View the worship service for February 26, 2023

February 26, 2023
Lent 1: Shaped By Testing

Prelude— Take the World, But Give Me Jesus (arr. Labenske); Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners! (arr. Rice); Come, All Christians, Be Committed  (arr. Hayes)—Meghann Rogers, piano               

Christ Candle Lighting

Call to Worship

Leader: Sing together! Celebrate God!

People: God protects us from our trouble.

Leader: God forgives us and covers our sin.

People: God surrounds us with songs of deliverance.

All: Therefore, let all God’s people pray with thanksgiving and worship God.

Welcome and Prayer—Adam Robb

*Hymn—The Glory of These Forty Days—VT 305

Children’s Conversation—Esther Koontz

Anthem—Menno Ringers

Scripture Reading—Genesis 2:7,15-17—Pastor Nathan Koontz; Matthew 4:1-11—Carol Peters

Sermon—Roger Neufeld Smith

*Hymn—Word and Sign— VT 483


*Hymn—Precious Lord, Take My Hand—VT 610

Prayers of God’s People

*Hymn—Christ Be in Your Senses—VT 721—People with February birthdays come forward for a blessing, please bring a hymnal

*Birthday Blessing & Benediction—Roger Neufeld Smith

Leader:  Many are the woes of the wicked,

People:  but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust in God.

Leader:   Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous.

People:  Sing, all you who have been forgiven!

All:  The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust in God.

Postlude— This is My Father’s World (arr. Rice)—Meghann Rogers Meghann Rogers

* You are invited to stand

VT = Voices Together

Audio visual—Francis Toews

Pastors—Nathan Koontz and Roger Neufeld Smith

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