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February 28 2021 Virtual Worship
Shepherd of the Sierra
Presbyterian Church

2nd Sunday in Lent
February 28, 2021

Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at children@shepherdpres.org.)

We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper this morning.  If you wish to join us, please gather bread and juice before you begin this service.

Gathering

Instrumental Prelude:  Be Still and Know   click here

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Call to Worship: Christ died for our trespasses but was raised for our justification. Thanks be to God.


Hymn:  Come As You Are   click here

Call to Confession:  Trusting in God's promise of salvation, let us confess our sin and repent.


Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, we confess that we have not been sincere Christians. We claim to follow Jesus but have not taken his path of sacrificial love. We profess to be disciples, but we are not willing to bear the cost of discipleship. We affirm the virtue of self-denial, but we indulge our selfish desires and seek earthly gain. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for sincere repentance through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (Please take a moment for silent confession.)

Assurance of Forgiveness: Hear the good news: God deems as righteous all who trust that Jesus has been raised from the dead for our salvation. Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Sung Response:  Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying   click here

Passing of the Peace: Click below for photo greetings from some of our Shepherd friends. Additionally, if you wish to stay connected with others from Shepherd, find us on Facebook here. Or, search for “Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church. “Like” or “Follow” us, or say hello on today’s worship post.

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We Hear God’s Word

Time with Young Disciples: After watching the message from Ms. Cathy, talk about the things in your life that are old, and the things that are new. Then talk about some of the usual "old" ways you engage with your faith. Do you often pray? Do you read the Bible? Do you serve others? Many of these "old" ways of experiencing our faith are wonderful. Are there any of these that might be new for you? Are there things you can do to live out your faith that you have never tried?

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Click here to access the children's materials for your family, including some coloring bulletins and a video. Because these materials are copyrighted, you will need to enter the user ID and password included in the congregation email. After watching the video, talk about the story that Jesus told. What do you think he wants you to do or remember?

Scripture and Sermon:   “Issues of Old and New”

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Scripture Prayer:  Holy Spirit, open our hearts to receive your Word, reveal to us the good news, and enable us to trust in the promise of salvation in Jesus Christ. Amen.


Mark 2:18-22   18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"  19 Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.  20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.  21 "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.  22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."

Hymn:  Spirit of the Living God   click here
 
We Respond to God’s Word

Offering & Prayer of Dedication:  We invite you to continue to give by mailing a check to the church office, using your online bill pay service, or click here to donate online now.

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Sung Response:  Doxology   click here

Focus on Matthew 25


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The Eucharist
 
At Shepherd of the Sierra, the Gifts of God really are free, as Jesus gives us his life even when we do not know him. The table is completely open, and all are invited to take the bread and the cup regardless of age, race, creed or any other arbitrary human division. As Jesus freely welcomed sinners and gave communion to the ones who betrayed him, denied him, and deserted him, and because the scriptures say, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God,” this table is especially open to those who are aware of their own brokenness. Like Jesus, we exclude no one.

Prayers of the People and Communion
   
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If you are feeling vulnerable, have a specific need for assistance, or are experiencing financial distress, please reach out to your deacon or Pastor Dave at 916-652-4851.  For prayer requests, email pastor@shepherdpres.org.

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Invitation
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
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 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.

Breaking of Bread
Communion of the People
Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Sending

Hymn:  Awakening  click here

Sending:  Disciples of Jesus, do not shun the way of the cross, but follow wherever our Lord may lead. May the blessing of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, uphold you on the way. 

Sending Hymn:  God Be with You till We Meet Again   click here
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