This Week in Worship

February 18, 2018 First Sunday in Lent

On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

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

  • Genesis 9:8-17 The rainbow, sign of God’s covenant
  • Psalm 25:1-10 Your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness. (Ps. 25:10)
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22 Saved through water
  • Mark 1:9-15 The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And
just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit
descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased.”
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty
days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and
saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the
good news.”

  • Presiding Minister: Pastor Steven Wilco
  • Assisting Minister: Evie Simkins
  • Organist: Matthew Cron
  • Choir Director: Maki Matsui
  • Readers: Karen Bucala, Austin Clark
  • Communion Assistants: Karen Bucala, Austin Clark
  • Greeters: Carol-Ann Walker
  • Ushers: Julie Brigham-Grette, Lois Smith
  • Altar Guild: Yvonne Nicholson
  • Coffee Hour Host: Dennis and Carol-Ann Walker 


  • Hymns and Music for Worship
  • Gathering Hymn: ELW #319 “O Lord,throughout These Forty Days “
  • Hymn of the Day: ELW #517 “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word”
  • Communion Hymns: ELW #322 “Oh, Love How Deep
  • Sending Hymn: ELW #768 “Lead Me, Guide Me”