Worship – February 21 – First Sunday in Lent: Pigeons!

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

CALL TO CONFESSION
Again and again, God meets us where we are.
God’s love knows no bounds, which is hard for us to understand and easy for us to forget.

Therefore, in confession we remember together that we are not alone.
And in a unified voice, we once again ask for God’s grace in that holy reminder.

And, so, we pray together…

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
One: God who meets us where we are—
There is nowhere we can go that you are not.


All: You were with Jesus at his baptism.
You were with him in the wilderness,
And even in between, you were there,
Saying aloud, “This is my beloved.”


One: We know that you are with us too—
In the good, the bad, and everything in between—
But so often we act like we are alone.


All: Instead of coming to you with our hurt,
We hold it in or cast it onto others.
Instead of coming to you with our joy,
We credit ourselves and offer you nothing.


One: How can we long for a deeper relationship with you
While living like you are nowhere to be found?


All: Forgive our self-centered ways.
Remind us that in every breath, in every step, you are there.


One: You are the God who meets us where we are.

All: Before and behind, above and below, within and
around. Amen.

WORDS OF FORGIVENESS
One: Family of faith, if you hear nothing else today, hear this:
God is here. God sees you. God knows you. God meets you at the edge of every new beginning,
And God calls you beloved.
All: We are washed by the water.
We are called beloved.
Thanks be to God for a love like that.

Gathering Song – My Hope Is You
Performed by Third Day

Poem – Remember When?
Read by Dave Watson
Written by Sarah Are

SCRIPTURE READINGS

First Reading – Genesis 9:8-17
The reading can be found here.
Read by Peggy Lairmore

Gospel Reading – Mark 1:9-15 
The reading can be found here.
Read by Julia Gassaway

Pastor Adam and Noah’s Message
Our apologies on the lighting in the garage. After five takes, we gave up on stopping the lights from flickering. They don’t like the cold!

Questions for Reflection:
How have you experienced a peaceful Spirit in your life?



How have you experienced a wild Spirit in your life?



When you think about God’s Spirit coming to you, which would you rather prefer (peaceful v. wild)? Why?



What is your opinion of pigeons? Can it be swayed? Will you use #pigeonrights on your social media?



Centering Song – Mighty to Save
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We believe in a God who is everywhere and right here,
Bigger than the sky and in the smallest details,
All at once and in every moment.

We believe that God meets us where we are—
In heartbreak and high hopes,
Around crowded tables and in quiet homes,
In joy and in suffering,
In loneliness and in connection,
In sanctuaries and in living rooms,
In marches and in waiting rooms.

We believe that nothing we do or leave undone
Can distance us from God’s love.
God is forever drawing us close and pulling us in.
Again and again, God meets us where we are
And invites us into wholeness.
Thanks be to God for a love like that.
Amen!

Sending Song – Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing
Performed by Sicilian Mariners

Blessing
Whatever wilderness the Spirit has brought you to:
walk in boldness, as a beloved child of God
walk in peace, under the shelter of the Most High
walk in faith, knowing Christ walks with you.
Amen.

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Confession and Forgiveness, Poem, and Affirmation of Faith – by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
Blessing –
written by Joanna Harader