Worship service February 28, 2021

Prayer for Peace & Lighting of Peace Candle   

You are invited this morning to think of a situation in the world or in your own life where Christ’s peace is needed. Hold that situation in silent prayer before God.

-moment of silence-

Call to Worship        

God calls us away from the tumult of the world, that we may focus our thoughts on things that are lasting.

In God’s presence we see our lives more clearly; the broken pieces are put back together.

God calls us out of loneliness into a life of community.

Worshiping together, caring about one another, we find out what it means to be truly human.

But God will send us back into the world’s confusion and busyness, its brokenness and isolation.

We will go with serenity and joy strengthened to be God’s servants, the bearers of peace.

  • Paul J. Flucke, Bread for the Journey

Opening Hymn  Be Thou My Vision           HWB 545/VT 549

Sharing and Prayer (on sermon)    and Blessing of the Offering

Children’s Story        “I Am A Good Listener: Teaching children the importance of listening”

Scripture        James 1:19b, 26; 3:2;  Proverbs 10:19

James 1:19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen.

1:26 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.

3:2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    but the prudent are restrained in speech.

Sermon   “Laying Aside the Need to be Heard” – Pastor Rose Marie

Hymn of Response  If that Isn’t Love, Then What Is?

Words and music by Rose Marie Zook Barber

Refrain: For the greatest commandment, we are told,  came down to us from days of old.

But now, from Jesus’ point of view, it has not one part, but has two:

 

It is loving the Lord God with all of our being, adjusting our focus to God’s way of seeing.

It’s clothing the naked; it’s drink for the thirsty. It’s working for justice so no one goes hungry –

if that isn’t love, then what it?

 

It is patient, it’s kind, it’s not rude or demeaning regardless of whether or not we’re agreeing.

It’s honoring God’s presence in all of creation and greeting our differences with celebration –

if that isn’t love, then what it is?

 

Refrain: For the greatest commandment, we are told, came down to us from days of old.

But now, from Jesus’ point of view, it has not one part, but has two:

 

It is loving our sister, it’s loving our brother. It’s listening respectfully to one another.

It’s worshiping, praising, adoring, receiving. It’s loving the Lord God with all of our being –

if that isn’t love, then what is? If that isn’t love, then what is?

Benediction  

God of love, you have called us into the church. Thank you for opportunities to grow in understanding and concern for one another. May our congregation be an incarnation of your love within and beyond these church doors, wherever there is loneliness, injustice, or misunderstanding; through Christ our Head, and the Holy Spirit our Strength. Amen.                                                                                  – Ruth C. Duck, Bread for the Journey