Worship Service Feb 18

First Sunday of Lent

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


Gathering and Prelude

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: Spirit Song 374  all

Welcome, Greeting, Service Overview

Prayer of Illumination

Worship Moment 

Hymn of Praise and Faith: Come Thou Almighty King  61 all

Responsive Reading: Psalm 25:1-10  756

Apostles Creed: 881  

Gloria Patri: 71

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95 

Life of the Church

Centering Song:  Above All 

Prayers of the People

Scripture: Mark 1:9-15

Sermon: Getting Ready

Closing Hymn: Shall We Gather at the River  723 all

Commissioning and Benediction

Prayers of the People

Leader: Holy God, lead us on the journey forward in Lent. 

People: Creating God, from the beginning you called your servants on a journey to live and trust. 

Leader: You called your servants on a journey to love and lead. 

People: You called your servants on a journey to rebuild and be faithful. 

Leader: Your Son called his disciples to follow him on a journey to the cross; a road to save, a road to heal, a road to love. 

People: You call us to walk with him on that same road. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward. Your Holy Spirit called the church to proclaim your word of life. Women and men, young and old, all were called and commissioned. 

Leader: We who are Alexander Chapel are part of that same journey. We pray for courage and discipline. 

People: Holy God, lead us on the journey forward. 

Leader: Gracious God, we thank you for the lenten journey. May it be a time of self-examination and drawing closer to the love of Christ. 

People: We, your people, thank you for your presence with us in the waters of baptism. Holy God, lead us on the journey forward. 

Leader: Healing God, we thank you for strength in times of temptation, loneliness, and difficulty. We thank you for your guidance. We, your people, are no strangers to changing paths and we pray for your presence in all situations. 

People: God of all grace, we thank you for the invitation to be part of your kingdom. 

Leader: Lord, hear our prayers for 

● All who have requested the prayers of the church ● For the sick, grieving, lonely and in need 

● Our national and world leaders to seek and follow your ways 

● For your church worldwide to be faithful 

● Keep your holy hand on all who are persecuted for their faith and grant them strength to stand strong 

● Guide and Protect Alexander Chapel. Keep us in your care. Continue to be our protection and guide. 

People: Be with our pastors. Give them your wisdom and strength as they lead the church. Be with Pastor Ray as he brings the sermon today. Let his words be your message or transformation that speaks into our hearts today. 

Leader: And now with the faith of your children, we pray following the example Christ gave his disciples as he prayed.

All: The Lord’s Prayer: 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 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.

Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate our gifts on Communion Sundays.

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Prayer shawls are also available. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

Lent / Easter Information:

Devotionals for your spiritual journey are available

Maundy Thursday at Christ UMC, March 28 7pm

Good Friday Tenebrae Service, March 29 7pm

Easter Service, March 31 11am

The next Fellowship 4 U will be on February 25. Join us downstairs for a light lunch, snacks, and fellowship time.

Ladies Loving the Lord: The next meeting is 1130 Thursday, February 29th, at the Fireplace Restaurant.  The quarterly social will be April 20th at Christ UMC for the Mad Hatters Brunch.

The Spring Ladies Bible Study will be after Easter on April 8, 15, and 29. More details to come.