Lord’s Day 9 + 1 March 2015
Second Sunday in Lent
CALL TO WORSHIP | God Gathers His People
– Come Ye Sinners
Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Sirvan al Señor con temor;
con temblor ríndanle alabanza.
Bésenle los pies, no sea que se enoje
y sean ustedes destruidos en el camino,
pues su ira se inflama de repente.
¡Dichosos los que en él buscan refugio!
– O God of Our Salvation
CONFESSION OF SINS | God Forgives His People
Minister: Let us humbly confess our sins to God.
Ministro: Confesemos humildemente nuestros pecados a Dios.
Minister: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Ministro: «Dios se opone a los orgullosos, pero da gracia a los humildes.» Así que sométanse a Dios. Resistan al diablo, y él huirá de ustedes.Acérquense a Dios, y él se acercará a ustedes. ¡Pecadores, límpiense las manos! ¡Ustedes los inconstantes, purifiquen su corazón! Reconozcan sus miserias, lloren y laméntense. Que su risa se convierta en llanto, y su alegría en tristeza. Humíllense delante del Señor, y él los exaltará.
Minister: Stand and lift up your heart, trusting that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sins.
Ministro: Puestos de pie, levante tu corazón, confiando que la sangre de Jesucristo nos limpia de todo pecado.
– On Christ the Solid Rock
– You Alone Can Rescue *
* Little children 3 and under may go to Bible Class. / Sermon en Español en Salon C.
CONSECRATION | God Equips His People
Scripture Reading and Prayer – John 12:20-33
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
Collect. Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Joseph: Stories of God’s Providence for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Sermon: Genesis 41:46-57
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured. Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.” So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.
Pastoral Prayer –
– Jesus Messiah **
** Little children come back during this song. / Toda la congregación vuelve a reunirse durante este canto.
CONFESSION | God Receives His People
I believe in God the Father,
Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into death.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall 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 life everlasting.
– Christ, Or Else I Die
COMMUNION | God Nourishes His People
Scripture Reading and Prayer — Luke / Lucas 11:2-13
Congregation: Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation. Amen
Congregación: Padre, santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga tu reino.
Danos cada día nuestro pan cotidiano.
Perdónanos nuestros pecados,
porque también nosotros perdonamos a todos los que nos ofenden.
Y no nos metas en tentación. Amen
Minister: And Jesus said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Ministro: Y Jesús continuó »Supongamos que uno de ustedes tiene un amigo, y a medianoche va y le dice: “Amigo, préstame tres panes, pues se me ha presentado un amigo recién llegado de viaje, y no tengo nada que ofrecerle.” Y el que está adentro le contesta: “No me molestes. Ya está cerrada la puerta, y mis hijos y yo estamos acostados. No puedo levantarme a darte nada.” Les digo que, aunque no se levante a darle pan por ser amigo suyo, sí se levantará por su impertinencia y le dará cuanto necesite. » Así que yo les digo: Pidan, y se les dará; busquen, y encontrarán; llamen, y se les abrirá la puerta. Porque todo el que pide, recibe; el que busca, encuentra; y al que llama, se le abre. ¿Quién de ustedes que sea padre, si su hijo le pide un pescado, le dará en cambio una serpiente? ¿O si le pide un huevo, le dará un escorpión? Pues si ustedes, aun siendo malos, saben dar cosas buenas a sus hijos, ¡cuánto más el Padre celestial dará el Espíritu Santo a quienes se lo pidan!»
[ Interlude ]
Offerings and Thanksgiving / Ofrendas e Acción de Gracias —
Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:7, 10
Vuélvanse a mí, y yo me volveré a ustedes —dice el SeñorTodopoderoso—. Pero ustedes replican: “¿En qué sentido tenemos que volvernos?” Traigan íntegro el diezmo para los fondos del templo, y así habrá alimento en mi casa. Pruébenme en esto —dice el SeñorTodopoderoso—, y vean si no abro las compuertas del cielo y derramo sobre ustedes bendición hasta que sobreabunde. Malaquías 3:7, 10
– O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
COMMISSION | God Sends His People
Pray for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Col 4:3, 5-6
Oren también por nosotros, para que el Señor nos abra las puertas y prediquemos la palabra, para que demos a conocer el misterio de Cristo. Compórtense sabiamente con los no creyentes, y aprovechen bien el tiempo. Procuren que su conversación siempre sea agradable y de buen gusto, para que den a cada uno la respuesta debida.
Benediction: May grace be with you.
Bendición: Que la gracia sea con ustedes. Amén.