Nottingham Presbyterian Church

February 28, 2021

Second Sunday in Lent


Approaching God






Threshold Song   Vessels Holy and Whole

     Vessels, holy and whole

     Broken, needing the One

     Open, body and soul

     Healer, come.


Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 22:25-28)


One: Remembering the might grace of God, we come to praise God together with all the faithful throughout the world.

Many: We will honor God not just with our words, but also by the way we live.

One: The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek God will praise God through their daily living.

Many: All the ends of the earth shall remember what God has done, and what God requires, and they will turn to the Lord God of grace and redemption. And all the families of the nations shall worship God.

All: For dominion belongs to the Lord, and God rules over the nations. Let us worship the God who knows no boundaries!


Hymn #340    This Is My Song


This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands a-far and mine.

This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;

But other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.


My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.

But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.

So hear my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.


This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms: thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.

Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one.

So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations: myself I give thee; let thy will be done.


(Text: Stanzas 1 -2, Lloyd Stone; stanza 3, Georgia Harkness, alt. Music: Jean Sibelius, 1899; arr. The Hymnal, 1933, alt. Copyrights -text stanza 1 2, 2934, ren. 1962 The Lorenz Corp; St 3, 1964 The Lorenz Corp; music arr 1933, ren. 1961 The Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, admin. Westminster John Knox Press. Used under One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)



Prayer of Confession (Unison)

God of all, you created us for each other. You set in us a yearning for companionship and empathy that binds us together. You created us to protect one another, and delight in one another. Yet, too often, we have broken down our relationships instead of building them up. We have turned against one another in times of scarcity and in times of abundance. We have built systems and economies that widen the gap of resources. We have not worked for systems that maximize opportunity instead of profits for some. Too many people bear the greatest burden of hardship, food insecurity, joblessness, and healthcare support. We feel overwhelmed by the needs, and turn our heads, or blame all those in need, in our own country and around the world. Help us, Healer, to mend our community and the world community. Show us how to live the empathy of the Savior who gave up all glory to ease our pain, our burdens of sin. Move us toward greater care for one another. In Christ’s name we pray.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Vessels, Holy and Whole repeated

     Vessels, holy and whole

     Broken, needing the One

     Open, body and soul

     Healer, come.



Assurance of Pardon

One: God’s word of mercy and grace is true. God’s promises are steadfast and trustworthy. Feel the presence of the Holy Spirit within you, assuring you of God’s forgiveness. And know this, the love and security of God’s forgiveness is meant for all people. We are capable of sharing our light and not running out of “enough.” Proclaim what you experience: In Jesus Christ there is forgiveness and hope for new life!


Many: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Jesus Christ came not only for the relief of our sins, but for the sins of the world! Beloved, believe this Good News. In Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


Gloria Patri

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.


Passing the Peace


Hearing God’s Word

Today’s Readings are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible


Old Testament Lesson:    Isaiah 2:2-4


 In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
    Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more.

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!

Children’s Moment

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 8: 5 – 13

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 10 When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.


Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!


Sermon          Healing Beyond the Boundaries


Our Response to God


Hymn # 373 O Day of Peace


O day of peace that dimly shines through all our hopes and prayer and dreams,

Guide us to justice, truth and love, delivered from our selfish schemes.

May swords of hate fall from our hands, our hearts from envy find release,

Till by God’s grace our warring world shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.


Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, nor shall the fierce devour the small;

As beasts and cattle calmly graze, a little child shall lead them all.

Then enemies shall learn to love, all creatures find their true accord;

The hope of peace shall be fulfilled, for all the earth shall know the Lord.


(Text: Carl P. Daw Jr., 1982; Music: C. Hubert H. Parry, 1916; harm. Charles H. Webb, 1987; Text copyright 1982 Hope Publishing Company; Music Harm copyright 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (admin. The Copyright Company. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)


Affirmation of Faith (Unison) (from the Confession of 1967)

The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His life as human involves the church in the common life of humanity. Christ’s service to persons commits the church to work for every form of human well-being. His suffering makes the church sensitive to all the sufferings of mankind so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of people in every kind of need. Jesus Christ’s crucifixion discloses to the church God’s judgment on human inhumanity to persons and the awful consequences of its own complicity in injustice. In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong.






Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God above ye heaven host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.


Sending Hymn Community of Christ


Community of Christ, who make the cross your own,

Live out your creed and risk your life for God alone:

The God who wears your face, to whom all worlds belong,

Whose children are of every race and every song.


Community of Christ, look past the church’s door

And see the refugee, the hungry, and the poor.

Takes hands with the oppressed, the jobless in your street,

Take towel and waters, that you wash your neighbor’s feet.


Community of Christ, through whom the word must sound –

Cry out for justice and for peace the whole world round:

Disarm the powers that war and all that can destroy,

Turn bombs to bread, and tears of anguish into joy.


When menace melts away, so shall God’s will be done.

The climate of the world be peace and Christ its sun;

Our currency be love and kindliness our law,

Our food and faith be shared as one forevermore.


(Words: Shirley Erena Murray, 1982, Music: Hebrew melody, arr. Meyer Lyon 1751-1797; words copyright Hope Publishing Company; One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)


Nottingham Presbyterian Church Mission Statement


We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•         Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•         Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•         Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•         Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.


Charge and Benediction



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