First Sunday in Lent

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“Arise, Your Light Has Come” #652 WOV


P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our failings, you are faithful and just to forgive us, and to lead us in the ways of Jesus. We pray, Merciful God…

C: We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have failed to reflect you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you as we should; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

P: When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us + our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross, and rising to new life. Rejoice in this good news!

C: Amen.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:What does scripture say the Lord requires of us?

C: To be just, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.                        (Micah 6:8)

M:Isaiah tells us this is the fast God desires of us:

C: To loose the bonds of oppression; undo the heavy burdens; free the oppressed; and to break every yoke;

M: We should share our bread with the hungry; provide shelter for those who are cast down; clothe the naked; and not hide ourselves from our own flesh and blood.

C: Then our light will break forth as the morning; healing shall abound; and our righteousness will go before us; and the glory of the Lord shall guard us.

M:Then we will call; and the Lord will answer. We shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

C: We will be like a well-watered garden, whose springs never fail. (Isa 58:6-12)

M:   Let us pray. . . .

C: O Lord God, you led your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land.  Guide now the people of your Church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 32

D: Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!
C: Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, and in whose spirit there is no guile!
D: While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning all day long.
C: For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; I was dried up as in the heat of summer.
D: Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
C: Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
D: You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
C: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
D: Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”
C: Great are the tribulations of the wicked; but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
D: Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

SECOND READING: Romans 5:12-19

Death came through one; life comes through one.

Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

Please Stand

GOSPEL: Matthew 4:1-11

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,  ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                         C: Praise to you, O Christ.


Caritas, Castitas,

Temperantia, Industria, Patientia, Humanitas, Humilitas

CREED (stand)

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We 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

SONG – “How Good, Lord, to Be Here”   #89


L: Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need. For the church, visible and invisible; for all servants of the gospel; and for the holy people of God, that we hear your word, share your supper, and build your Kingdom, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For favorable weather; for calm waters and seas; and for all creation, that it become for us a reflection of God’s glory. For those affected by natural disasters, that they be provided relief, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who help make our communities safe: police officers and firefighters, military and international peacekeepers, local and national leaders, that God’s peace and compassion come also to us, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, those living with chronic illnesses, and those caring for them, for those awaiting the birth of children, those grieving a loss, people struggling with depression, and all people in need (especially…), that Christ, our great physician, care for all who are in distress, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who are distracted by overwork, and those who seek more adequate employment, that we recognize God’s goodness in vocations of all kinds, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

PEACE  (please stand)

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

C: And also with you.


M: Blessed are you,O Lord God…

C: …maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with all good things. We pause to give back to you a portion of your abundance to us. We offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  (sit)

OFFERING (stand)

Offertory                      We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.


P: The Lord be with you.                                     C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C: It is right to give him thanks & praise.


P: And now we give you thanks as we enter this season of preparation for the paschal feast; send us your grace that we might keep that celebration with our minds and hearts renewed. Give us a spirit of loving reverence for you, and of willing service to our neighbor. As we recall the saving acts that give new life in Christ, bring the image of your Son to perfection within our hearts. We bless you for your mercy and join with saints and angels forever praising you and singing…

(WOV 619a)

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power, God of might: 

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.


P: Gracious Father your mercy is endless. You fill all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

C: Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations, and you renewed your promise through the prophets; at this end of the ages, you sent your Son, who proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat; this is my body + given for you.

P: After supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all of them to drink, saying: this cup is the new covenant in my blood + shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

P: Whenever we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.   

P: Send your Holy Spirit, the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection, that we who receive this meal may be empowered to live for your glory.

C: Amen. Come Holy Spirit.

P: We join together as the people of God, singing the prayer Jesus taught us:

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 pow’r,

and the glory are yours now and forever. (sit)

**Today is Galvin Nugent’s First Communion**


We Come to the Hungry Feast  WOV 766

“Earth and All Stars”  #438


P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: Amen.


P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen.



“Be Thou My Vision”  #776 WOV


P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength! (Hab 3:19)

M: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer


St. John’s Announcements  March 1, 2020             The First Sunday in Lent

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary,

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director,,


Serving Today

Deacons: Jim Schultz and Frann Wilson

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today                          after service – Coffee fellowship

Wednesday                 6 PM     Mid-week Soup and Sandwich

                                    7 PM    Mid-week Lenten Service                              

Thursday                     9 AM     Quilting


March 1 – Tom Hall

               3 – Nora Wolf

               6 – Rodney Stebbins

Monthly Congregational Luncheon  Next week is our monthly luncheon.  Please consider coming and if you can please bring a dish to pass.

Congregational Directory  I have placed 2 copies of the directory for you to look at in the narthex on the back table.  Please look it over to see if there are any mistakes or if I have left anyone out that you know of.  Feel free to mark these up and I will make corrections and additions.

Mid-Week Dinners  We are looking for people willing to be in charge of the mid-week dinners.  I have a sheet down in the basement for the mid-week dinners along with the regular monthly dinners.  If you are interested please sign-up.  Also if you have an idea what you might be bringing please write that on the list also.

Mid-week Lenten Services  There will be a soup and sandwich dinner before the service at 6 PM and service at 7 PM.  Please join us for these meaningful services.

Introductory or Member classes If you have any interest in an introductory or member class please let Pastor Cheek or Carolynne leFeber know.  It would be a short I day, couple hour class. 

Monthly Congregational Luncheons If you would like to host one of our monthly luncheons please put your name on the sheet in the basement by the kitchen.  We are also asking you to sign up if you will be bring an item to help out the host.  This just lets us know how many meats, vegs, fruits and desserts will be here. You don’t have to say exactly what you have in mind it’s just for information.  Also please feel free to come even if you can’t bring something with you.

Chairs  Chairs were donated to the church and we have an overabundance of them.  If you or anyone you know has a need for them please feel free to take them.  They were chairs that were in the Old Library before the newest renovation. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex. More info is in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Patrick Walsh – Ray and Vicky McKinneys grandson

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                                      Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew                     Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson


Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece                         Beth Wiltse

Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                         Donald Hood  

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                              Ray Limerick              

Brent Limerick                                                                                    Bette Finger

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston        Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                       Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law                  John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Beth Mattern                                                                          Nick and Catherine Heary                             

John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray                                       Jaidin Page                                         

Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew                            Ann Pierce                                          

Charlotte and Gene Preston                                                   Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother      


Bob Salmonson                       Jerry Spring                 Ted Boser

George Schreiber                    Sandy Watt                  Merle Schultz             

Daily Devotions

Sunday, March 1 – Genesis 3:1-3 and Psalm 33:1-9

Monday, March 2 – Genesis 3:4-7 and Psalm 33:10-17

Tuesday, March 3 – Genesis 3:8-13 and Psalm 32:1-4

Wednesday, March 4 – Genesis 3:16-21 and Psalm 39

Thursday, March 5 – Romans 5:12-19 and Psalm 32:5-11

Friday, March 6 – Matthew 4:1-4 and Psalm 57:1-4

Saturday, March 7 – Matthew 4:8-11 and Psalm 26

Baptismal Birthdays             


Merle Schultz              March 4

Joseph Schultz             March 8

Bonnie Harrier            March 13

Dave Wiltse                 March 22

Frann Wilson               March 25

Terry Wiltse                March 25

Bob Salmonson           March 27

Fran Hill                      March 29