, "Praise the Lord" from her porch, he went outside on his porch and yelled back, "There is no God."  Yet, the little old lady continued.  One cold, wintry day, when the little old lady could not get to the store, she went out on her porch, raised her hands up to the sky and said, "Help me Lord, I have no more money, it's cold, and I have no more food." The next morning, there were three bags of food on the porch, enough to last her a week. "Praise the Lord," the lady shouted.  The Atheist stepped out from the bushes and said "There is no God.  Ha- ha- ha! I bought those groceries!"

The little old lady raised her arms to the sky and said, "Praise the Lord, you sent me groceries and you made the devil pay for them!"



Psalm 142


1  With my voice I cry to the LORD; with my voice I make supplication to the LORD.

2  I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

3  When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me.

4  Look on my right hand and see-- there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me.

5  I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."

6  Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

7  Bring me out of prison, so that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.



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