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The Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, Lithuania

Photo taken in 1996 by Pastor Steven

The Second Sunday in Lent


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome to Worship at St. Pauls!!


The community of believers at St. Paul Lutheran Church takes delight in having guests in
its worship. Our congregation strives to present a witness to Christ that is faithful to the Word of
Holy Scripture and to the confessional heritage of the Lutheran tradition.
GUESTS: We encourage you to sign a visitor card located in the pews and our Guest Book
located in the hall outside the worship space.
HOLY COMMUNION IS OFFERED by invitation of the Lord himself. Access to the Lords Table
is by invitation of the Lord himself. All baptized believers who trust that Christ is presented in the
celebration of the Holy Eucharist are invited to come forward and receive Christ in the Blessed
Sacrament. Communion is distributed by coming up the center aisle at the direction of the usher
and returning along the side aisle. Those who do not wish to receive the Sacrament may come
forward with their arms crossed and receive a blessing. Those who, for any reason, cannot receive
the wine may receive the Sacrament under the form of bread alone. In doing so, a communicant
still receives the whole Christ.
TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDRENRelax! God put the wiggle in children; dont feel
you have to suppress it in Gods house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear whats going on in
worship. They tire of seeing the backs of others heads.
Quietly and kindly explain the parts of the Liturgy and actions of the worship leaders. Share the
worship folder with them at eye level.
Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave worship with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. Jesus said
Let the children come to me.
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the
Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of
worship.
Please let your child use this worship folder to draw and doodle.
The presence of children is a gift to the Church. Please welcome children and give a smile of
encouragement to their families.

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HOLY COMMUNION
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

George Herbert, hymnwriter (d.1633)

Sunday, March 1, 2015 + 9:30 a.m.


TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME
The second covenant in this year's Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God's
promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant.
Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham's faith in the God who brings life into being
where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and
Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we
put on Christ

The Liturgy (which means the work of the people) involves participation. The texts marked in plain
text are spoken by the worship leaders while the assembly responds with bold text.

E NTRANCE R ITE
The GATHERING MUSIC
The WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
The BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESSION

The assembly stands.


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of Holy Baptism as the presiding minister
begins.

In the Name of the Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

The presiding minister addresses the assembly.

Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a true heart, and confess our sins
to God our Father, imploring him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to
grant us forgiveness.

The assembly kneels or sits. Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,


who made heaven and earth.

I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.


And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
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Almighty God, merciful Father:


We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our fault, 1
by our own fault,
by our own most grievous fault,
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole
heart, we have not our neighbors as ourselves.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us;
so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen
In the mercy of almighty God,
Jesus Christ was given to die for you,
and for his sake God forgives you all your sins.
To those who believe in Jesus Christ
he gives the power to become the children of God
and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.
Amen
The GATHERING HYMN

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

The assembly may strike the breast once at each phrase by our fault, by our own fault, by our own most grievous fault.
This gesture is rooted in Luke 18:13 as well as our Lutheran Confessions (Augsburg Confession XX:8, 15; XXIV:1, 40
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The GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the
Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
The KYRIE (Lord, have mercy)
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world,
for the well-being of the church of God,
and for the unity of all,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house,
and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
Amen.
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The PRAYER OF THE DAY


Let us praythe prayer concludesone God, now and forever.
Amen.
The assembly is seated.
L ITURGY OF THE W ORD
The FIRST READING

Genesis 17:17, 1516

As with Noah, God makes an everlasting covenant with Abraham and Sarah. God promises this old
couple that they will be the ancestors of nations, though they have no child together. God will
miraculously bring forth new life from Sarah's old womb. The name changes emphasize the firmness
of God's promise.

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. 2And I will make my
covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." 3Then
Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4"As for me, this is my covenant with
you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your
name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the
ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will
make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I 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. 15God
said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah
shall be her name. 16I 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."
The reading concludes:
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The PSALMODY

Psalm 116

After introduction, the choir or cantor will sing the refrain once, then repeated by all. The assembly
sings the refrain after each verse.

I believed, even when I said,


I am greatly afflicted.
Precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones. Refrain
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O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;


you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the Lord. Refrain
My vows to the Lord I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. Refrain
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Romans 4:1325

Paul presents Abraham as the example for how a person comes into a right relationship with God not
through works of the law but through faith. Though Abraham and Sarah were far too old for bearing
children, Abraham trusted that God would accomplish what God had promised to accomplish.
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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. 14If it is the
adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
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For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
16
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, 17as it
is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") in the presence of the
God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the
things that do not exist. 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become
"the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your
descendants be." 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body,
which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when
he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20No distrust made him waver
concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to
God, 21being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
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Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." 23Now the words, "it
was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It
will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the
dead, 25who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our
justification.

The reading concludes:

The Word of the Lord.


Thanks be to God.

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The assembly stands to welcome the Gospel.

The GOSPEL ACCLAMATION


Let your steadfast love come to us, O Lord.
Save us as you promised; we will trust your word.
The HOLY GOSPEL

Mark 8:31-38

After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what
is to come. Peter's response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus
will travel.

The Lord be with you.


And also with you.
The Holy + 2 Gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.
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Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and
after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside
and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked
Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine
things but on human things."
34
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become
my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
35
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for
my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to
gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return
for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous
and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he
comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

The reading concludes:

The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise to you, O Christ.

The assembly is seated.

The SERMON
Silence for reflection.

Using the thumb, the people may make three small signs of the cross, one on the forehead, one on the lips, and one on the breast while
silently using the traditional prayer, May the Good News of Jesus Christ be in my mind, and on my lips, and in my heart. Amen

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The assembly stands to proclaim the Word of God in song.

The HYMN OF THE DAY


1 "Take up your cross," the Savior said,
"if you would my disciple be;
forsake the past, and come this day,
and humbly follow after me."

Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said

Take up your cross; let not its weight


pervade your soul with vain alarm;
his strength shall bear your spirit up,
sustain your heart, and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,


nor let your foolish heart rebel;
for you the Lord endured the cross
to save your soul from death and hell.

Take up your cross and follow Christ,


nor think till death to lay it down;
for those who humbly bear the cross
one day will wear the glorious crown.

The APOSTLES CREED


With the whole people of God, let us confess our faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.*
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
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the forgiveness of sins,


the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
The assembly kneels or sits in prayer during Lent

The PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE


Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people
according to their needs
After each petition

Lord, in your mercy,


hear our prayer.

The prayers conclude


Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in
your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

L ITURGY

OF THE

E UCHARISTIC M EAL

The PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
The worship leaders and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.
The assembly is seated.

The OFFERING
The assembly stands as the gifts are brought forward.

The OFFERTORY

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Create in Me a Clean Heart

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The GREAT THANKGIVING


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Preface for Lent
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus
Christ. You call your people to cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the
paschal feast, that, renewed in the gift of baptism, we may come to the fullness of
your grace. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the
hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,


God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
The EUCHARISTIC PRAYER (I)

You are most holy,


and great is the majesty of your glory

the prayer continues


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For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


the prayer continues, concluding
To you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory in your holy church, now and forever.

Amen, Amen, Amen.

The LORDS PRAYER (1789)


Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
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 and ever. Amen.
The BREAKING OF THE BREAD
This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Happy are we who
are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the Word and I shall be
healed.
The assembly is seated

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
grant us peace.

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The DISTRIBUTION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENT


The MUSIC DURING DISTRIBUTION

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After all have returned to their places, the assembly stands.

The POST-COMMUNION BLESSING


The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his
grace.
Amen.
The POST-COMMUNION PRAYER
Let us pray Almighty God,
you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin
and a model of the godly life.
Enable us to receive him always with thanksgiving,
and to conform our lives to his;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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L ITURGY

OF S ENDING
The BLESSING
Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
Amen.
The SENDING HYMN

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Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

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The DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Proclaim the Good News.
Thanks be to God.
The SENDING MUSIC
Acknowledgements
Unless indicated all hymns and liturgical music from Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2015 by Augsburg Fortress. All rights
reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #42251. Scripture texts from the New Revised
Standard Version Bible, Copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in
the USA . Used by permission.

WORSHIP LEADERS FOR TODAY

Assisting Minister
Lector
Communion Assistants:
Acolyte:
Ushers
Altar Guild

Rosemary McLaughlin
Kathie Roberts
Monica Kinsey & Kris Williams
Mason McLaughlin
Richard Swallen, John Cox, Skip Willis,
Gene Fry, Terry Monter, Logan Monter
Jeanne Hunston, Monica Kinsey, Vickie Ramsier & Lisa Ray

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Assisting Minister
Lector
Communion Assistants:
Acolyte:
Ushers
Altar Guild

Pam Swallen
Rosemary McLaughlin
Rob & Pat Yeagley
Avery Hooser
Richard Swallen, John Cox, Skip Willis,
Gene Fry, Terry Monter, Logan Monter
Jeanne Hunston, Monica Kinsey, Vickie Ramsier & Lisa Ray

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH


515 E. Line Street Minerva, Ohio 44657
Office (330) 868-4918
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Pastor: The Rev. Steven Woyen, STS Office Secretary: Becky Davis
Custodian: Damin Clapper Director of Music: Paula Patterson
Missionaries to the Republic of South Africa: The Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth & Jon Leiseth
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