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Dont Do Anything: Just Stand There And Look

(3/12/2017)

Today in Worship - Second Sunday in Lent

Preacher & Worship Leader:  Dr. Stuart Brassie
Children's Message:  Lauren Bates, D.C.E.
Elder: Dorwood Borgschulte


Welcoming One Another

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Opening Song
"He Is Exalted"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs of Praise
"10,000 Reasons"
"Blessed Be Your Name"

First Reading
John 3:1-17
1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2  He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3  In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. "
4  "How can a man be born when he is old? Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5  Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7  You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9  "How can this be? Nicodemus asked.
10  "You are Israel's teacher, said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
11  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
13  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
14  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Numbers 21:4-9
4  They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;
5  they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"
6  Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.
7  The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
8  The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live."
9  So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.

Sermon

Offering
"Ancient Words"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation To The First Article Of The Apostles' Creed
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that he has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.  He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, spouse and children, land, animals, and all I have.  He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.  He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.  All this he does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.  For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey him.  This is most certainly true.

Prayers Of The Day

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 and ever.  Amen.

Blessing

Sending Song
"My Life Is In You"