March 10, 2019

First Sunday in Lent

Prelude:Air from Water Music                             G.F. Handel

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn:#267 Come, Christians, Join to Sing


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #741Guide My Feet

 Call to Worship

One:    Gather to remember and share stories of faith;

            rejoice in the goodness of the loving God.

All:      Before our stories began there was God;

            through all our days, God walks with us.

One:    Worship the one who gives and sustains life;

            sing praises to the one who is our refuge.

All:      There is no place we can go where God is not; amid life’s terrors, God’s promises hold true.

One:    Delight in God, whose protection we enjoy; dance with the God, who frees us for new possibilities.

All:      We call out to God, expecting to be heard; we listen, knowing there is truth to be received.

One:    Come, let us Worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

God of history, whose Word is alive in us, write your truth into our lives this day. Work your signs and wonders in our midst. Show us your salvation. Be present in our troubles and in our triumphs. Lead us away from bondage to things that do not matter. Show us the better land you intend for us, where barriers no longer divide and true community is born. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Sovereign God, we confess our desire to reshape your world to our own advantage. We are more concerned with what we eat than with who will get to eat today. Our own security is more important to us than the health and safety of all your children. The first fruits of our labor grace the altars of our own desires instead of honoring you. We prefer that you keep your distance from us unless we need you. We like promises without commands, gifts without responsibilities. O God, we confess that our ways don’t work. Turn usaround for true worship and service, as forgiven and forgiving people. Amen.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: #581 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.

Responsive Reading – Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

(Page 674 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

(Page 226 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

(Children will leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)

*Hymn: #749Come! Live in the Light!

 Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross                Fanny Crosby

*Doxology:#607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more;

praise Triune Godwhom we adore. Amen.

 Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1-13

         (Page 74  in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: Unsung Heroes                              Robert Kuhn

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response: #741Search My Heart

*Hymn:#761  Called as Partners in Christ’s Service


Response: #741Guide My Feet

Postlude: Allegro Maestoso from Water Music                                    G.F. Handel

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome.

Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

Many thanks to:

Robert Kuhn for providing us with the Sermon

Linda Estabrook for serving as our lay reader

Pat Palmer & Becky Belcher Feen for serving as an usher

Prayer List

Jean Gallup, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber,Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline. The family & friends of Laura Hawks

 The Deacons on call this week will be

Linda & John Estabrook

(860) 824-5896


Monday:          1 pm Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday:          5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:     5 pm Deacons’ Meeting

                                  7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:             7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday:            11:30 am Church Council Meeting

                               5 pm Torrington Dinner


In this time of transition in the life of Salisbury Congregational Church, we invite you to get involved! Please share with the Nominating Committee your talents, interests, and availability. Please take a moment to respond to a short survey so that we can get in touch with you. You may also fill out the paper form that is available at the church office or at the service on Sunday. If you are willing to serve on a Board or Committee, great! If you are willing to provide food, work with children, contribute flowers, provide a ride to a neighbor in need, thank you! If you are not sure what you can provide, but would like to help, a member of the Nominating Committee would be happy to chat with you about the needs of the church to find the right fit for you. Thank you for your stewardship of our congregation!
















































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