February 21, 2021 – 1st Sunday in Lent

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Mark

Bouts anoiting

Mark 14:1–11

1It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.

3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor. And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.

10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: The Mirror

Hymn

In the Bleak Midwinter (v. 1 & 3)

ELW #294

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn In the Bleak Midwinter on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
3What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him—give my heart.

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the Church

P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Blessing


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Lenten Wednesday Schedule

Consider joining fellow OSLC members for Lenten Prayer and Discussion of the Spiritual Aspects of the Pandemic. Participation will be by teleconference at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning February 24. Call or email the church office for information about how to connect to the teleconference and to get the service materials. Service material will also be posted on the website, and the teleconference line is the same line and password that has been used for some committee and small group meetings in the past year.

Forty Days of Giving

As we begin the season of Lent, you are invited to join the ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving. As the world has reeled from the effects of COVID-19, the number of hungry people around the world has risen, food pantries and soup kitchens have expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and we have longed together for the time when we will hunger no more, and thirst no more … and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes (Revelation 7:16–17). OSLC has printed copies of an ELCA daily devotional calendar and weekly study guide inviting deep discernment and critical thinking, with inspirational stories about how gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in the world. Call or stop by the office for a copy. They can also be downloaded at ELCA.org/40Days.

Lutheran World Relief

The Mission committee will start collecting personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief during Lent. The kits include the following items:

These items can be put in the baskets in the narthex used for food collection. Committee members will sort the items.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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