THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
MARCH 7, 2021 | 10:00 AM
WELCOME TO ONLINE WORSHIP AT FIRST CHURCH!
Welcome to all who gather to worship online today! We hope you feel the warmth of God’s presence and welcome right where you’re at. If this if your first time joining us online, we are honored by your presence and hope to see you again soon! To stay informed, please subscribe to our weekly email.
Today's service was made using video from this week's live In-Person Outdoor Worship gathering at First Church's paved parking lot. We invite you to join us in person next Sunday at 10:00 AM (weather permitting) to worship the Lord together!
First, we’re not just friendly, we’re friends! Our primary belief is that everyone (no exceptions!) is created in the loving image of God, who is love itself.
Second, in everything we do, we strive to live our mission: By the power of Christ, we are blessed to be a blessing!
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP
(the people’s words in bold print)
"As the Deer"
(J. Thompson, R. Scruggs)
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary –
pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.
“Lord, Be Glorified”
In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified.
In my life, Lord, be glorified today.
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 22:29-31)
Before God shall bow all those who go down to the dust;
and I shall live for the Lord!
Future generations will be told about the Lord;
We will tell the stories of God’s faithfulness and deliverance!
HYMN OF PRAISE
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of majesty and glory, we are thirsty for your grace. You made a way for us in the wilderness, and still, in our foolishness, we insist on going our own way. We are lifeless when we ought to dance, and speechless when we ought to sing. Forgive us, Lord. Speak peace to our fearful hearts as we seek to follow in your holy way. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Return to the Lord with joy and gladness! Sing a song of redemption! Let sorrow and sighing be no more! This day and always, believe the Good News of the Gospel: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Amen!
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S WORD
SCRIPTURE READING - OLD TESTAMENT LESSON
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
SCRIPTURE READING - EPISTLE LESSON
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us).
"A New Name in a New Era for a New Mission"
Rev. Lisa Martin, Pastor
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening,
or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges
offered by the present moment,
and to embrace them
with courage, faith, and hope.”
~ Thomas Merton
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
(from the Patmos Abbey, Order of St. Columba, in Australia)
We believe that our lives are held within the encircling love of God, who knows our names and recognizes our deepest needs. We believe that Christ is the divine Child of the living God, and that his grace is like living waters that can never be exhausted. We believe in the birthing, renewing, enabling Spirit of God who yearns over our welfare as a mother yearns for her child. We believe that God is in the arid desert as well as in green pastures, and that hard times and disciplines are also loving gifts. We believe that our journey has a purpose and a destination, and that our path leads to a glory we cannot yet imagine. We believe that in the church we are fellow pilgrims on the road, and that we are called to love one another as God loves us. This is our faith and we are humbled to profess it in Jesus the Christ. Amen
“This Is a Day for New Beginnings”
(B. Wren, C. R. Young)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD'S PRAYER
“O Lord, Hear My Prayer”
(HEAR MY PRAYER)
O Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer. O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
WE DEPART TO SERVE
“Take My Life”
May the love of Christ be active in our hearts, be heard in our words, be seen in our actions, and inform our choices, today and all days. Amen!
“Lord of All Hopefulness”
(COURTNEY, D. Schwoebel)
GOD’S TITHES + OUR OFFERINGS
If you wish to contribute to the work of First Church, you may give online using the button below, or mail your gift to
First Presbyterian Church
810 Georgia Avenue
Lynn Haven, FL 32444.
Our Lenten Prayer Wall stands outside the sanctuary ready for your prayers for others and/or yourself! Purple ribbons (the color of Lent) are provided at the wall; choose one and tie it on the lattice wall. The wall will be up throughout the 40 day Lenten season, and you are welcome to offer as many prayers as you like!