Sunday Worship, Feb 21. Lent 1. Online & In-Person
I invite you, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent:
by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
from “Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline”, Book of Worship.
Our sanctuary is open for your participation in corporate worship in a safe environment.
If you plan to attend in person, please make sure you answer our questions found at our website
Both 8 and 10AM services will be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC
and will be available on FM 103.5 channel in the church parking lot, perhaps all the city of Lodi.
Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are.
Order of Worship
February 21, 2021
PRELUDE by Tracy Greer, cello. Rhea Lind, piano
OPENING LITANY OF PRAISE
When the world seems to be no longer a paradise
and we are brought down to size on this small planet of ours, we worship.
When the memories linger of the past,
and dullness and separation become a story of life, we worship.
When the way is more barren than beautiful,
when the path is more a climb than a stroll, we worship.
We worship because we can
We worship because we hope
We worship because we know our vulnerability
When things shift and we need to hang on, we worship
It is the only strength we have for the journey, welcome to Lent.
CHILDREN’S TIME with Rev. Deborah Thompson on video
HYMN OF ADORATION Here I Am to Worship & Who You Say I Am
Verse 1 Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore You, hope of a life spent with You
Chorus So here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that You’re my God.
And You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me
Verse 2 King of all days, oh so highly exalted, glorious in heaven above.
Humbly You came to the earth You created, all for love’s sake became poor. Chorus
Bridge And I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. Chorus
CCLI Song # 3266032. Tim Hughes © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG)
Verse 1 Who am I that the highest King would welcome me.
I was lost but He brought me in. Oh, His love for me. Oh, His love for me
Chorus 1 Who the Son sets free, oh is free indeed. I’m a child of God, yes I am
Verse 2 Free at last, He has ransomed me, His grace runs deep.
While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me, Yes He died for me. Chorus 1
Chorus 2 In my Father’s house, there’s a place for me. I’m a child of God, yes I am.
Bridge I am chosen not forsaken. I am who You say I am.
You are for me not against me. I am who You say I am. Chorus 1 & 2
CCLI Song # 7102401. Ben Fielding | Reuben Morgan © 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG)
TIME OF PRAYER
Sharing Joys and Concerns Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
TIME OF DEDICATION Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Jesus, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve: to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to look for any reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will. Amen. by St. Ignatius of Loyola
Special Music by Tracy Greer, cello
SCRIPTURE READING Exodus 3:13-15
But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.
REFLECTION Lenten Series: I AM (1). Knowing the Great “I Am”
SONG OF FAITH Who Am I
Verse 1 Who am I that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt
Who am I that the Bright and Morning Star would choose to light the way for my ever wand’ring heart
Chorus Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are
I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean, A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling, Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am. I am Yours.
Verse 2 Who am I that the eyes that see my sin would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I that the voice that calmed the sea would call out through the rain and calm the storm in me
CCLI Song # 4196651. Mark Hall © 2003 My Refuge Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
The quiet strength of Christ, the humble power of God, and the pervasive light of the Spirit, is yours today and always.
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