2nd Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2024

 8:00 a.m. Contemplative Communion 

 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel and on Facebook Live

Gospel Sunday Service

Ken’s music selection for this week:

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2nd Sunday in Lent

February 25, 2024 – 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel and on Facebook Live

Gospel Sunday

We honor the Kumeyaay Nation, on whose ancestral lands we have made our home.

In the interactive part of the liturgy, the leader’s part is in regular text. The people’s response is in bold. All people are welcome to sing along with the songs where the lyrics are printed.

Holy Communion will be part of this service. Here at Gethsemane we practice open communion, meaning all who believe in the power of Jesus Christ to bring salvation are welcome to join in. In our Lutheran understanding, both sacraments—Baptism and Holy Communion—are best conducted among the gathered assembly. If you are present on this live-stream, you are present in our assembly. The body of Christ is not limited by place or time, so even if you are on the replay of this service, you are part of our assembly. Any bread and any wine or grape juice will do. If you are celebrating as a family or group, please feel free to break the bread into the right number of portions or have a separate piece for each person. Same with the cup. You may have one cup for all or each member gathered uses a separate cup. We believe the Christ is fully present in both Word and Sacrament, in both the bread and the wine/grape juice so if you only have one or the other, or even if you refrain from communion, you are not missing out on the grace of God. We understand both the Word and Sacraments as the means of grace. Remember it is not the type of bread or wine, nor is it the quantity, but it is your faith in taking the elements that is the window for the Holy Spirit to enter your life.


“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”             ELW #324 vss 1, 2, 4


1    In the cross of Christ I glory,

      tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time.

      All the light of sacred story

      gathers round its head sublime.

2    When the woes of life o’ertake me,

      hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

      never shall the cross forsake me;

      lo, it glows with peace and joy.

4    Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,

      by the cross are sanctified;

      peace is there that knows no measure,

      joys that through all time abide.

Text: John Bowring, 1792-1872


“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”            ELW #325


1    I want Jesus to walk with me;

      I want Jesus to walk with me;

      all along my pilgrim journey,

      Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

2    In my trials, Lord, walk with me;

      in my trials, Lord, walk with me;

      when my heart is almost breaking,

      Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

3    When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;

      when I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;

      when my head is bowed in sorrow,

      Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Text: African American spiritual

Theme Prayer


Choir Anthem                                                                      “He Gives Us More Grace”


God in Action


“Surely God Is My Salvation”                ACS #926

1    Surely God is my salvation,

      I will trust and shall not fear.

      God the Lord is strong and mighty,

      my salvation true.


      Shout aloud and sing for joy, O daughter Zion!

      Great in your midst is the Lord, the Holy One!

      Shout aloud and sing for joy, O daughter Zion!

      Great in your midst is the Lord, the Holy One!

2    Thus with joy you shall draw water

      from salvation’s wells and springs.

      Sing your thanks to God Almighty

      for these wondrous deeds.  Refrain

3    Tell the nations of God’s glory,

      make this known in all the earth.

      Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

      call upon God’s name.  Refrain

Text: Zebulon M. Highben, b. 1979, based on Isaiah 12:2-6

Text © 2009 Augsburg Fortress


Children’s Message


Message with Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-19                                Pastor Karla

“We’ve Come This Far by Faith”                       ELW #633


Refrain – All

      We’ve come this far by faith,

      leaning on the Lord;

      trusting in his holy word,

      he’s never failed us yet.

      Oh, can’t turn around,

      we’ve come this far by faith.

      We’ve come this far by faith.


1    Just remember

      the good things God has done,

      things that seemed impossible;

      oh, praise him for the vict’ries he has won.

      Oh!  Refrain


2    Don’t be discouraged

      with trouble in your life;

      he’ll bear your burdens,

      and move all the discord and strife.

      Oh!  Refrain

Text: Albert A. Goodson, 1883-1947

Text © 1965, ren. 1993 by Manna Music, Inc., 35255 Brooten Road, Pacific City, OR 97135. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. (ASCAP)


Prayers of the People

Sung response:                    “Restore in Us, O God”                ELW #328 vs 1


1    Restore in us, O God,

      the splendor of your love;

      renew your image in our hearts,

      and all our sins remove.

Text: Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944

Text © 1989 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Offering our Gifts for the Mission and Ministry of God’s Church

            The Word has been spoken.  Now, may it stir in our hearts.


All: In the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread and gave thanks; broke it, (Break the Bread if appropriate) and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. 

One: And now, join me in praying as our Lord Jesus taught us…

All: 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. 





Post Communion Blessing


Community Announcements




“Abide with Me”                 ELW #629

1    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.

      The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.

      When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

      help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

2    Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;

change and decay in all around I see;

O thou who changest not, abide with me.

3    I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour;

      what but thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

      Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?

      Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.

4    I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;

      ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.

      Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

      I triumph still, if thou abide with me!

5    Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes,

      shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;

      heav’n’s morning breaks,

      and earth’s vain shadows flee;

      in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Text: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847



Jesus is the bread of life!               Jesus is the bread of life, indeed!

So go in peace                                 To explore the Faith

Live in peace                                    To express our faith to others

Share the peace                              By inviting others to join us on this journey.




Reading synopsis and cover art from Sundays and Seasons. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Please visit our Web site at www.augsburgfortress.org. All music is used with permission under CCLI #3225965.

First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-19

As with Noah, God makes an everlasting covenant with Abram and Sarai. God promises this elderly couple that they will be the ancestors of nations, though they have no child together. God will miraculously bring forth new life and give them a new identity.


Second Reading: Romans 4:13-25

Paul presents Abraham as the example for how a person comes into a right relationship with God not through works of the law but through faith. Though Abraham and Sarah were far too old for bearing children, God was faithful and would accomplish what God had promised to accomplish.


Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

After Peter confesses his belief that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples for the first time what is to come. Peter’s response indicates that he does not yet understand the way of the cross that Jesus will travel.