Sunday, February 25, 2024

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Children’s Choir Anthem                       “Blessed Be the Lord”

                                                                     Based on Psalm 72:18-19

                                                                                 by Timothy Shaw

                                                                Anna Haagenson, director

Call to Worship

Prayer of Adoration                                         

Hymn #37

“Let All Things Now Living”

Let all things now living
A song of thanksgiving
To God our Creator triumphantly raise;
Who fashioned and made us,
Protected and stayed us,
By guiding us on to the end of our days.
God’s banners are o’er us;
Pure light goes before us,
A pillar of fire shining forth in the night:
Till shadows have vanished,
All fearfulness banished,
As forward we travel from light into light.


By law God enforces,
The stars in their courses,
The sun in its orbit obediently shine;
The hills and the mountains,
The rivers and fountains,
The depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We too should be voicing
Our love and rejoicing;
With glad adoration, a song let us raise,
Till all things now living
Unite in thanksgiving:
To God in the highest, hosanna and praise!


Prayer of Confession                                       Mary Sisson

God of grace, we confess that we have elevated the things of this world above You. We have made idols of possessions and people and used Your name for causes that are not consistent with You and Your purposes. We have permitted our desires to come first and have not taken the time to worship You. We have judged others as unclean, immoral, and unworthy of Your hospitality. We have participated in systems that take life instead of give it. We have yearned for, and sometimes taken, that which is not ours. Forgive us, O God, for the many ways we fall short of Your glory. Help us to learn to live together according to Your ways through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Assurance of Forgiveness

Sung Response #581                                    “Glory Be to the Father”

Passing the Peace

Leader: May the peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

The congregation confers peace on one another using the words:

“May the peace of Christ be with you.”


Time with Young Disciples                            Tifny Mathena

“Come to Me”

Come to Me, you who are weary and I will give you rest.

Come to Me, you who are weary and I will give you rest.


Take My yoke and learn from Me,

I am gentle and humble in heart.

Take My yoke and learn from Me,

You will find rest for your souls.


Come to Me, you who are weary and I will give you rest.

Come to Me, you who are weary and I will give you rest.

I will give you rest.

“Come to Me” words & music by Jeffrey Haagenson © 2014 Jeffrey Haagenson


Scripture                                                    Luke 7:36-50

Sermon                                                       Pastor Scott Peterson


“Simon, Do You See This Woman?”


Affirmation of Faith                                 The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.     

Prayers of the People and 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 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.

Life of Columbia

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings

Choir Anthem                                                      “O God, My Joy”

                                                                                   by Molly Ijames

                                                              Jeffrey Haagenson, director


O God, my joy, You reign above in radiant splendor and beauty.

Your Word has drawn my heart to love the awesome sight of Your glory.

Your blazing light and gospel grace shine brightly from my Savior’s face.

No other wonder would I see than Christ enthroned in His glory!


Sustained by joy in trial and pain, I trust Your wisdom and mercy.

Through suff’ring that Your love ordains,

More like Your Son you will make me.

Christ embraced the cross, beholding glorious joys to come.

O give me faith like His to see that suff’ring lifts me, it lifts me to glory!


Compelled by joy, I fight the sin that turns my gaze from Your glory.

Your Holy Spirit dwells within; His presence arms me for vict’ry.

Let death and hell against me rise, through death I’ll gain eternal joys.

All powers of hell will bend the knee before my great King of Glory.



Prayer of Dedication                                                                        

Hymn #65

“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty.
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.


Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.


When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee;

I will ever give to Thee.



(There will be no postlude during Lent. Through this time of silence, the congregation is called to a time of reflection and self-examination as we consider our spiritual journeys, both as individuals and as a church. The postlude will return on Easter Sunday, to mark the resurrection of the Lord.)



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