UNITED CHURCH of LUDLOW
are shared ELECTRONICALLY
or call 802-228-4211
for more information.
If you are comfortable attending in person, please join us.
The doors open at 9:45 am, and worship begins at 10:00 am.
We follow procedures to minimize the risk of exposure.
Please read and follow those procedures for the safety of all.
If you are not able to attend in person, a simultaneous Zoom stream is available.
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We wish to thank Christine Boardman for leading our worship service,
this morning and throughout Lent and Easter Sunday.
If any member of the congregation may be of service to you, please contact
the church office at 802-228-4211 or email@example.com.
Regarding Individuals in the Hospital or Sick at Home
It would be greatly appreciated if you know of individuals or family members
in the hospital or sick at home, to kindly inform the church office at 802-228-4211
Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending February 21, 2021,
were $1550. The costs for each week are $1,320 (derived by dividing the
annual budget by 52 weeks).
Please continue to mail your offerings to our Receiver of Offerings, Anne Oakes,
at 145 Merrill Road, Ludlow, Vermont 05149.
Linda Alexander and Carol Wu provide our Altar Guild services.
Please keep Bob Kottkamp in your prayers as he recovers at home from surgery.
We continue to keep the following in our prayers:
James Almond, Terry DeYoung, Arthur Marin,
Kathy Doyle, Judy Edwards, Jean Eggleston,
Carolyn Gauthier, Sheila Kafer, Susan Kneebone,
Ginny Kottkamp, Anne Oakes, Evelyn Tucker,
Herb Van Guilder, and Evelyn Verro.
Marge Macintyre celebrates a birthday on February 28th
Susan Kneebone celebrates a birthday on March 5th
Jean Eggleston celebrates a birthday on March 11th
In honor of Susan Kneebone’s birthday, we want to ensure she has lots and
lots of Birthday Cards to mark the day. There's still time to get a card and put
it in the mail - all you need is her mailing address, which is:
Attention Susan Kneebone
Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community
49 Cedar Hill Drive
Windsor, VT 05089
The rest is up to you.
Service of Worship
Second Sunday of Lent
(All are encouraged to use the prelude as a quiet time of meditation in
preparation for the worship service which follows.)
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND GREETING
The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of
the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13: 13)
And also with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP* (Please stand)
“Walk before me, and be blameless,” said God to Abram, “And I shall
make my covenant between me and you.” Quite openly, we’ve measured
Quite openly, we’ve stayed away.
Quite openly, we’ve distanced ourselves.
Quite openly, we didn’t want to be closer.
Quite openly, we are not blameless.
Quite openly, we are here. We are here to open ourselves to our
HYMN 560* Help Us Accept Each Other
We gather to worship, O God, under the shadow of the cross, sign of
human shame and divine wisdom. Like Jesus, we would follow faithfully
in your covenant way; like Jesus we would live to you and die to you.
We are your people; we belong to you. We offer you our worship and our lives.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We are quite open about our successes.
We feel free to boast when we have done well,
but we are not quite so open when things have gone wrong.
We do not praise God anyway. Instead, we recognize the distance
between me and you, between you and God, between God and me.
Let’s be quite open about it as we open ourselves
to our Living God in silence.
This is the time for our prayerful silence.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
READING OF SCRIPTURE
OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
PSALM 22:25–31 pp. 752-753 Response 2
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. Amen. Amen.
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 8:31-38
SERMON “Covenant: From Generation to Generation”
HYMN 266* Heal Us, Emmanuel, Hear Our Prayer
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (trespasses…)
PRAYER RESPONSE Hymnal, No. 473
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness;
Make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only,
That makest me dwell in safety
At the Presentation, Hymn 95* Old 100th
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION*
Bless these gifts with your love
So that we might share them quite openly
With all who need your change. Amen.
HYMN 133* Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God
* All who are able may stand.
for the February 28 Service
HYMN 560 Help Us Accept Each Other
Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.
Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may become.
Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved
in living situations to do the truth in love;
to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart
Lord, for today's encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;
renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!
HYMN 266 Heal Us, Emmanuel, Hear Our Prayer
Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayer; we wait to feel thy touch;
deep-wounded souls to thee repair, and Savior, we are such.
Our faith is feeble, we confess we faintly trust thy word;
but wilt thou pity us the less? Be that far from thee, Lord!
Remember him who once applied with trembling for relief;
"Lord, I believe," with tears he cried; "O help my unbelief!"
She, too, who touched thee in the press and healing virtue stole,
was answered, "Daughter, go in peace: thy faith hath made thee whole."
Like her, with hopes and fears we come to touch thee if we may;
O send us not despairing home; send none unhealed away.
HYMN 133 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
PSALM 22:25–31 pp. 752-753 Response 2
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who worship the Lord.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before the Lord.
28 For dominion belongs to the Lord who rules over the nations.
29 All who sleep in the earth shall bow down to the Lord.
All who go down to the dust shall bow before the Lord, and I shall live for God.
30 Posterity shall serve the Lord;
each generation shall tell of the Lord,
31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn.