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2nd Sunday of Lent

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

February 25, 2024

9 a.m.

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Confession & Forgiveness

Opening Song    "The Way"                                 





Prayer of the Day 

Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

1When 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. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I 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.” 15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I 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.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 22:23-31 (read responsively)

23You who fear the Lord, give praise! All you of Jacob’s line, give glory. Stand in awe of the Lord, all you offspring of Israel.

    24For the Lord does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither is the Lord’s face hidden from

    them; but when they cry out, the Lord hears them.
25From you comes my praise in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in the sight of those who fear the Lord.
26The poor shall eat and be satisfied, Let those who seek the Lord give praise! May your hearts live forever! 
27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; all the families of nations shall bow before God.
28For dominion belongs to the Lord, who rules over the nations.
29Indeed, all who sleep in the earth shall bow down in worship; all who go down to the dust, though they be dead, shall kneel before the Lord.
30Their descendants shall serve the Lord, whom they shall proclaim to generations to come.
31They shall proclaim God’s deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying to them, “The Lord has acted!” 

Reading – Romans 4:13-25

13The 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. 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. 16For 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, 17as 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. 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” 19He 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. 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 23Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.  The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Children's Message

Gospel Acclamation    "We Are Turning, Lord, to Hear You"    ELW p. 205

Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

The Gospel according to Mark the 8th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

31[Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day       “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”                                                                                                        

Apostles' Creed


Prayers of Intercession     


Offering & Special Music   "Ah, Holy Jesus"     Retreat Bell Choir

Offertory Hymn    "Create in Me a Clean Heart"  ELW 186   

Offering Prayer


Great Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Lord's Prayer (Spoken)

Distribution of Communion 

Communion Hymns     "Revelation Song"   

                                       "O God, You Search Me"   ACS 1082

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer    


Song          "How Firm a Foundation"          ELW 796



Adapted From Sundays and SAS014958 Copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. 


Weekly Calendar:

Sunday, Feb 259 a.m. Worship (Contemporary & Livestreamed); 10 a.m. 5:11's Women's Group (Fellowship Hall), Coffee Cart (Narthex), S.S. (Begins in Sanctuary), Sr. High Mission Trip Youth (Sanctuary or outside); 11 a.m. Worship (Traditional); 12 p.m. Council Meeting (Spirit Center)

Tuesday, Feb 27—10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Narthex); 6:30 p.m. Card Ministry (Spirit Center)

Wednesday Feb 28—1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Spirit Center); 6 p.m. Soup Supper (Fellowship Hall); 7 p.m. Lenten Worship (Sanctuary)

Sunday, March 3—9 a.m. Worship (Contemporary & Livestreamed); 10 a.m. Coffee Cart (Narthex), S.S. (Begins in Sanctuary); 11 a.m. Worship (Traditional)

Schedule For The Remainder Of Lent:

  • Weekly Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

  • Wednesday, February 28th: 6 p.m. – Meal, 7 p.m. – Worship

  •  Wednesday, March 6th: 6 p.m. – Meal, 7 p.m. – Worship 

  • Wednesday, March 13th: 6 p.m. – Meal, 7 p.m. – Worship

  • Wednesday, March 20th: 6 p.m. – Meal, 7 p.m. – Worship

  • Thursday, March 28th – 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship

  •  Friday, March 29th – Noon & 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship

*Members of the National Youth Gathering Trip will be setting up and cleaning up the meal each week. The free-will offering from each meal is designated toward off-setting the cost of their July trip to New Orleans.

*All midweek services are livestreamed. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are livestreamed at 7 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE! VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2024 JULY 28 – AUGUST 1: Watch for more details and registration information. Help Wanted: Station Leaders: to lead stations during VBS. Camp Leaders: travel with children to VBS stations. Other opportunities to serve will be announced later. If interested in learning more, Please contact Suzi Hinrichs or Pastor Lisa or

Summer Camps: Our North Carolina Synod Outdoor Ministries are registering for their summer camps! Check out what each camp has to offer this summer through their links:

· Summer Camp - Agape Kure Beach (

· Lutheran Summer Camps | Lutheridge In North Carolina (

· Lutheran Summer Camps | Lutherock In North Carolina (

Have you joined CIC's new online photo directory yet?   The directory is through a program called Church Center, which is also an app. 

Follow the QR code to get started.  If you need assistance, there is tech support in the narthex between services.   

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Narthex.

Preschool Openings: The CIC Preschool currently has openings for 3 students in the PK class and 2 students in the TK class (age 5). Contact Sharon Fuller at 704-892-1020 ext 104 or for more details and to schedule a tour!

Preschool Registration for 2024/2025 begins on January 29th for currently enrolled students, siblings and church members. The remaining

spots become open to the public on February 5th. Please call or email Sharon Fuller for more details or refer to our website for an

online registration form. Or click on the QR code

Preschool Registration for Summer Camp is now open: Sessions are June 3-6, June 24-27, July 15-18, August 5-8. All camps run from

9:05 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call or email Sharon Fuller for more details or refer to our website for an online registration form. Or click on the QR code

Sunday School: Feb. 25th – 10 a.m. – Youth begin in the sanctuary with music before transitioning to classrooms.

All women of CIC are welcome to The 5:11s.  Based upon 1st Thessalonians 5:11, we are a women’s group that “encourages one another and builds one another up, just as you are doing.”  We meet on the third Sunday of the month between services to discuss ways we can continue to encourage and build each other up and support our church. Contact Jill Brooks ( with any questions. Our next meeting will be Feb. 25th in the Fellowship Hall between services. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: We meet in the CIC Parlor on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for some fellowship, idea-sharing, and fun! Questions? Contact Kathy Dutton at Of course, you can also participate in this important ministry at home by crafting items, and bringing them to CIC.

Card Ministry: We will meet, Tuesday, February 27th, at 6:30 p.m. . in the Spirit Center. Participants are asked to enter through the doors nearest the Spirit Center.  Need more information? Contact: Kathy Shugarman at or 940-300-2290.

Card Ministry teams up with CIC Youth: During January and February all proceeds from sales of cards on card rack in the narthex will be going to the youth for their upcoming trip to the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans this summer. Please check out the card rack and see some of the cards the youth have helped to make!

Quilting Ministry: We will meet on Thursday, February 22nd, at 10 a.m. in Classroom #1.  Questions? Contact Barbara Eaker at 704-483-2060.

Calling all softball players!!!  It is that time of the year. We are looking for (and need) both male and female players - Must be 16 or older. We have had some retirements this year and are looking for some replacements. Please see Paul Miller ( or Pastor Michael/Pastor Lisa if you are interested. We will be having a "practice" shortly (loosening up/stretching!!!!). Look for a notice coming out soon. Our first game is March 10th (weather permitting). Please let one of us know as soon as possible.  

Next Men's Group Meeting - March 14th at Ron Gomilla's House at 7 p.m. If you need the address, see Ron or Paul Miller. 

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