Call to Worship
God called Abraham out of his homeland, and the Hebrews out of Egypt
Come Let us worship the Lord
God continues to call us out of where we are to who we should be
Come let us worship the Lord
All Creatures of Our God and Kings 455
All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your vote and with us sing; Alleluia! Alleluia!Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Thou rushing wind that art so strong, Ye clouds that sail in heaven along; O sing ye Alleluia Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, Ye lights of evening find a voice!
Thou flowing water, pure and clearMake music for thy Lord to hear; Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright, That gives us both warms and light
Thou fertile earth, that day by day, Unfoldest blessings on your way; O sing ye! Alleluia! The flowers and fruits that in thee grow, Let them God’s glory also show!
(1 finger) It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements:
(2 fingers) I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
(3 fingers) The Lord said to Moses: Consecrate to me all the firstborn; whatever is the first to open the womb among the Israelites, of human beings and animals, is mine.
(4 fingers) Moses said to the people, ‘Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten.
(Pastor Katy) Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month.
(5 fingers) For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord.
(6 fingers) Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory.
(7 fingers) You shall tell your child on that day, “It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.”
Sermon God with the enslaved Pastor Katy Stenta
Live into Hope 332
Live into hope of captives freed, Of sight regained, the end of greed
The oppressed shall be the first to see, the year of God’s own jubilee
Live into hope the blind shall see, With insight and with clarity,
Removing shades of pride and fear—A vision of our God brought near.
Live into hope of liberty, The right to speak, the right to be
The right to have one’s daily bread, To hear God’s word and thus be fed.
Live into hope of captives freed, From chains of fear or want or greed.
God now proclaims our full release, To faith and hope and joy and peace.
Prayer of Confession: Lord God we confess that we are not where we should be right now. We get distracted by idols, we forget that God promises to free all of God’s children. We proclaim our liberty, and forget that you also commanded us to love one another, and gave us instructions how to save one another. Help us to love and work to save one another, we pray. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and Power and the Glory Forever. Amen.
Passing of the Peace