TGUC Order Of Worship 21-02-28

Sermon – Hard Truths
TrinityGrace United Church
Reading – Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8: 27-38

Again &Again, We Are Asked To Listen

February 28th, 2021


Land Acknowledgment

Minute for Mission

Preparing to Worship
Video Intro:    Bless the Lord, My Soul



In loving partnership we come
seeing, O God, your will to do;
our prayers and actions now receive,
we freely offer them you.

We are the hands and feet of Christ,
serving by grace each other’s need.
We dare to risk and sacrifice
with truthful word and faithful deed.

Loving community we seek,
your hope and strength within us move.
The poor and rich, the strong and weak
are brought together in your love.

In loving partnership, O God,
help us your future to proclaim.
Justice and peace be our desire;
we humbly pray in Jesus’ name.

Opening Prayer: (One/All)
O^en the first step to change is listening…
   … So let us be in prayer, in silence, together for a moment.

Silence is kept

Listening God

Take what is closed in us and open it.
Take what is distracted in us and settle it.
Take what is hurting in us and hold it.
Take any and all parts of us that create distance from you.
For we are like Peter, O God.
We argue what we don’t know.
We fear what we cannot see.
And we almost always speak sooner than we listen.
So open us, settle us, hold us, and forgive us.
We long to hear you more clearly.
We long to know you more fully.
With hope we pray.

Words of Assurance

Reading: The Gospel of Mark (ch.8: 27-38)

27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are sekng your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And 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. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

14Now aber John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

   For the Word in scripture,
   For the Word among us,
   For the Word within us,
   Thanks be to God.

Hymn: YOU, LORD, ARE BOTH LAMB AND SHEPHERD      (Voices United 210)

1You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd.
You, Lord, are both prince and slave.
You, peacemaker and sword-bringer
Of the way you took and gave.
You the everlasting instant;
You, whom we both scorn and crave.

2Clothed in light upon the mountain,
Stripped of might upon the cross,
Shining in eternal glory,
Beggar’d by a soldier’s toss,
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are both gift and cost.

3You, who walk each day beside us,
Sit in power at God’s side.
You, who preach a way that’s narrow,
Have a love that reaches wide.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our pilgrim guide.

Worthy is our earthly Jesus!
Worthy is our cosmic Christ!
Worthy your defeat and vict’ry.
Worthy still your peace and strife.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our death and life.

Offering Prayers

The Prayer of the People
Prayers for the world and for our community are offered.

The Prayer of the Disciples (The Lord’s Prayer)

Our loving God,
Author of all creation
Hallowed be your name.
Your kin-dom come,
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kin-dom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.


We have this ministry
and we are not discouraged;
it is by God’s own power
that we may live and serve.
Openly we share God’s word,
speaking truth as we believe,
praying that the shadowed world
may healing light receive.
We have this ministry,
O God, receive our living.

O Christ, the tree of life,
our end and our beginning;
we grow to fullest flower
when rooted in your love.
Youth and elder, clergy, lay,
called to service by your grace;
different cultures, different gifts,
we all shall have a place.
We have this ministry,
O God, receive our giving.

The yoke of Christ is ours,
the whole world is our parish.
We daily take the cross,
the burden and the joy.
Bearing hurts of those we serve,
wounded, bruised and bowed with pain,
Holy Spirit, bread and wine,
we die and rise again.
We have this ministry,
O God, receive our loving.


As we leave this space today,
May your mouth speak of God’s goodness.
May your arms hold those in need.
May your feet walk toward justice.
May your heart trust its worth.
May your soul dance in God’s grace.
And may this be your rhythm—
Again and again and again,
Until God’s promised day.

In the name of the Lover, the Beloved, and Love itself,
Go with courage, go with heart, go in peace.


May the God of Peace”   MV 224            Trad. Song, Benin
May the God of peace, and of all good,
May the God of peace, and all love,
Be always with you. Amen !
May God’s peace be with you. Amen !