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Worship Service, Sunday, February 21, 2021

First Sunday in Lent



Order of Worship





PRELUDE  “Adiago in G Minor”   Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)      Diane Plouffe, violin 1 & 2

Greetings and welcome to the OCC. Thanks for joining us for our Sunday morning worship meditations. This week we have entered the season of Lent. Our theme? Out in the desert amongst the Wild Things.

HYMN     When I Survey This Wondrous Cross

Mark 9:12-13 “Jesus in the Wilderness”
And the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

MESSAGE “Where the Wild Things are with Jesus”
Hey Everyone, PK here.
Today we are talking about Jesus with the Wild Animals.
To be in the wild means you’re in a place without restraint.
Anything could happen! It could, as they say, get wild!
The Spirit drives Jesus out into the desert to be with the wild beasts.
Forty Days go by and Jesus learns a lot of lessons out there where the Wild Things are.
Acting up, running away, trying to be the ruler, are the stuff of fear, anger, and wild behavior.
Who did Jesus meet out there in the Israeli Desert?
Bears and Lions that roar and teach you to stay safe in the rocks.
Deer and Antelopes that frolic amongst the hills and trees.
The beautiful Gazelles that bring grace and beauty and represent speed and swift action.
The Wild Boar which are the most obnoxious animal, lumbering with a most grumpy temper.
The Wild Snakes such as the Vipers and Black Adders teach you to watch out under foot.
What about the maniacal cackling of the Jackals howling into the night darkness?
What about the Wild Cats like the Cheetah and the Leopard with their cunning, strength and power?
And in the bushes and skies the Wild Birds.
The Cactus Wren, the Lucifer Hummingbird, The Greater Roadrunner, The Sandgrouse, and the Quail.
Some say there could have been an Ostrich. Wow. An Ostrich egg is like a three pound breakfast!
Watch out! What of the Eagles and Bearded Vultures? The Rock Rabbits will show you how to hide.
And of course don’t leave out the Sand Cat whose Tiger Cat fur and cozy dens teach you to sleep all day.
So what did Jesus learn out there in the desert where the wild things are?
Did he learn to be the King of the Wild Things?
Or did he learn how to deal with the Wild Things and the Wildness inside of you and me?
We are mammals you know! And sometimes we get angry and act up and act out.
The Wild Things teach us how to be at home when we are away from home.
The Wild Beasts may have taught Jesus how to see the signs of danger and take shelter.
The Wild Beasts showed Jesus how to find food and water, and how to live, thrive and survive!
Now Jesus was ready to return home to a warm bowl of millet meal and milk. Yum.
Jesus learned to be good with people who are afraid, are angry, and act up. He was one Cool Cat! Amen.

Let us pray.
Dear God, thank you for all the animals of the world.
We are so grateful that Noah built the ark and that all the animals came in two by two.
It was so fun the day they all got to run out of the Ark and back into the wilderness where they live.
Thank you for the ways animals teach us how to live.
Thank you for the animals that live with us and give us great company, wonder, and delight.
We pray for all the animals of the land, sea and sky. Let them run, swim, and fly!
We pray for all the people of the world too.
Sometimes people get angry and upset. Sometimes they act up and behave badly.
Help us to handle bullies, O Lord. Help us to be steady and strong when things get wild.
With you to help us, we do not have to be afraid.
With you to teach us, we can be kind in the face of danger.
With you to protect us, we can be safe from all harm, and do the right thing.
Thank you God for making us, loving us, and caring for us every day!
And we may pray the Lord’s Prayer saying…

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

May you run with the deer and sing with the birds and get a good day’s nap with the cats! Amen.

POSTLUDE   “Troubles, Trials, Tribulations”    American Folk Song   Eliana Cetto, soloist