Second Sunday in Lent

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days”


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

C: Amen.

P: O King, enthroned on high, you fill the earth with your glory.

C: Holy is your name, Lord God Almighty!

P: In our sinfulness we cry to you to take our guilt away,

C: and to cleanse our lips to speak your word, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

P: We have failed to reflect your holiness; our whole society is Fallen and turned inward on itself.

C: God, our loving Father, we are sorry for the times we have used your gifts carelessly, and acted ungratefully. We enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but sometimes we forget that you are the source of all good things.

P: We are a people who are full and satisfied.

C: We store up goods for ourselves alone, as if there were no God and no heaven, and we ignore the cry of the hungry near our very gates.

P: We have seen the ill-treatment of others, and have done little to aid them, or change the course of their lives.

C: We have remained silent in the face of dishonesty, injustice, exploitation, and greed. Fear and self-interest have crippled our hearts.

P: We have not loved you with our whole hearts;

C: We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

P: We have sinned against you, and your Kingdom.

C: Have mercy on us and bring us back to yourself, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

P: God our maker and redeemer, this is your world and we are your people.

C: Come among us and save us.

P: The God of all healing, grace, and mercy has cleansed you from your sins and drawn you close to his heart. May you behold the glory of his Son + and follow in his steps.

C: Amen!


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:You called our spiritual father, Abraham, to leave his homeland and to journey to a land you would show him.

C: By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called, not knowing where he was going.

M:By faith he stayed in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents,

C: As did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. (Heb 11:8-10)

M:You bid us to come and follow you, Lord Jesus.

C: Foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Matt. 8:20)

M:You call us to deny our casual wants and take up a cross and follow you.(Luke 9:23)

C: Anyone who seeks to save his life will lose it, but anyone who loses his life in service of you will save it forever.  (Luke 9:24)

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Heavenly Father, it is your glory always to have mercy.  Bring back all who have erred and strayed from your ways; lead them again to embrace in faith the truth of your Word and to hold it fast; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Genesis 12:1-4a

The blessing of God upon Abram

The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

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

PSALM: Psalm 121

D: I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
C: My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
D: The Lord will not let your foot be moved nor will the one who watches over you fall asleep.
C: Behold, the keeper of Israel will neither slumber nor sleep;
D: the Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
C: the sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
D: The Lord will preserve you from all evil and will keep your life.
C: The Lord will watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth   for-evermore.

SECOND READING: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness… For the 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. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For 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, as 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.

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

GOSPEL: John 3:1-17

The mission of Christ: to save the world

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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



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 – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”


L: Holy God, you have redeemed us through the death and resurrection of Christ. Inspire us to proclaim with the apostles that we have seen the Lord. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Creator God, you formed the world and called it good. Bless the earth, its creatures, and its vegetation. Guide us to be good stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Righteous God, you promise justice for all and peace in the nations. Raise up advocates and just rulers to guide all levels of government so that no one lives in fear. Protect those who live in war-torn and violent areas (especially).  Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Compassionate God, you hear the cries of those in need. Befriend the lonely, nourish the hungry, raise up the lowly, grant rest for the busy, pardon the imprisoned, comfort the bereaved, and heal the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Reconciling God, you perform wonders in our midst. By your Holy Spirit grant every good gift to the baptized, so that all may be united with Christ in his resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;

C: and though I am poor, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;

C: and though I am weak, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given peace for the coming day;

C: and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always kept me safe in trials;

C: and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;

C: and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;

C: and though the night is here, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;

C: and though you be silent now, today I believe.

PEACE (please stand)

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

C: And also with you.


M: Merciful Father,

C: we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen




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: God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever.  Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your son Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

C: Amen.

P: Great is the majesty of your glory, Father. You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.

C: We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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 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: As often as we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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

P: We give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we ought, but as we are able.

C: Mercifully accept our praise and thanksgiving, and bless us, your servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace. Amen.

P: We pray as Jesus taught us:


C: 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; 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.          (sit)

**Today is Quincy Stebbins First Communion**


One bread, one body, WOV 710

“I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus”


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.



“Guide Me Ever Great Redeemer”


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 8, 2020          The Second 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: Matt Wiltse and John Schultz

Altar: Glenda Hall                        Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today                     after service                  Congregational Luncheon

Wednesday           6 PM                               Mid-week Soup and Sandwich

                                7 PM                               Mid-week Lenten Service                  

Thursday               9 AM                              Quilting

                                6 PM                               Church Council


March 10 – Bob Salmonson

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

Church Office I will be out of the office Wednesday of this week through Tuesday of the next week.  Carolynne

“One Night” Fundraiser to benefit the Genesis House

Instead of giving up something that doesn’t benefit anyone, to celebrate the season of Lent, we at St. John’s have decided to give something someone else can use, the $100 that will make a huge difference for a homeless family.  For little more than a dollar a day during the Lenten season, you will provide all of these services for an entire family that lives in our area!  If you can offer this important gift, please provide an address where we can send a thank you card and your cash or check can be made out to Genesis House of Olean, Inc. Chris Hackett will be taking donations from now to Easter Sunday.  Those at Genesis House sincerely Thank You!

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.

Rebuilding Together  There are applications for Rebuilding Together in the narthex on the table.  If you know of someone that needs help or you yourself need some help, consider having Rebuilding Together helping.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia Workshop  There is information on the bulletin boards in the narthex and also by the back stairs.  There will be a workshop on Tuesday of this week.

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 8 – Genesis 12:1-3 and Psalm 45

Monday, March 9 – Genesis 12:4-6 and Psalm 25:1-15

Tuesday, March 10 – Genesis 12:7-9 and Psalm 27

Wednesday, March 11 – Romans 4:1-2 and Psalm 25:16-22

Thursday, March 12 – Romans 4:13-17 and Psalm 17:8-15

Friday, March 13 – John 3:1-15 and Psalm 4

Saturday, March 14 – John 3:16-18 and Psalm 61

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