The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Mill Plain UMC

February 18,2024

10 a.m.

Praise Song                                    A New Hallelujah


Call to Worship

Worship Assistant: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

People:  And also with you

Worship Assistant:  Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People:  God’s mercy endures forever

Opening Prayer

O God, maker of everything and judge of all that you have made, from the dust of the earth you have formed us and from the dust of death you would raise us up. 

Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, so that we may remember that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Reprinted from the United Methodist Hymnal and The United Methodist Book of Worship, copyright 1989 and 1992, by permission of The United Methodist Publishing House.)

Imposition of Ashes

Pastor:  Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

People:  Amen.

Praise Songs                                  Lord I Lift Your Name on High


Young Disciples Moment

Choir                                      Lenten Meditation   One License 36898

Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Presentation of Offerings



I Samuel 3:1-18

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So, he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore, Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So, Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore, I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.” Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

Mark 1:12-13

And the Spirit immediately drove him 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.

Hymn                                     Come and Find the Quiet Center #2128

Sermon                                 The Sound of Silence

Silence Mediation              3 Minute Countdown


In the stillness we wait for you, O God.

In the silence we listen for you.

In the quiet we know you are here.  Amen.

Hymn                                     Be Still, My Soul #534


Go forth this week to embrace silence. And the blessings of God, the love of Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit be with you.  Amen.