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February 21, 2021 - Lent 1
Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Sunday, February 21, 2021
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February 21, 2021: Lent 1
Black History Month

Leading us today in worship:
Minister: Rev. Thérèse Samuel
Musician: Dr. Christopher Burton
Lay Leader: Phyllis Fleming
Service written by Rev. Thérèse Samuel

GREETING (traditional African-American )
God is good.
all the time.
All the time,
God is good.

WELCOME ACKNOWLEDGING THE TERRITORY WELCOME TO WORSHIP

CALL TO WORSHIP
Come and hear the good news: You are God’s beloved. With you God is well pleased. Even if you are not perfect! You are God’s beloved.
God has given the rainbow as a sign;
God has promised to be with all of creation, no matter what.
So come. In confidence and hope, come, let us worship God.

OPENING PRAYER
God of creation and covenant, of rainbows and resurrection,
You love all of creation, and you have promised to love us.
Not even the clouds of our carelessness or the floods of our fears can get in the way of your radiant, radical redemption.
Be with us now, as we gather to praise you, source of the love and beauty that is in us, and others.
Send your Spirit that we might be drawn together as one, even as we honour our differences.
Give us wisdom that as the Body of Christ, we may bring healing and peace in the world that you love so much.
Thanks be to you, Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter.
Amen.

HYMN VU 708 My Lord, What a Morning,
African-American Spiritual

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O Holy Spirit, shine your brilliance on these words of ancient scripture and on us now.
May your message for us this day, this month, this season, this year be made known in your minds and grown in our hearts and shown in your lives.
In Jesus name we pray.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE: Our Old Testament Reading 
Genesis 9:8-17
I am reading from the New Revised Standard Version.
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,
9 "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,
10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.
11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."
12 God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."
(Our psalm will come later in the service.)
Our Gospel Reading 
Mark 1:9-15
I am reading from the New Revised Standard Version.
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

SERMON Rev. Thérèse Samuel

HYMN Over my Head
African-American Spiritual Arrangement: C. Burton, P. Fleming, T. Samuel

PROFESSION OF FAITH A New Creed

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Praying with the Psalm
Psalm 25:1-5 New Revised Standard Version
As we draw to mind all for which we are grateful this day, we pray with the psalmist:
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
In the silence we give thanks to God
(silent prayer)
And as we draw to mind the people and places for which we pray, we continue to pray with the psalmist:
2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
In the silence we pray for God’s healing, comfort, peace and justice.
(silent prayer)
And, with the psalmist’s words, we close with prayers for ourselves:
4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Lent 1 Black History Month Feb 21, 2021 Thérèse Samuel 6

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Traditional Words)
And as a child turns to a loving caregiver who watches over them, we turn in prayer to God who is our Parent, our Mother, Our Father…

OFFERING
God has given us all that we have and all that we are.
One way of lifting our souls to God, is to offer resources at our disposal to the sharing of God’s love, the seeking of God’s justice, and bringing peace among God’s peoples.
Whether you are using this service as your congregation’s weekly worship service, or you are taking it in as a separate service, take this moment to honour and dedicate the gifts you offer to your church and beyond.
All of the gifts, of money, time, talents, care and compassion; gifts given in person, or by internet or telephone:
Let us dedicate our gifts as we sing

OFFERING HYMN I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
African-American Spiritual, Arrangement: C. Burton, P. Fleming, T. Samuel

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
May God receive our gifts and use them for the building of a realm of peace and hope that goes beyond anything we could dream or do on our own.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

ANTHEM Lift Every Voice and Sing
by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson

SENDING
Go from this time of worship with the old songs in your ears, and a new song in your hearts.
Go from this time knowing that every song you need is within you and around you.
Go into the world to bring the song that the world longs to sing.
Go, and may the everlasting song go with you, now and always.
Sending by Thérèse Samuel, 2020, written for Grace United Church, Thornbury.

POSTLUDE Maple Leaf Rag ~ Scott Joplin
Public Domain

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LITURGY SOURCES:
All liturgy except where otherwise noted written by Thérèse Samuel, 2021.
Scripture Passages from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.