Lent 1:
Deep in the sea – called to deep relationship


Note: All hymns are from the new Voices Together hymnal

Centering chimes

Lighting of the solidarity lamp
-Symbolic of our Sister Church relationship with El Divino Redentor

PreludeIntermezzo op. 118 #2 (excerpt) by Brahms

Call to Worship

One:    God, we are here at the water’s edge, casting off from shore

Many: into unknown waters.

One:    With fear and trembling, we drop our oars,

Many: letting them go, trusting the sea.

One:    God, we trust the signs of your covenant:

the ark through the water,

the waters of baptism,

Many: the bow in the clouds and the dove from the heavens.

All:      We call to you as you called us deeper into steadfast love.

Hymn #166 – Your love is washing over me

Welcome & prayer

Passing the peace (break-out zoom groups)

Hymn #303 – O love, how deep, how broad

Scripture Video: Genesis 9:8-17

Children’s story
– Song “Let the children come to me”
– The Children’s offering through February 28 benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as it celebrates its centennial year in 2020. All households are invited to set out a basket and gather an offering weekly. Donations may be sent to the FMC office at any time or can be made online (select children’s offering in “To” box)

Scripture: Mark 1:9-15


Hymn #456 – Oceans

Prayer of Confession and Assurance

Many: Deep calls to deep.

We call to you from the depths of our hearts.

One:    We confess when we have stayed too close to the surface,

                        avoiding you,

                        avoiding our neighbors.

We confess when we have felt in over our heads.

                        Needing you,

                        needing our neighbors.

            (Silence. Or name the forces that keep us from deep relationship.)

Deep calls to deep.

You call to us from the depth of your love.

Many: Calling us to deep relationship.

We come to you, God.

Congregational Sharing & prayer

Meditation music – Resting in the arms of God by Mark Hayes
In the absence of a weekly offering collection, reflect on how you are practicing and receiving generosity. Consider giving to First Mennonite Church by mailing a check, giving through your bank, or giving online.

Work of the church

Benediction Hymn #640 – My shepherd will supply my need

Worship Leader – Pastor Deb
Prelude & Meditation Music – Jan Kellogg
Hymns – Andrea Welty Peachey
Scripture Video – Shawn Rodriguez
Scripture Reader – Peter Dyck

Sermon & Sharing – Pastor Michael
Technician – Phil Martens