Sunday, January 21, 2018

Third Sunday After the Epiphany

Worship Service – 11:00 AM

The capital of heaven is the heart in which Jesus is enthroned as King.

– Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929) Indian Christian and mystic who converted from Sikhism

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Adveniat (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit – Christ, We Do All Adore Thee (Dubois)                                                  Choir

Christ, we do all adore Thee, and we do praise Thee forever
for on the holy cross hast Thou the world from sin redeemed.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind ( verses 1-3) Hymnal 358

1. Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways; reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find, in deeper reverence, praise.

2. In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian sea, the gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word, rise up and follow thee.

3. O sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above, where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity, interpreted by love!

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

F
or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (verses 4-5) Hymnal 358

4. Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.

5. Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm.

* Call to Celebration – Psalm 95 (Without sung response) Hymnal 814-815

L: (1)     O come, let us sing to the Lord;

ALL:     Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

L: (2)     Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving;

ALL:     Let us make a joyful noise with songs of praise!

L: (3)     For the Lord is a great God

L:     And a great Ruler above all gods,

L: (4)     In whose hands are the depths of the earth

L:     And also the heights of the mountains.

ALL:     (5)     The sea belongs to God who made it,

ALL:     And the dry land, because God formed it.

L: (6)     O come, let us worship and bow down

ALL:     Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

L: (7)     For the Lord is our God,

ALL:     We are the people of God’s pasture,

ALL:     The sheep of God’s hand.

L:     Hear the voice of the Lord today!

L: (8)     Harden not your hearts, as at Meribah,

L:     As on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

L: (9)     When your forebears tested me,

L:     And put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

ALL:     (10)     For forty years I loathed that generation

ALL:     And said, “They are a people who err in heart,

ALL:     And they do not regard my ways.”

ALL:     (11)     Therefore I swore in my anger

ALL:     That they should not enter my rest.

* SongChrist, Whose Glory Fills the Skies Hymnal 173

1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night; Day-spring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see; till thy inward light impart, cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief; fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.

Scripture Readings – Jonah 3:1-5, 10 & Mark 1:14-20                           Liturgist:  Dan Bailey

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Special Music – When the Kingdom Comes (Susan Naylor Callaway) Choir

When the Kingdom comes, wars will cease; 

When the Kingdom comes, only peace.

Pain will pass away,

Night will turn to day,

Love will make a way

When the Kingdom comes.

When the Kingdom comes, eyes will see;

When the Kingdom comes, for you and me.

We’ll glorify His name!

His majesty proclaim!

We’ll never be the same

When the Kingdom comes.

Come, Lord Jesus, come and free us; 

How we long to see Your face.

King of Glory,

End the story,

Bring Your Kingdom to this place.

When the Kingdom comes, it won’t be long;

When the Kingdom comes, we’ll sing the song

He gave to you and me,

And for eternity

Like Jesus we will be

When the Kingdom comes.

Sermon – “Second and First Call Followers”                                          Dr. Emora T. Brannan

* Song – Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore Hymnal 344

1. Lord, you have come to the lakeshore looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones; you only asked me to follow humbly. 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.

2. You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold and no weapons; you will find there my nets and labor. 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.

3. You need my hands, full of caring through my labors to give others rest, and constant love that keeps on loving. 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.

4. You, who have fished other oceans, ever longed for by souls who are waiting, my loving friend, as thus you call me. 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.

A LITANY FOR THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

Minister: Holy God, in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being, Jesus the Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father, Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world & searches the depths of God, Blessed Trinity, source of both unity & diversity,

People: Have mercy on us.

Leader: From blind hearts & petty spirits, that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love,

People: Savior, deliver us.

Minister: From pride, self-sufficiency & the unwillingness to admit
our own need of your compassion,

People: Savior, deliver us.

Leader: From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment,
and from lack of persistence and thoroughness,

People: Savior, deliver us.

Minister: From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the Gospel,

People: Savior, deliver us.

Leader: O God, we pray for the gifts of ministry.
Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Minister: Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation,

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Leader: Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope
and stories of refreshment.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Minister: Touch our lips, that we may tell in every tongue & dialect the wonderful works of God.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Leader: Touch our hearts, that we may discern the mission to which you call us.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Minister: Touch our feet, that we may take the Good News into our neighborhoods,
communities, and all parts of the world.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Leader: Touch our hands, that we may each accomplish the work you give us to do.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Minister: Strengthen and encourage all who minister in your name in lonely,
dangerous and unresponsive places.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

Leader: Open the hearts and hands of many to support your Church in this and every place.

People: Hear us, O Christ.

ALL:    Christ Jesus, you go before and behind us, you are our light and our shield; guide our path, be our clear light, lift us up in your Gospel joy, and bless the work we do in your name and honor here at Lovely Lane Church: Baltimore City Station, for you are our beloved, and our life made new.  Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Step By Step (David Strasser)                                                                     Choir

O God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You.
I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways,
and step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.

Prayer of Dedication

For the continued life of your Church, O God, for the ordering of your worship; for the due administration of your Word and sacraments; for maintenance of Christian fellowship and discipline; for the building up of believers, and the conversion of the world, we offer unto you these gifts.  Accept them, we ask you, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

*      Song to Present the Offering – Trust and Obey Hymnal 467

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

3. But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor he shows, for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

4. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his side in the way; what he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Pastor: O One, whose nature is heroic love: Keep alive in our hearts that adventurous spirit

which makes your followers scorn the way of safety, so that your will may be done.

Leader: For only so, O Lord, shall we be worthy of those courageous souls, who in every age

have ventured all in obedience to your call, and for whom the trumpets have sounded

on the farther shore.

ALL:   GRANT, O LORD, THAT WHAT HAS BEEN SAID WITH OUR LIPS WE MAY

BELIEVE IN OUR HEARTS, AND THAT WHAT WE BELIEVE IN OUR

HEARTS WE MAY PRACTICE IN OUR LIVES; THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

OUR LORD.  AMEN.

* Choral Response – God Be With You Till We Meet Again (Vaughan Williams)                 Choir

God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Rex Coelestis (Jackson)

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