January 24, 2021 Worship
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
God is our rock and our salvation. Whom shall we fear?
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
For God alone our souls wait in silence.
In God alone do our spirits find peace.
For God alone is our rock and our salvation.
In God alone does our faith remain unshaken.
Pour out your hearts before God.
For God is our refuge and our strength.
Put your trust in God.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
OPENING HYMN No. 299
You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on the verses below.)
You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad Christ’s wonderful name.
The name all victorious of Jesus extol,
whose kingdom is glorious, who rules over all.
Then let us adore and give him his right:
all glory and power, all wisdom and might,
all honor and blessing, with angels above,
and thanks never ceasing, and infinite love!
CALL TO PRAYERS
Now is the appointed time. Pour out your hearts to God, bringing those harmful words you spoke, the chances to help you on which you turned your back, and the foolish choices of your lives. Offer them to the One who longs to hear us, trusting that God will forgive us.
PRAYERS OF APPROACH & CONFESSION
Mighty God, the words of your Son echo in our ears: “The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
How we long to set aside the advice of others and put our trust firmly in you. How we yearn for the faithfulness of James and John, who immediately left their boats to follow Jesus.
We know our fearful hearts, O God. We know how far we are from being able to trust a complete stranger — especially with our very lives.
We hope to one day have their devotion, even as we cannot find the nerve to leave familiar paths behind. Renew us, Holy One, and bless us with your steadfast love, that we might truly live as people who have seen your kingdom draw near.
Teach us anew, rock of our salvation, how your kingdom has come near.
As you called Simon and Andrew long ago, call us to be your disciples this day, that we might find refuge and strength as we face the destructive forces of our lives.
Grant us the strength to wait for you in silence, that we might meet you in the subterranean chambers of our souls.
For in you we rest secure, in you we abide in holy love. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
Just as God forgave the people of Nineveh when they repented and turned from their ways, so God will forgive us also, when we turn to walk in the paths of life. Pour out your hearts before God, our refuge and our strength. Pour out your hearts and find peace.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
With joy that comes with waiting silently for God, let us share signs of holy peace this day. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Let us hear the word of God as those for whom the kingdom has drawn near. Let us heed the word of God as those for whom light has dawned. Let us live the word of God as those for whom the ways of God are deeply lived.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord in your mercy/in thanksgiving,
Hear our prayer.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING
The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Let us respond to all the Lord has done for us with the fruits of our lives and our labors.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.
Prayer of Dedication
God of abundance, you teach us the dangers of setting our hearts on earthly riches. May these offerings be symbols of our faith in your bounty, and of our commitment to follow your call in our lives, wherever you may lead. Amen.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN No. 28
You Are Before Me, Lord
(You are invited to meditate on the verses below.)
You are before me, Lord, you are behind,
and over me you have spread out your hand;
such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too high to grasp, too great to understand.
Search me, O God; search me and know my heart;
try me, O God; my mind and spirit try;
keep me from any path that gives you pain,
and lead me in the everlasting way.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.