New Utrecht Reformed Church
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Lent 1CThe flowers gracing the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Helen Nicotra, my mother, by Bill Nicotra.
We invite you to maintain a spirit of silence as the prelude begins our service.
OUR APPROACH TO GOD
Introit "This is the Day"
Call to Worship: Psalm 107
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way; hungry and thirsty their souls fainted within them.
THEN THEY CRIED TO THE LORD AND GOD DELIVERED THEM;
God led them by a straight way:
LET US THEN THANK THE LORD FOR GOD'S STEADFAST LOVE,
For God's wonderful works to humankind:
FOR GOD SATISFIES THE THIRSTY & THE HUNGRY GOD FILLS WITH GOOD THINGS.
*Hymn insert "Forty Days and Forty Nights"
Let us be before our God in silence.Opening Prayer: Psalm 63
GOD, MY GOD, YOU I CRAVE; MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU, MY BODY ACHES FOR YOU LIKE A DRY AND WEARY LAND. LET ME GAZE ON YOU IN YOUR TEMPLE: A VISION OF STRENGTH AND GLORY. YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE, MY SPEECH IS FULL OF PRAISE. I GIVE YOU A LIFETIME OF WORSHIP, MY HANDS RAISED IN YOUR NAME. I FEAST AT A RICH TABLE, MY LIPS SING OF YOUR GLORY. ON MY BED I LIE AWAKE, YOUR MEMORY FILLS THE NIGHT. YES, I CLING TO YOU, YOUR RIGHT HAND HOLDS ME FAST.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.
A Word of Assurance: Hosea 11:3-4
The Summary of God's Law (Mk 12:29b-31)
This is the first commandment:
HEAR O ISRAEL,
THE LORD OUR GOD,
THE LORD IS ONE!
THEREFORE YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
WITH ALL YOUR HEART,
WITH ALL YOUR SOUL,
WITH ALL YOUR MIND,
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.
This is the second commandment:
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
There is no greater commandment than these.
Anthem "I Need Thee Every Hour"
THE WORD OF GOD
*Responsive Reading: Psalm 91
*Gloria Patri (Hymn No. 623)
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
AND TO THE SON
AND TO THE HOLY GHOST.
AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING,
IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE,
WORLD WITHOUT END,
The Greeting of Peace
Jewish Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Epistle: Romans 10:8-13
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
RESPONSE TO GOD
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW;
PRAISE GOD ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW;
PRAISE GOD ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS;
PRAISE FATHER (CREATOR), SON (CHRIST) AND HOLY GHOST.
Time of Giving Thanks and Praise