January 10, 2021 Worship

Baptism of the Lord

 

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We Gather      

 

CENTERING WORDS

And a voice came from heaven, You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.

Mark 1:11

 

PRELUDE  

 

WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

Ascribe to the Eternal the glory due to God’s name.

We bow down to the Holy One in the splendor of

holiness. Let us worship God!

 

OPENING HYMN  No. 805

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

 

(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on the verses below.)

 

Come Thou Fount of every blessing 

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; 

Streams of mercy, never ceasing, 

Call for songs of loudest praise 

Teach me some melodious sonnet, 

Sung by flaming tongues above. 

Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, 

Mount of God's unchanging love.

 

Here I raise my Ebenezer; 

Hither by Thy help I'm come; 

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, 

Safely to arrive at home. 

Jesus sought me when a stranger, 

Wandering from the fold of God; 

He, to rescue me from danger, 

Interposed His precious blood.

 

O to grace how great a debtor 

Daily I'm constrained to be! 

Let that grace now like a fetter, 

Bind my wandering heart to Thee. 

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 

Prone to leave the God I love; 

Here's my heart, O take and seal it, 

Seal it for Thy courts above.

 

CALL TO PRAYERS

Let us come to the feet of Christ, confessing our sin and our need.

 

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION & INTERCESSION

Unison:  O God of light, God of glory, you gave us the breath of life, you gave us your Spirit, and then you called us to be your people.  By baptism you adopted us as your children, to be a light to the nations, to be salt of the earth.  We have failed.  We have failed to live as you have made us to live.  We have put our desires and our selfish wants ahead of your command to love one another and to serve one another.  For all the sin that threatens to drown us, we beg your mercy and pray your pardon.

 

Silence

 

Leader:  We pray today for your benediction upon all who are particularly in need. We pray for those in our congregation and in our families who are sick, while we give you gratitude and thanks for the gift of your healing mercies. We pray also for those who are lonely, for those in distress, for those we love the most. 

 

We pray too, Lord God, for those who suffer injustice, those who feel they have little to hope in, for those who are heavily burdened by poverty, war, political oppression, the violence that lurks in the streets, the violence that too often hides in our homes and relationships. We pray for comfort, comfort for those who weep, comfort for those whose dawn is shrouded by the night’s grief.

 

As our national government struggles to meet the needs of the people for whom it works, we pray for our nation, for our President, for his family, for Congress, for all who lead in these difficult times. We pray for wisdom, mercy, peace, reconciliation, and vision, the grace to give, the humility to receive. We pray for eyes to see and ears to hear your still small voice speaking abundant abounding love into the whirlwind.

 

Silence

We pray this and all things through him who is the shepherd of every hope, companion to the lost and forsaken, window of your light and love which will never die, Jesus the Christ who taught us to pray 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. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US

As certain as the dawn follows the night, so is the promise of God’s forgiveness and love for us all.  Sisters and brothers, hear and believe the good news of God:

In Jesus Christ, WE ARE FORGIVEN!

 

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! May we too share God’s peace with one another.

Leader:  The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People:  And also with you.

 

We Reflect

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Living God, center us now that we may hear your word with open hearts, open minds, and open lives. And as we hear, O God, grant us the grace to believe. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Psalm 29: 1-11

 

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Mark 1:4-11

 

SERMON  One of Us

Rev. Dr. Nina Reeder

 

We Respond

 

OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING  

Invitation

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! May the love that we bring to the feet of our King bless the world God loves so much. Let us bring to the Lord our tithes and our gifts.

 

Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.

  

Musical Meditation 

 

Prayer of Dedication

We come before you, O God, with all that we have 

and all that we are. 

We bring you these gifts of our hearts as a symbol of our devotion and obedience. 

Receive what we bring and bless it through the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

 

We Are Sent 

 

CLOSING HYMN  No.697

Take My Life

(You are invited to meditate on the verses below.)

 

Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in endless praise.

Let them flow in endless praise. 

 

Take my will and make it Thine,

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart, it is Thine own,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

Ever, only, all for Thee.

 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE        


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