Week 2

The Journey Begins

March 12, 2017



Each worship outline contains all elements needed for your worship service.  The order of each service presented is only a suggestion.  No doubt changes will be needed to accommodate the flow and worship style of your corps.  The outlines are flexible and allow opportunities to “cut and paste” as needed.  If you are blessed with instrumental or vocal music resources, you may find there is more structured material here than needed. 


 Announcements and Offering

[Take this opportunity to encourage World Services/Self-Denial offerings.  “Self-Denial Transforms” resources available athttp://centralmissions.org/type/self-denial-transforms/  ]

Call to Worship:

14 You see, the controlling force in our lives is the love of the Anointed One. And our confession is this: One died for all; therefore, all have died. 15 He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose from the dead. 16 Because of all that God has done, we now have a new perspective. We used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests. No longer. We used to think of the Anointed the same way. No longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (The Voice)


SB#262 – Love divine, all loves excelling TB-361 – Blaenwern

TB-370 – Hyfrydol

HTD5-T3 (3 vs.)

HTD1-T14 (3 vs.)

                                                       Additional Optional Songs
HC#71 – Power in the Blood



TB-945 – same

HC#105 – How Marvelous!



TB-769 – My Savior’s love


HTD10-T8 (4 vs.)

HC#146 – Here I Am to Worship



TB-653 – same

HC#161 – My Great Redeemer’s Praise



TB-75 – Grimsby

HC#189 – Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing HC-189 HCD17-T19
HC#223 – All Glory Be to Christ HC-223 HCD21-T13
HC#241 – Crown Him with Many Crowns



TB-162 – Diademata


HTD1-T8 (4 vs.)

SB#51 – O Thou God of full salvation TB-360 – Bethany HTD11-T1 (4 vs.)
SB#734 – Precious Jesus, O to love Thee! TB-323 – Denmark Hill HTD12-T4 (4 vs.)


Drama – Let’s Make a Deal


[Insert in bulletin each week]


Lent Reflections – Repentance



Leader:  18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NIV)


All:  God of compassion, in Jesus Christ you did not disdain the company of sinners but welcomed them with love.  Look upon us in mercy, we pray.  Our sins are more than we can bear; our pasts enslave us; our misdeeds are beyond correcting.  Forgive the wrongs we cannot undo; free us from a past we cannot change; heal what we can no longer fix.  Grace our lives with your love and turn the tears of our past into the joy of new life with you.  Amen. [WSB]


Testimony/Testimonies – Theme – My journey with Christ began…


HC#164 – Before the Throne of God above




TB-52 – same

                                                       Additional Optional Songs
HC#123 – Shine on Us HC-123 HCD11-T13
HC#127 – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us




TB-663 – same

HC#139 – There Is a Message



TB-879 – same

HC#219 – King of Kings, Majesty



TB-722 – same

HC#214 – Holy Spirit HC-214 HCD20-T14
HC#238 – O Great God HC-238 HCD22-T18
HC#242 – In Your Presence HC-242 HCD23-T12
SB#189 – O love upon a cross impaled TB-443 – Mozart HTD12-T11 (4 vs.)
SB#219 – God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus TB-570 – Because He lives HTD12-T2 (3 vs.)


Sermon Part 1 – The Journey Begins with Repentance

HC#236 – Lord, I Need You HC-236 HCD22-T16
                                                       Additional Optional Songs
HC#179 – Come to Jesus HC-179 HCD16-T19
HC#248 – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) HC-248 HCD23-T18
HC#249 – Near to the Heart of God HC-249 HCD23-T19
SB#456 – Dear Lord and Father of mankind TB-105 – Repton HTD8-T13 (3 vs.)
SB#781 – Our Father, who in Heaven art TB-70 – Fewster HTD3-T13 (4 vs.)


Congregational Prayers:  (silent) Prayers for Holiness…

 Pastoral Prayer

Father of mercies, we confess that we have sinned against you.  By your Holy Spirit, come and work repentance into our hearts.  Help us to see you as you are: with outstretched arms, a loving heart, and power to save.  Help us to see Jesus, the friend of sinners, and to follow him more faithfully.  As we have received him, so strengthen us to walk in him, depend on him, commune with him, and be conformed to him.  Give us an experience of your grace that makes us bold, that we might joyfully live for the good of others.  Amen.  [WSB]


Sermon Part 2 – The Journey Begins

HC#98 – Nothing but Thy Blood HC-98 HCD8-T18
                                                       Additional Optional Songs
HC#102 – Whiter Than the Snow



TB-932 – same

HC#123 – Shine on Us HC-123 HCD11-T13
HC#127 – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us




TB-663 – same

HC#139 – There Is a Message



TB-879 – same

HC#179 – Come to Jesus HC-179 HCD16-T19
HC#219 – King of Kings, Majesty



TB-722 – same

HC#214 – Holy Spirit HC-214 HCD20-T14
HC#226 – I Worship You HC-226 HCD21-T16
HC#235 – I Know a Fount



TB-489 – same

HC#236 – Lord, I Need You HC-236 HCD22-T16
HC#242 – In Your Presence HC-242 HCD23-T12
HC#248 – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) HC-248 HCD23-T18
HC#249 – Near to the Heart of God HC-249 HCD23-T19



God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to you, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; make our mouths speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ within us. In his holy name we pray. Amen.  [WSB]


HC#239 – Fountain/Doxology HC-239 HCD22-T19
                                                       Additional Optional Songs
HC#149 – In Christ Alone



TB-132 – same

HC#161 – My Great Redeemer’s Praise



TB-75 – Grimsby

HC#198 – In Jesus’ Name HC-198 HCD18-T18
HC#250 – Hear the Call of the Kingdom HC-250 HCD23-T20



Week #2

Let’s Make a Deal

By Martyn Scott Thomas

© Copyright 2016 by Martyn Scott Thomas. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Topic: Repentance
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Synopsis: Two prisoners discuss possible plea deals.
Characters: Denny


Props/Costumes: A table, two chairs, a chess board, beige or orange shirts (prison attire), and jeans.
Setting: A holding cell at a county jail.
Running time: 5 minutes


[Denny and Todd are seated at the table, playing chess. They should continue playing as they talk.]

 Denny:            You know, this is starting to become a habit.

Todd:              I told you, you’d like this game.

Denny:            Once you figure out how all the pieces move, it’s not so hard.

Todd:              [takes a piece] Yeah, maybe soon you’ll start to offer me a challenge.

Denny:            Give me some time. I may surprise you. [takes a piece]

Todd:              Well, played.

Denny:            Thank you.

Todd:              We should really try to get together and play this somewhere other than here.

Denny:            Maybe outside in the park.

Todd:              Yeah, down by the lake. That would be nice.

Denny:            So when do you think you’ll be out this time?

Todd:              It may be a while.

Denny:            What did they get you for this time?

Todd:              B and E.

Denny:            Any weapon?

Todd:              Not unless you count the crow bar I used to let myself in.

Denny:            Did you drop it?

Todd:              Yeah, but not until they got there. They caught me in the act this time.

Denny:            Oops. That could make things a little tougher.

Todd:              I don’t know. We’ll see which Public Defender I get this time. How about you?

Denny:            Possession of stolen goods.

Todd:              Which goods?

Denny:            A few cases of cell phones. [speaks as if talking to the police] “I was holding them for a friend.”

Todd:              Good one. You can beat that one. You might even get off with probation.

Denny:            I’m hoping. But this is my third time this year. I might have to do some more time.

Todd:              Sorry to hear. Maybe they’ll assign Larry to you. He’s always done a good job for me.

Denny:            Nah, they gave me some new guy, Joshua.

Todd:              Ooh, new guys can be tough.

Denny:            Yeah, he’s already asking me to take a plea deal.

Todd:              Right off the bat? That can’t be good.

Denny:            Actually, it doesn’t sound too bad.

Todd:              How much time?

Denny:            That’s the thing. He says if I confess to everything, he can get me off with no time served and get my records erased.

Todd:              [shaking his head] Rookies, huh? How dumb does he think you are?

Denny:            Right? What do they say, “If it sounds too good to be true . . .”

Todd:              Then it is. You need to dump that guy and ask for someone else.

Denny:            That’s what I thought, but the more I talk to him, the better it sounds.

Todd:              Denny, listen to me. Nothing good can ever come out of confessing. That Joshua is feeding you a line. They want to put you away for a long time.

Denny:            That’s not what he says.

Todd:              And erasing your records? Nobody does that. That’s why it’s so hard for us to ever get a new start. Everybody knows what we’ve done. We have no choice but to end up back in here.

Denny:            But don’t you wish you could get a clean start?

Todd:              Doesn’t everybody? Guys like us don’t get chances like that. It’s never going to happen.

Denny:            But Joshua assured me that . . .

Todd:              [interrupting] Joshua nothing. That guys a pawn of the system, trying to impress his bosses and get a confession.

Denny:            I don’t know. He seems pretty sincere.

Todd:              Don’t they all? Now, let’s just get back to our game.

Denny:            What’s the worst that can happen?

Todd:              For a career crook like you – hard time.

Denny:            Even so, I’m tired of this life. I want something new.

Todd:              Join the club.

Denny:            I think I’m going to do it.

Todd:              Big mistake.

Denny:            I don’t know. I like my chances.

Todd:              Good luck my friend. You’re going to need it.

Denny:            [looking at the board, making one last move] Wait a minute. I think I just won. Is that check mate?

Todd:              What? How did you do that?

Denny:            Maybe it’s my lucky day.


*Optional segue

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)


Journey to the Cross

Lenten Worship Series – Week 2

Small Group Discussion Questions


Extraordinary things occur all around us, but we often fail to notice them. The miraculous and extraordinary become commonplace when we see them day after day.

  1. What is the most extraordinary sight you have ever seen?
  2. What amazing occurrences do you often overlook or take for granted?
  3. Why do we so easily overlook everyday miracles?

Read Luke 2:8-20. As you do, keep track of the ordinary and extraordinary occurrences mentioned in this text.

  1. What ordinary occurrences did the shepherds encounter?
  2. What extraordinary occurrences did the shepherds encounter?
  3. What occurrences might have seemed ordinary but, in reality, were extraordinary and even amazing?

“Christ the Savior is born” is news that is too good to keep to ourselves!

  1. What is it about the birth of Jesus that makes it news?
  2. What makes this news so good?
  3. In what ways have you shared the good news of Jesus with others? Which do you most enjoy? Why?

Read Luke 4:14-15. It describes the good news of Jesus’ birth spreading throughout the surrounding country.

  1. What was the primary form of communication in the time of Jesus?
  2. What are the primary forms of communication in our time?
  3. What are the new ways you would like to try using to communicate the good news about Jesus to others?

The good news of the salvation Jesus earned for us on his cross transforms every nook and cranny in life.

  1. Is there a particular part of your life in need of good news? If so (and if you are comfortable doing so), share that need with one or two other people in your group.
  2. How does Jesus’ journey to the cross speak to each specific hurt or struggle you just shared with one another?

Now, pray for one another. Ask the Lord’s guidance and help with the specific hurts and struggles you have mentioned. Ask that the miracle of God’s love for each of you in Christ would transform every part of your lives.




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