SERVICE FOR FEBRUARY 28TH: Second Sunday in Lent

THE LITURGYOF LENT

Lent is, first of all, about God baptizing us into a life of faithful discipleship or, to use Martin Luther’s phrase, “creeping back to the font.” Lent prepares us and leads us to the baptismal font and the Lord’s Table as we are reminded of our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The tone of this Lenten order of worship—in the midst of its call to turn, repent, and be cleansed of sin— is one of promise and hope. Sunday after Sunday the Scripture Readings reflect God’s promises. These promises are centered in the fact that God sends Jesus not to condemn the world but to rescue and heal it, casting out sin and evil. Over and over we will see, hear, touch, and taste, how the impossible difficulties of sin are met with the promise of God’s saving action.

Audio for A Lenten Litany of Confession and Exorcism

A Lenten Litany of Confession and Exorcism

Voice: We are possessed by demons.

All of us.

No matter how many times we pray,

they won’t go away completely.

Moods, habits, devilish desires

inhabit the regions of our hearts and minds

and break out suddenly, without explanation, without warning,

taking us over,

making us someone we would rather not be,

someone we really are not.

All: We are obsessed with demons,

surrounded daily by demonic forces:

drink, drugs, consumerism,

money, power, possessing as much as we can;

they are taking control of our neighborhoods,

trying to break down the doors of our homes

and all too often breaking our hearts and our lives.

Voice: Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.

All: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and sustain in me a willing spirit.

All: Cast out the demons treacherously lurking within us 

and around us, O God.

Voice: Drugs and alcohol are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of drugs and alcohol, 

O Christ, 

Prevent them from overpowering us.

Voice: Violence and abuse are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of violence and abuse, 

Messiah Jesus.

Let them not control our lives.

Voice: Excessive consumption and greed are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of excessive consumption and greed,

O Holy One of God.

Prevent them from dominating our lives.

Voice: Uncontrollable anger is a demon.

All: Cast out the demon of uncontrollable anger,
patient Teacher.

Let it not destroy our lives.

Voice: Injustice is a demon.

All: Cast out the demon of injustice, 

merciful Lord.

Let it not oppress our lives.

Voice: Let us put ourselves in the hands of God

Who has overcome the demons.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination)

Voice: God destroyed the demonic forces,

through the cross of Christ,

casting sin from us and giving us the power of forgiveness.

God, now, through the Holy Spirit cleanses and comforts us,

breaking the powers of the evil ones over us

and bringing us to newness of life.

All: Amen.

GATHERING

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL WITH PRAISE AND PRAYER,
AND PREPARE TO HEAR GOD’S WORD OF LIFE

GREETING

Pastor: From our God who loves us with an everlasting love

who brings forth a new creation in Christ,

who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness,

grace, love and abundant peace be with you all.

People: And also with you

KYRIE                                                                                                                                [click on the link below]                                                 https://youtu.be/b8WdyJHLUgg

Kyrie eleison  Lord have mercy,

Christe eleison  Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison  Lord have mercy

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Let us pray:

People: O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life.  Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

WORD

THE CHURCH HEARS THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD ACTING
IN THIS AND EVERY TIME AND PLACE

FIRST READING Genesis 17:1-7,15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 

God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’ 

SECOND READING  Romans 4:13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. 

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. 

THE GOSPEL

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St.________, the _________ chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 8:31-38

Then 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. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ 

He 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. For 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. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those 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.’ 

Pastor: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“Take Up Your Cross, The Savior Said”

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“Take up your cross,” the Savior said,

“If you would my disciple be;

forsake the past, and come this day,

and humbly follow after me.”

Take up your cross; let not its weight

pervade your soul with vain alarm;

his strength shall bear your spirit up,

sustain your heart, and nerve your arm.

Take up your cross, nor heed the shame,

nor let your foolish heart rebel;

for you the Lord endured the cross

to save your soul from death and hell.

Take up your cross and follow Christ,

nor think till death to lay it down;

for those who humbly bear the cross

one day will wear the glorious crown.

APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

All:       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 again 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.

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, AnnE and Joel Zimmerman, Ursula Coakwell, Evelyn Robson, Audrey Hedlin, Liz Sand, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Marguerite Sanders (Don Sander’s sister), the family of Norm Gregory, and the family of Sophie Kobrynsky (Paul Slusar’s sister), the family of Mary Anderson (Evelyn Robson’s mother), the family of Steve Slusar (Paul Slusar’s brother).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, Belarus, the Palestinians and Israelis,  Armenia and Azerbaijan, Thailand, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes, the people of Texas and throughout much of the United States caught in the grips of unbearable cold and snow, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

 [The congregational response after each petition is:  “GRANT US YOUR PEACE.”]

Pastor:  As we journey with Jesus to the cross, the tree of life, witnessing to the transformation of life that comes with faith, repentance and forgiveness, let us pray for the renewal of the Church and the restoration of the whole world to the life of God, saying, “O God in your compassion,” and responding, “Grant us your peace.”

Petitioner:  Merciful God, we sometimes doubt and often resist your desire to protect and to save us, yet you persist.  Sustain your people by your Spirit working through your Word and sacraments.  Protect us from the danger and threat of doubting your promise and give us the boldness to follow your way of grace and love.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  Righteous God, bring peace to all the peoples who strive with one another and others, who exploit and oppress  Teach us to honour our common humanity within diversity.  Lead us away from hatred, fear, and misunderstanding.  Restore your blessing promised to Abraham and Sarah for all the nations so that mercy, peace, and justice might reach to the ends of the earth.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  God of wisdom, you show us how to live in joy and peace.  Raise us up from the waters of our baptism to be a new people sent forth into the world, not to condemn but to offer mercy.  Lead us all through our times of barrenness and blindness to see that Christ was lifted up in death so that we might know God’s love and mercy for all creation.  O God in your compassion …

Pastor:   Comforting God, your grace sustains all whose hearts are broken and you supply every human need.  Bless all who bear doubt, despair, illness, conflict, loss, and grief with your comforting presence.  We remember especially before you ….  Renew them with your promises.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  God of new life, you poured out your life on the cross for the sake of the world.  We pray for this community of faith, that following the pattern of Jesus, we may empty ourselves as you pour out your love through us for the sake of the Gospel and make us a community of welcome and grace for all.  When we seem to be drowning in complacency, fear, doubt, and sin, shower us with your promises, assure us, give us faith. Deepen our care for one another to reach out to those who are absent or experiencing difficult circumstances.   Empower us to be your light, salt, and the body of Christ in this community. O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Praiseworthy God, renew the creation, so that barren fields and burdened cities may become a blessing to all generations in every place.  Renew all people and creation suffering from  the effects of global warming and climate change that the goodness of creation might bear witness to your love for all that is yours.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Sustaining God, Jesus through his suffering death shows us a new way of love and invites us to love one another as he loves us.  Plant this Word in our hearts, so that in its power and love our love may not grow cold in your service, nor that we may be tempted to fail, deny, or leave you, but in faith, cling to the cross and its way to life.  O God in your compassion …

Pastor:  Gracious God, hear us as we pray.  As you have made us and redeemed us, so now sustain us with your hope, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

THANKSGIVING


THE COMMUNITY PRAISES GOD FOR THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF CREATION
AND THE SAVING DEEDS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Sisters and brothers, rejoice, encourage one another, live in peace.
God through Christ has given us the gift of reconciliation.

People: Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: And also with you.

(If with others greet one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words: “Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents, and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY SONG

“Create In Me”

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Create in me a clean heart, O God,

Let me be like you in all my ways.

Give me your strength,

Teach me your song,

Shelter me in the shadow of your wings.

For we are your righteousness.

If we die to ourselves and live through your death,

We shall be born again to be blessed in your love.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Leader: Let us pray.
Compassionate God,

People: we offer you these gifts

as signs of our time and labour.

Receive the offering of our lives,

and feed us with your grace,

that, even in the midst of death,

all creation might feast on your unending life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

People: Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

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 kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

SENDING


ALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GOD, LEAVE IN PEACE,
AND ARE SENT OUT TO SERVE

BENEDICTION

Pastor: God give you the strength to raise up the cross of Christ,

wisdom to follow in the cross of Christ,

and the guidance of the Spirit to carry the cross of Christ

into our world.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN

“Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross”

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Jesus keep me near the cross, there’s a precious fountain;

free to all, a healing stream flows from Calvary’s mountain.

Refrain:

In the cross, in the cross be my glory ever;

till my ransomed soul shall find rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul, love and mercy found me;

there the bright and morning star sheds its beams around me.

Refrain

Near the cross! O Lamb of God, bring its scenes before me;

help me walk from day to day with its shadow o’er me.

Refrain

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait, hoping, trusting ever,

till I reach the golden strand just beyond the river.

Refrain

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Go in peace. Proclaim the love of the life-giving cross.

People: Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the high level of COVID cases throughout Saskatoon and the province, at an online consultation involving all the church leaders and clergy in the Synod it was strongly recommended that congregations continue to suspend all in person worship services until a time when it is safe to gather together.   King of Glory’s Church Council met to consider this recommendation and unanimously passed a motion that we suspend in person worship services and post online worship services on our website through March 2021. Of course, should there be any significant changes with regard to the pandemic situation the Church Council will revisit the issue.

COMING UP AT KOG 

 Sunday, March 7, King of Glory online Worship service.

 Sunday, March 14, Trinity provides online Worship service. For seven ELCIC churches 

 Sunday, March 21, King of Glory online Worship service.   

 Wednesday, March 24, Church Council meets via ZOOM at 7:30 p.m.

 Sunday, March 28, King of Glory online Worship service. 

January, February, and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2020 Budget:  $49,536       Monthly Budget:  $4,180.50     Weekly Budget:  $964.73

2021income/expenses: $3,531.66

January income/expenses: $3,531.66

Contributions from February 1 through February 15: $1550

Offerings.  

Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them.  Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.  

Send your contributions to:  King of Glory Lutheran Church

    3318 Merritt Street

    Saskatoon, SK  S7M 3P6

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to Karen McKenzie for preparing the charitable contribution receipts.

St. David’s Trinity United Church

ST. PATRICK’S STEW SUPPER   

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Curbside Pick-up between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

ADVANCE TICKETS only by March 10th:  $15/meal

Meal includes 12 oz. beef stew, homemade soda bread and shamrock cookie

(chilled, ready to heat or freeze)

Gluten-free meal option available at no extra cost

Call Church office at 306 978-0707 to purchase tickets or

Via Interac e-transfer to st.davidstrinityuc@sasktel.net (no password required)

The website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/   It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic and has the online worship services from our seven congregations. 

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK LENTERN SERVICES

Sisters and brothers,
Our joint weekly Lenten services will be shared among all 7 ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon starting Feb 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM.

Please, use the Zoom information below to join our Lenten services starting Feb 24 at 7:30 PM.
Please, click on the link below to access the service.
You can also call in using the phone numbers below as indicated. Please, note that long-distance charges will apply unless you have a long-distance plan with your phone carrier.
Join Zoom Meeting
Online:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89600870712?pwd=YjlxOEE5bUFyUE81QUp0bGJpQXNKdz09
Zoom App:
Meeting ID: 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
Phone:
        1 647 374 4685 Canada THEN 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
        1 647 558 0588 Canada THEN 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
Blessings,
Pastor Ali 

The schedule for Lent in 2021 is as follows:   

Lent 2                       March 3rd       Trinity is host

Lent 3                       March 10th     Augustana is host

Lent 4                       March 17th     Good Shepherd is host

Lent 5                        March 24th     Zion is host

Maundy Thursday     April 1st          Resurrection provides worship ???

Good Friday              April 2nd          Zion provides worship ???

Co-Treasurer position for King of Glory 

King of Glory is looking for a co-treasurer primarily responsible for documenting and filling out the forms for the province, the Canada Revenue Agency and the ELCiC.  They will work Pat Sarich whose primary responsibility is oversight of the budget and the bookkeeping with respect of receipts and expenditures.  Please contact Pastor Michael about this position.

Additional Prayers

Petitioner:  Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.  We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe.  O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection.  May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.  Hear us, O God of life …

HYMN OF THE DAY

CLOSING HYMN

SERVICE FOR FEBRUARY 21ST: First Sunday in Lent

THE LITURGYOF LENT

Lent is, first of all, about God baptizing us into a life of faithful discipleship or, to use Martin Luther’s phrase, “creeping back to the font.” Lent prepares us and leads us to the baptismal font and the Lord’s Table as we are reminded of our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The tone of this Lenten order of worship—in the midst of its call to turn, repent, and be cleansed of sin— is one of promise and hope. Sunday after Sunday the Scripture Readings reflect God’s promises. These promises are centered in the fact that God sends Jesus not to condemn the world but to rescue and heal it, casting out sin and evil. Over and over we will see, hear, touch, and taste, how the impossible difficulties of sin are met with the promise of God’s saving action.

Audio for A Lenten Litany of Confession and Exorcism

A Lenten Litany of Confession and Exorcism

Voice: We are possessed by demons.

All of us.

No matter how many times we pray,

they won’t go away completely.

Moods, habits, devilish desires

inhabit the regions of our hearts and minds

and break out suddenly, without explanation, without warning,

taking us over,

making us someone we would rather not be,

someone we really are not.

All: We are obsessed with demons,

surrounded daily by demonic forces:

drink, drugs, consumerism,

money, power, possessing as much as we can;

they are taking control of our neighborhoods,

trying to break down the doors of our homes

and all too often breaking our hearts and our lives.

Voice: Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.

All: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and sustain in me a willing spirit.

All: Cast out the demons treacherously lurking within us 

and around us, O God.

Voice: Drugs and alcohol are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of drugs and alcohol, 

O Christ, 

Prevent them from overpowering us.

Voice: Violence and abuse are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of violence and abuse, 

Messiah Jesus.

Let them not control our lives.

Voice: Excessive consumption and greed are demons.

All: Cast out the demons of excessive consumption and greed,

O Holy One of God.

Prevent them from dominating our lives.

Voice: Uncontrollable anger is a demon.

All: Cast out the demon of uncontrollable anger,
patient Teacher.

Let it not destroy our lives.

Voice: Injustice is a demon.

All: Cast out the demon of injustice, 

merciful Lord.

Let it not oppress our lives.

Voice: Let us put ourselves in the hands of God

Who has overcome the demons.

(Silence for reflection and self-examination)

Voice: God destroyed the demonic forces,

through the cross of Christ,

casting sin from us and giving us the power of forgiveness.

God, now, through the Holy Spirit cleanses and comforts us,

breaking the powers of the evil ones over us

and bringing us to newness of life.

All: Amen.

GATHERING

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL WITH PRAISE AND PRAYER,
AND PREPARE TO HEAR GOD’S WORD OF LIFE

GREETING

Pastor: From our God who loves us with an everlasting love

who brings forth a new creation in Christ,

who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness,

grace, love and abundant peace be with you all.

People: And also with you

KYRIE                                                                                                                                [click on the link below]                                                 https://youtu.be/b8WdyJHLUgg

Kyrie eleison  Lord have mercy,

Christe eleison  Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison  Lord have mercy

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Let us pray:

People: 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 Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

WORD

THE CHURCH HEARS THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD ACTING
IN THIS AND EVERY TIME AND PLACE

FIRST READING Genesis 9:8-17

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’ 

SECOND READING  1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him. 

THE GOSPEL

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St.________, the _________ chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 1:9-15

The Baptism of Jesus

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.’ 

The Temptation of Jesus

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

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.’

Pastor: The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“When Pain of the World Surrounds Us”

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When pain of the world surrounds us with darkness and despair,

when searching just confounds us with false hope everywhere,

when lives are starved for meaning and destiny is bare,

we are called to follow Jesus and let God’s healing flow through us.

We see with fear and trembling our aching world in need,

confessing to each other our wastefulness and greed.

May we with steadfast caring the hungry children feed.

We are called to follow Jesus and let God’s justice flow through us.

The church is a holy vessel the living waters fill

to nourish all the people, God’s purpose to fulfill.

May we with humble courage be open to God’s will.

We are called to follow Jesus and let God’s Spirit flow through us.

We praise you for our journey and your abundant grace,

your saving word that guided a struggling human race.

O God, with all creation, your future we embrace.

We are called to follow Jesus and let God’s changes flow through us.

APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

All:       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 again 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.

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, AnnE and Joel Zimmerman, Ursula Coakwell, Evelyn Robson, Audrey Hedlin, Liz Sand, the residents, staff, and families at LutherCare dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Marguerite Sanders (Don Sander’s sister), the family of Pastor Anne Knudsen, the family of Norm Gregory, and the family of Sophie Kobrynsky (Paul Slusar’s sister), the family of Mary Anderson (Evelyn Robson’s mother), the family of Steve Slusar (Paul Slusar’s brother).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, Belarus, the Palestinians and Israelis,  Armenia and Azerbaijan, Thailand, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes and those in Central America hit by hurricanes Eta and Iota, the people and government of the United States caught up in post-election violence and insurrection, the people of Texas and throughout much caught in the grips of unbearable cold and snow, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

 [The congregational response after each petition is:  “GRANT US YOUR PEACE.”]

Pastor:  As we journey with Jesus to the cross, the tree of life, witnessing to the transformation of life that comes with faith, repentance and forgiveness, let us pray for the renewal of the Church and the restoration of the whole world to the life of God, saying, “O God in your compassion,” and responding, “Grant us your peace.”

Petitioner:  Merciful God, in the covenant of baptism you wash us clean from sin and refresh us with your promise of belonging.  Sustain your people by your Spirit working through your Word and sacraments, teach us to live in the covenant baptism.  Give us your Word of Life, for we cannot live on bread alone. Deliver us from all that draws us away from you.  Be present in all the struggles of your people that we do not seek to dominate or control, but  persist in honouring you  and to live mercifully with others.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  Righteous God, flood our world with a desire for peace and through your cross open the eyes of the world to the power of injustice, violence, terror, and oppression.   Move the leaders and peoples of the world to see the ways of justice and peace and turn from the temptations of power, hate, cruelty, and greed to bring aid and care to the hungry, poor, and oppressed.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Praiseworthy God, we thank you for the covenant of the rainbow you have made with all creation.  The earth thirsts for your life-giving water.  Pour out the gift of water for all of your creation.  Provide clean water for those who lack it, curb the use of those who waste it, and guide the efforts of those who seek to conserve it.  O God in your compassion …

Pastor:   Comforting God, deliver your gift of healing to all who suffer.  Make well those who are ill,  make those who struggle with brokenness, whole, and make those who mourn, filled with joy.  We remember especially before you ….  Renew them with your promises.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  God of new life, we pray for this community of faith, that following the pattern of Jesus we may empty ourselves for the sake of the Gospel and give ourselves to those who are searching for your life, who are vulnerable, in need, or without hope.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:  God of wisdom, you show us how to live in joy and peace.  Lead us all through our times of barrenness and blindness to see that Christ emptied himself in death so that we might know God’s love and mercy for all creation.  O God in your compassion …

Petitioner:   Sustaining God, Jesus through his suffering death shows us a new way of love and invites us to love one another as he loves us.  Plant this Word in our hearts, so that in its power and love, our love may not grow cold in your service, nor that we may be tempted to fail, deny, or leave you, but in faith, cling to the cross and its way to life.  O God in your compassion …

Pastor:  Gracious God, hear us as we pray.  As you have made us and redeemed us, so now sustain us with your hope, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

THANKSGIVING


THE COMMUNITY PRAISES GOD FOR THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF CREATION
AND THE SAVING DEEDS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Sisters and brothers, rejoice, encourage one another, live in peace.
God through Christ has given us the gift of reconciliation.

People: Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to one another.

Pastor: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People: And also with you.

(If with others greet one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words: “Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents, and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY SONG

“Create In Me”

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Create in me a clean heart, O God,

Let me be like you in all my ways.

Give me your strength,

Teach me your song,

Shelter me in the shadow of your wings.

For we are your righteousness.

If we die to ourselves and live through your death,

We shall be born again to be blessed in your love.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Leader: Let us pray.
Compassionate God,

People: we offer you these gifts

as signs of our time and labour.

Receive the offering of our lives,

and feed us with your grace,

that, even in the midst of death,

all creation might feast on your unending life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

People: Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

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 kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

SENDING


ALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GOD, LEAVE IN PEACE,
AND ARE SENT OUT TO SERVE

BENEDICTION

Pastor: God give you the strength to raise up the cross of Christ,

wisdom to follow in the cross of Christ,

and the guidance of the Spirit to carry the cross of Christ

into our world.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN

“The Glory of These Forty Days”

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The glory of these forty days

we celebrate with songs of praise;

for Christ, through whom all things were made,

himself has fasted and has prayed.

Alone and fasting Moses saw

the loving God who gave the law;

and Elijah, fasting, came 

the steeds and chariots of flame.

So Daniel trained his mystic sight,

delivered from the lions’ might;

and John, the Bridegroom’s friend became,

the herald of Messiah’s name.

Then grant, O God, that we may, too,

return in fast and prayer to you.

Our spirits strengthen with your grace,

and give us joy to see your face.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Go in peace. Proclaim the love of the life-giving cross.

People: Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the high level of COVID cases throughout Saskatoon and the province, at an online consultation involving all the church leaders and clergy in the Synod it was strongly recommended that congregations continue to suspend all in person worship services until a time when it is safe to gather together.   King of Glory’s Church Council met to consider this recommendation and unanimously passed a motion that we suspend in person worship services and post online worship services on our website through March 2021. Of course, should there be any significant changes with regard to the pandemic situation the Church Council will revisit the issue.

COMING UP AT KOG 

  Sunday, February 21, King of Glory online Worship service.  

 Sunday, February 28, King of Glory online Worship service.

 Sunday, March 7, King of Glory online Worship service.

 Sunday, March 14, Trinity provides online Worship service. For seven ELCIC churches 

 Sunday, March 21, King of Glory online Worship service.   

 Wednesday, March 24, Church Council meets via ZOOM at 7:30 p.m.

 Sunday, March 28, King of Glory online Worship service. 

December, January, and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2020 Budget:  $49,536       Monthly Budget:  $4,180.50     Weekly Budget:  $964.73

2020 income/expenses: $3,165.38

December income/expenses: $2,270.58

Contributions from February 1 through February 15: $1550

Offerings.  

Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them.  Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.  

Send your contributions to:  King of Glory Lutheran Church

    3318 Merritt Street

    Saskatoon, SK  S7M 3P6

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to Karen McKenzie for preparing the charitable contribution receipts.

St. David’s Trinity United Church

ST. PATRICK’S STEW SUPPER   

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Curbside Pick-up between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

ADVANCE TICKETS only by March 10th:  $15/meal

Meal includes 12 oz. beef stew, homemade soda bread and shamrock cookie

(chilled, ready to heat or freeze)

Gluten-free meal option available at no extra cost

Call Church office at 306 978-0707 to purchase tickets or

Via Interac e-transfer to st.davidstrinityuc@sasktel.net (no password required)

The website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/   It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic and has the online worship services from our seven congregations. 

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK LENTERN SERVICES

Sisters and brothers,
Our joint weekly Lenten services will be shared among all 7 ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon starting Feb 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM.

Please, use the Zoom information below to join our Lenten services starting Feb 24 at 7:30 PM.
Please, click on the link below to access the service.
You can also call in using the phone numbers below as indicated. Please, note that long-distance charges will apply unless you have a long-distance plan with your phone carrier.
Join Zoom Meeting
Online:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89600870712?pwd=YjlxOEE5bUFyUE81QUp0bGJpQXNKdz09
Zoom App:
Meeting ID: 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
Phone:
        1 647 374 4685 Canada THEN 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
        1 647 558 0588 Canada THEN 896 0087 0712 THEN Passcode: 093604
Blessings,
Pastor Ali 

The schedule for Lent in 2021 is as follows:   

Ash Wednesday        Feb 17th          King of Glory will provide worship

Lent 1                       Feb 24th         Redeemer is host

Lent 2                       March 3rd       Trinity is host

Lent 3                       March 10th     Augustana is host

Lent 4                       March 17th     Good Shepherd is host

Lent 5                        March 24th     Zion is host

Maundy Thursday     April 1st          Resurrection provides worship ???

Good Friday              April 2nd          Zion provides worship ???

Co-Treasurer position for King of Glory 

King of Glory is looking for a co-treasurer primarily responsible for documenting and filling out the forms for the province, the Canada Revenue Agency and the ELCiC.  They will work Pat Sarich whose primary responsibility is oversight of the budget and the bookkeeping with respect of receipts and expenditures.  Please contact Pastor Michael about this position.

Additional Prayers

Petitioner:  Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.  We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe.  O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection.  May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.  Hear us, O God of life …

HYMN OF THE DAY

CLOSING HYMN

7 ELCIC/SASKATOON ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE FROM KOG

ASH WEDNESDAY

Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting, prayer, and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter.  As we hear in today’s readings, now is the acceptable time to return to God, our Creator and Redeemer.  In Lent the people of faith reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection.  The sign of ashes suggests our human frailty and mortality.  As the ashes make the sign of the cross it proclaims that while we are dust, we have been marked by Christ for renewal and life.

The restrictions for in-person worship because of the pandemic mean that we cannot gather for the imposition of ashes.

In its place we will be participating in the long-standing biblical tradition of lament, the practice of mourning for all that’s wrong and crying out—to God and with God—to make things right.  One of the ways people expressed their laments in the Bible was by rending, by tearing,  their clothes. David does it when he hears of his daughter Tamar’s rape, and when Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle. Job did it when he lost pretty much everything he owned and everyone he loved. Clothing was an extremely valuable and limited resource in those days, and not something that was easily replaced. So, when they ripped their clothes to shreds, it spoke volumes. It was a way of physically expressing the pain, the regret, the shame, guilt, and the need for repentance they felt inside, a way of saying, “I am torn up. My heart is ripped to shreds.”  As the prophet Joel says in the First Reading, “rend your hearts and not your clothing.”

During the reading of Psalm 51 there will be times for the tearing of fabric to signify the lament over our sinful lives as we symbolically “rend our hearts,” repent, and hearken to God’s invitation to “return to me with all your heart.”

For this you will need a piece of fabric, about 12 inches square. [It can be an old towel, sheet, T-shirt, just about any tearable piece of cloth.]  Make about four half inch  incisions on one side of the cloth so that it will be easy to “rend” at the appropriate times.  Please make the preparations for the act of repentance and lament at this time.

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Audio File for Introduction and Readings

GREETING

Pastor: From our God who loves us with an everlasting love

who brings forth a new creation in Christ,

who leads us by the Spirit in the wilderness,

grace, love and abundant peace be with you all.

People: And also with you

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray.

People:  Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent.  Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

First Lesson:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
   sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
   for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—
a day of darkness and gloom,
   a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread upon the mountains
   a great and powerful army comes;
their like has never been from of old,
   nor will be again after them
   in ages to come. 


Yet even now, says the Lord,
   return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
   rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
   for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
   and relents from punishing.
Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
   and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain-offering and a drink-offering
   for the Lord, your God? 


Blow the trumpet in Zion;
   sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
   gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
   assemble the aged;
gather the children,
   even infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
   and the bride her canopy. 


Between the vestibule and the altar
   let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.
Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord,
   and do not make your heritage a mockery,
   a byword among the nations.
Why should it be said among the peoples,
   “Where is their God?” ’ 

Second Lesson:  2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,
‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
   and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 

Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 

‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“Change My Heart, O God”

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Change my heart, O God; 

Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God;

may I be like you.

You are the potter;

I am the clay.

Mold me and make me;

this is what I pray.

INVITATION, CONFESSION, AND LAMENT

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INVITATION TO LENT

Pastor: Friends in Christ, today with the whole Church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.

We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy.  We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation.  But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor.  I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love – strengthened by the gifts of Word and Sacrament.  Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

(silence for reflection and self-examination)  

CONFESSION OF SIN

Pastor:  Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Most holy and merciful God:

People:  We confess to you and to one another, and before the whole company of heaven, that we have sinned by our own fault, by our own fault, by our own most grievous fault, in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

Pastor:  We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor: We have shut our ears to your call to serve as Christ served us.  We have not been true to the mind of Christ.  We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our past unfaithfulness,  the pride, envy, hypocrisy, and apathy that have infected our lives,  we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to  share the faith that is in us, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our neglect of human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our false judgments, our uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, we confess to you.

People:  Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, we confess to you.

People: Have mercy on us, O God.

Pastor:  Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us.

People:  Hear us, O God, for your mercy is great.  Amen.

THE LAMENT OVER SIN IN LIEU OF THE IMPOSITION OF ASHES

Psalm 51 

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your  steadfast love;

in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness,

and cleanse me from my sin.

          3 For I know my offenses,

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are justified when you speak and right in your judgment.

[We rip one strip of cloth as we lament.  We rend our hearts]

5 Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness,

a sinner from my mother’s womb.

6 Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me,

and would have me know wisdom deep within.

7 Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be purer than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

that the body you have broken may rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins,

and blot out all my wickedness.

[We rip one strip of cloth as we lament.  We rend our hearts]

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

[We rip one strip of cloth as we lament.  We rend our hearts]

13 Let me teach your ways to offenders,

and sinners shall be restored to you.

14 Rescue me from bloodshed, O God of my salvation,

and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord open my lips,

and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

16 For you take no delight in sacrifice, or I would give it.

You are not pleased with burnt offering.

17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;

a troubled and broken heart, O God, you will not despise.

[We rip one strip of cloth as we lament.  We rend our hearts]

18 Favor Zion with your good pleasure;

build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the appointed sacrifices, in burnt and whole offerings;

then young bulls shall be offered upon your altar.

Pastor:  Almighty God, have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

People:  Amen.

HYMN FOR REPENTANCE, RENEWAL AND NEW CREATION

“Create In Me”

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Create in me a clean heart, O God,

Let me be like you in all my ways.

Give me your strength,

Teach me your song,

Shelter me in the shadow of your wings.

For we are your righteousness.

If we die to ourselves and live through your death,

We shall be born again to be blessed in your love.

Audio File for Prayers and Blessing

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

(The congregational response after each petition is “YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.”)

Pastor:  As we journey through Lent’s season of repentance and way of the cross, let us return in faith and with prayer to God who gives us the joy of forgiveness, hope, and life, saying, “Hear us, O God,” and responding, “Your mercy is great.”

Petitioner:  O God, you call your people to turn from sin and to live in the joy and freedom of forgiveness.  Give patience and courage to all your faithful people as they continue to live a life of repentance, prayer, and love.  Hear us, O God …

Petitioner:  O God, you call all people to work together for the common good.  Assist the leaders of our city, province, and nation to remove all obstacles that would stand in the way of your reconciling efforts of peacemaking.  Hear us, O God …

Pastor:  O God, grant compassion and comfort to all who are suffering from illness, grief, loss, or anxiety.  We remember especially before you ….  Show your healing presence to all who are in need and bring them peace of mind and heart.  Hear us, O God …

Petitioner:  O God, you call your people to turn from sin and to live in your way of mercy and justice.  Guide all who are preparing for baptism or for confirmation that they may learn of your life-giving way of love.  Hear us, O God …

Petitioner:  O God, renew and refresh us throughout our journey of life, hold us in your care, guide us with your Spirit, teach us the way of the cross, feed us with your Word of forgiveness.  Hear us, O God …

Pastor:  Compassionate God, hear us as we cry out for the renewal of our lives and of our world, create in us faithful hearts, and uphold us with your forgiving Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

        THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Sisters and brothers, rejoice, encourage one another, live in peace.  God through Christ has given us the gift of reconciliation.

People:  Therefore, let us be reconciled to God and to another.

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you always.

People:  And also with you.

       (Greet one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words: “Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Pastor:  Let us pray:

God of glory,

People:  receive these gifts and the offering of our lives.

As Jesus was lifted up from earth,

draw us to your heart in the midst of this world,

that all creation may be brought from bondage to freedom,

from darkness to light,

and from death to life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER  

Pastor: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

 People: Our Father in heaven,

    hallowed be your name,

    your kingdom come,

    your will be done,

        on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

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 kingdom, the power,

    and the glory are yours,

    now and forever.  Amen.

BENEDICTION

Pastor: God give you the strength to raise up the cross of Christ, 

wisdom to follow in the cross of Christ,

and the guidance of the Spirit to carry the cross of Christ 

into our world.

People: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN

“Bless Now, O God, the Journey ”

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Bless now, O God, the journey that all your people make,

the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take.

The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round,

then leads beside still waters, the road where faith is found.

Bless sojourners and pilgrims who share this winding way;

your hope burns through the terrors, your love sustains the day.

We yearn for holy freedom while often we are bound;

together we are seeking the road where faith is found.

Divine eternal lover, you meet us on the road.

We wait for lands of promise where milk and honey flow,

but waiting not for places, you meet us all around.

Our covenant is written on roads, as faith is found.

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Reconciled to God through the life-giving cross of Christ, 

let us go out into the world in peace. 

People: Thanks be to God.

KOG Service for February 7, 2021

 ARISE! YOUR LIGHT HAS COME

Epiphany (shining forth, appearing) observes the manifestation of Christ to all the nations of the world.  In the Sundays of the Epiphany season we see Christ as our light, our revealer.  What these epiphanies have to say to us is that looking with discerning eye and listening with discriminating ear, we can perceive God behind, above, within, around, and below the world all about us.  In Epiphany we begin to see more and more of Jesus, from his baptism in the Jordan River to his transfiguration on the mountain.  Christ is the coming of the light and the power of the light to draw us to God.  This light will unveil evil even as it reveals the goodness and glory of God; God’s unstoppable love for us.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

WE REMEMBER OUR BAPTISMS, CONFESS OUR FAITHLESSNESS, 

AND HEAR GOD’S FAITHFUL PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS

Pastor: Trusting in the word of life given in baptism,

we are gathered in the name

of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

the holy Trinity, one God,

the fountain of living water,

the rock who gave us birth,

our light and our salvation.

People: Amen.

Pastor: Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us  give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Pastor: We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.

You led Israel safely through the Sea from slavery into freedom and the land of promise.

In the waters of the Jordan, your Son was baptized by John, anointed with the Holy Spirit, and proclaimed your beloved one.

By water, your Word, and the Spirit you claim us as your daughters and sons,

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

Through this water remind us of our baptism.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,

and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

Shower us with your Spirit,

and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

People: Blessed be God,

who gives us life with all creation,

joins us to the saving death of Christ,

and raises us to new life by the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

HYMN FOR THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY

“We Are Marching In the Light of God”

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We are marching in the light of God, 

We are marching in the light of God.

We are marching in the light of God

We are marching in the light of God.

We are marching, we are marching, ooooh

We are marching in the light of God

We are marching, we are marching, ooooh

We are marching in the light of God

GATHERING

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL WITH PRAISE AND PRAYER,
AND PREPARE TO HEAR GOD’S WORD OF LIFE

GREETING

Pastor: The light and love of God,

who wonderfully made you,

who graciously redeemed you,

who calls you each by name,

be with you all.

People: And also with you

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:  The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

Pastor:  Let us pray

People: Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint.  Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.   Amen.

WORD

THE CHURCH HEARS THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD ACTING
IN THIS AND EVERY TIME AND PLACE

FIRST READING:  Isaiah 40:21-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
   Has it not been told you from the beginning?
   Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
   and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
   and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
   and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. 

Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
   scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
   and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 

To whom then will you compare me,
   or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
   Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
   calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
   mighty in power,
   not one is missing. 

Why do you say, O Jacob,
   and speak, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the Lord,
   and my right is disregarded by my God’?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
   his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
   and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
   and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,
   they shall walk and not faint. 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 9: 16-23

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel. 

For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I might by any means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 

THE GOSPEL

Pastor: The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 1:29-39

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 

That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons. 

Pastor:   The Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“We Come To You For Healing, Lord”

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We come to you for healing, Lord, of body mind and soul,

and pray that by your Spirit’s touch we may again be whole.

As once you walked through ancient streets and reached toward those in pain,

come, risen Christ, among us still with power to heal again.

You touch us through physicians’ skills, through nurses gifts of care,

and through the love of faithful friends who lift our lives in prayer.

When nights are long with wakefulness, through days when strength runs low,

grant us your gift of patience Lord, your calming peace to know.

We come to you, O loving Lord, in our distress and pain,

in trust that through our nights and days your grace will heal, sustain.

APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor: Let us confess our faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.

All:       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.

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, AnnE and Joel Zimmerman, Ursula Coakwell, Evelyn Robson, Audrey Hedlin, the residents, staff, and families at LutherCare dealing with an outbreak of coronavirus, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Marguerite Sanders (Don Sander’s sister), the family of Pastor Anne Knudsen, the family of Norm Gregory, and the family of Sophie Kobrynsky (Paul Slusar’s sister), the family of Mary Anderson (Evelyn Robson’s mother).

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, Belarus, the Palestinians and Israelis,  Armenia and Azerbaijan, Thailand, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes and those in Central America hit by hurricanes Eta and Iota, the people and government of the United States caught up in post-election violence and insurrection, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE OF FAITH

 [The congregational response after each petition is:  “HEAR OUR PRAYER.”]

Pastor:  As we see and hear the promises of God revealed in Jesus, the Word made flesh, let us pray for all people and the whole creation that the light of Christ’s grace and mercy shine upon all , saying, “O Christ, our light and life,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

Petitioner:  God of new life, place in the mouths of your disciples the good news of healing and salvation in Christ.  Place in our hands your steadfast love for service that we might be able to help in many ways, so that all may know your care.  O Christ, our light and life …

Petitioner:   Sustaining God, where the earth is exhausted by our demands and the air and waters are polluted with our waste, bring rest to creation and restore the health of your creatures so that all creation might praise and serve you.  O Christ, our light and life …

Petitioner:  God of surprising grace, give us boldness and faith to embrace the insecurities of our life together.  Come to us and be with us in our decisions made even in ambiguity and uncertainty.  Send your Spirit and work through us even when we are uncertain in our trust and unsure of the path we take.  O Christ, our light and life … 

Pastor:   Compassionate God, bind and make whole those who have broken bodies and hearts.  Comfort those who hurt and grieve, relieve those who worry or are depressed, restore those who are sick, give endurance to those who struggle is unrelenting. We remember especially before you …  Bring healing, courage, and hope into their lives. O Christ, our light and life… 

Petitioner:  Almighty God, provide shelter for those without homes.  Grant protection to those who live on the street, provide safety for all refugees.  Raise up leaders who reach out to those suffering war, terror, famine, and persecution and who value justice and the well-being of their citizens more than power and economic profit. O Christ, our light and life … 

Petitioner:  God of wholeness, renew your people through our baptism from our fevered lives of sin and evil.  When we are frantic, troubled, or feeling powerless breathe your Spirit into us, lead us into quiet places of prayer, that, restored by your peace, we gladly serve you and our neighbours in our daily lives.  O Christ, our light and life … 

Petitioner:   We give thanks to you, O God, for the greatest of epiphanies in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  May it be the source of our hope, a guide for our lives, and the power that enables us to sing, to pray, to hear the Gospel, and to love our neighbour.  O Christ, our  light and life …  

Pastor:  Receive our prayers, gracious God, and fill us with hope as we behold your presence among us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:  Amen.

THANKSGIVING


THE COMMUNITY PRAISES GOD FOR THE GRACIOUS GIFTS OF
 CREATION AND THE SAVING DEEDS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE GREETING AND SHARING OF PEACE

Pastor: Since we are forgiven and renewed by God’s Spirit, let us also be reconciled with one another and share the Peace of the Lord.  

The peace of Christ be with you always.

People: And also with you.

(The congregation greets one another with a gesture of peace, using these or similar words:
“Christ’s peace be with you.”)

THE OFFERING

(We worship God with the offering of our selves, our time, our talents, and our possessions.)

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Leader: Let us pray.
God of all creation,

People: with great joy we worship you and lay before you these gifts.

Use what we have gathered here

in feeding the hungry world with your love.

Let our lives serve you only,

and lead us always to our dearest treasure,

Jesus Christ, the light of the world and the life of all. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Let us pray with confidence in the words our Saviour gave us:

People: Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

  on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

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 kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

SENDING


ALL RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GOD, LEAVE IN PEACE,
AND ARE SENT OUT TO SERVE

BENEDICTION

Pastor:  May Christ, whose epiphany revealed God’s glory to the world,

deepen your faith and make your hearts glad.

God’s blessing be with you,

Christ’s peace be with you,

the Spirit’s outpouring of love be with you, now and always.

People: Amen

CLOSING HYMN

“Christ Be Our Light ”

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Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.

Refrain:

Christ ,be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has power to save us.

Make us your living voice.

Refrain.

Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.

Refrain.

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone.

Refrain.

Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

signs of your kingdom come.

Refrain.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Go forth as light into the world.  The joy of the Lord is your strength.

People: Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the high level of COVID cases throughout Saskatoon and the province, at an online consultation involving all the church leaders and clergy in the Synod it was strongly recommended that congregations continue to suspend all in person worship services until a time when it is safe to gather together.   King of Glory’s Church Council met to consider this recommendation and unanimously passed a motion that we suspend in person worship services and post online worship services on our website through March 2021. Of course, should there be any significant changes with regard to the pandemic situation the Church Council will revisit the issue.

COMING UP AT KOG 

 Sunday, February 7, King of Glory online Worship service.

 Sunday, February 14, Good Shepherd provides an online Worship service for all seven ELCIC congregations.

 Wednesday, February 17, King of Glory provides an online Ash Wednesday Worship service for all seven ELCIC congregations.

  Sunday, February 21, King of Glory online Worship service.  

– Sunday, February 28, King of Glory online Worship service. 

 Wednesday, March 24, Church Council meets via ZOOM at 7:30 p.m.

December, January, and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2020 Budget:  $49,536       Monthly Budget:  $4,180.50     Weekly Budget:  $964.73

2020 income/expenses: $3,165.38

December income/expenses: $2,270.58

Contributions from January 10 through January 31: $5750

Offerings.  

Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them.  Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.  

Send your contributions to:  King of Glory Lutheran Church

    3318 Merritt Street

    Saskatoon, SK  S7M 3P6

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you to Karen McKenzie for preparing the charitable contribution receipts.

The website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/   It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic and has the online worship services from our seven congregations. 

Co-Treasurer position for King of Glory 

King of Glory is looking for a co-treasurer primarily responsible for documenting and filling out the forms for the province, the Canada Revenue Agency and the ELCiC.  They will work Pat Sarich whose primary responsibility is oversight of the budget and the bookkeeping with respect of receipts and expenditures.  Please contact Pastor Michael about this position.

Additional Prayers

Petitioner:  Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.  We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe.  O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection.  May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.  Hear us, O God of life …