Third Sunday after Epiphany
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”
― Oprah Winfrey
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “Procul recedant” Sarum
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit “Jesus, Blest Redeemer” Cleland McAfee
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us who wait before you near to the heart of God.
† Call to Worship
Jesus calls us all to follow,
and to join him every day
In his work of healing, deliverance, and restoration,
In our worship, may we find the strength to join him!
† Hymn “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” No. 344
Lord, you have come to the lakeshore
looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones;
you only asked me to follow humbly.
Refrain: O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me,
and while smiling have spoken my name;
now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me;
by your side I will seek other seas.
You know so well my possessions;
my boat carries no gold or no weapons;
you will find there my nets and labor. Refrain
You need my hands, full of caring
through my labors to give others rest,
and constant love that keeps on loving. Refrain
You, who have fished other oceans,
ever longed for by souls who are waiting,
my loving friend, as thus you call me. Refrain
† Morning Prayer (unison)
God of salvation, it is a privilege to worship you! You are the fount of goodness, truth, and beauty. You love all you have made. In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we ask you to empower our brothers and sisters in Christ to share your good news in meaningful ways. Give all people of faith the joy of the psalmist, that we may bring our offerings to you with hearty songs of praise. We pray through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen. (Psalm 27)
To Hear the Word
† The Psalter Psalm 27:1-10 (sung resp.) No. 758 Ken Delaney is our Liturgist
Sung response: For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh my adversaries and foes shall stumble and fall.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in the Lord’s temple.
The Lord will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; will conceal me under the cover of his tent; and will set me high on a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will offer sacrifices in the Lord’s tent with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart saids, “seek the Lord’s face!” Your face, O Lord, do I seek.
Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, for you have been my help.
Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother should forsake me, the Lord would take me up.
Anthem “You Are The Christ” Lloyd Larson
You said “Come, follow!” and I quickly came;
It seemed so compelling when You called my name.
Now I’ve seen wonders I don’t understand.
Teacher, I know You are more than a man.
Can it be true? Can it be real?
I can’t explain, but before You I kneel:
You are the Christ.
You are the One sent from heaven; You are God’s Son.
I’ve seen the lame walk, the blind gain their sight.
You speak with the power that pierces the night.
I walked on the water when You called to me:
Are You the One I believe You to be?
I know from the steps of faith together we have trod
That You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
From the Gospel John 1:29-42
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
Sermon “Called. To what?” Rev. Travis Knoll
Matthew 4:12-23: Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “Lift High the Cross” No. 159
Refrain: Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred Name.
Come, Christians, follow this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in unity combine. Refrain
Each newborn servant of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of him who died. Refrain
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee. Refrain
So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory! Refrain
† A Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church No. 884
We believe in the one God,
creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations,
the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
God manifest in the flesh,
our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins,
in the life of love and prayer,
and in grace equal to every need.
We believe in the Word of God
contained in the Old and New Testaments
as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.
We believe in the church,
those who are united in the living Lord
for the purpose of worship and service.
We believe in the reign of God
as the divine will realized in human society,
and in the family of God,
where we are all brothers and sisters.
We believe in the final triumph of righteousness
and in the life everlasting. Amen.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory “None Other Lamb” Joseph Roff
None other Lamb, none other Name, None other hope in Heaven or earth or sea,
None other hiding place from guilt and shame, None beside Thee!
My faith burns low, my hope burns low; Only my heart’s desire cries out in me
By the deep thunder of its want and woe, Cries out to Thee.
Lord, Thou art Life, though I be dead; Love’s fire Thou art, however cold I be:
Nor Heaven have I, nor place to lay my head, Nor home, but Thee.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99
To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn “Jesus Calls Us” No. 398
Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea;
day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”
As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake,
turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store,
from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more!”
In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these!”
Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.
† Dismissal with Blessing
May we, as we hear his invitation, rise to follow Jesus.
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “Amen” Anon
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Finale in F” Thompson