Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany

Worship Service – 11:00 AM

Great is the power of God, he cannot work in a vacuum or with empty minds or with hearts filled with prejudice.   – James Moffatt (1870-1944) Scottish biblical scholar and translator

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – An Druzhumel (Breton)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – Praise The Lord, For He Is Good (Arfon, arr. Davies)                           Choir

Praise the Lord, for He is good; For His mercies evermore
From eternity have stood, to eternity endure.
Let His ransomed people raise, songs of their Redeemer’s praise.

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire (verses 1-4) Hymnal 492

1. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed, the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

2. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear, the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

3. Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try; prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.

4. Prayer is the contrite sinners’ voice, returning from their way, while angels in their songs rejoice and cry, “Behold, they pray!”

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.

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 – Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire (verses 5-6) Hymnal 492

5. Prayer is the Christians’ vital breath, the Christians’ native air; their watchword at the gates of death; they enter heaven with prayer.

6. O Thou, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way: the path of prayer thyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray!

* Call to Celebration – Psalm 67 (Without sung response) Hymnal 791

L: (1)     O God, be gracious to us and bless us

L:     And make your face to shine upon us,

ALL:     (2)     That your way be known upon earth,

ALL:     Your saving power among all nations.

L: (3)     Let the peoples praise you, O God;

L:     Let all the peoples praise you!

ALL:     (4)     Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ALL:     For you judge the peoples with equity

ALL:     And guide the nations upon earth.

L: (5)     Let the peoples praise you, O God;

L:     Let all the peoples praise you!

ALL:     (6)     The earth has yielded its increase;

ALL:     God, our God, has blessed us.

L: (7)     God has blessed us;

ALL:     Let all the ends of the earth fear God!

* SongHail to the Lord’s Anointed Hymnal 203

1. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail in the time appointed, his reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; to take away transgression, and rule in equity.

2. He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong; to help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; to give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in his sight.

3. He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth; love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in his path to birth. Before him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go, and righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow.

4. To him shall prayer unceasing and daily vows ascend; his kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end. The tide of time shall never his covenant remove; his name shall stand forever; that name to us is love.

Scripture Reading – Deuteronomy 18:15-20                                     Liturgist: Nancy Brannan

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” Then the Lord replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”

The Canticle of Wisdom (with sung response 2) Hymnal 112

Response 2 (General): O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh.

L: May God grant that I speak with judgment

L:     And have thoughts worthy of what I have received,

L:     For God is the God even of wisdom

L:     And the corrector of the wise.

L: Wisdom is more mobile than any motion;

L:     Because of her purity, wisdom pervades and penetrates all things.

ALL:  For she is a breath of the power of God,

ALL:  And a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;

ALL:  Therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into wisdom.

Response 2 (General): O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh.

L: For she is a reflection of eternal light,

L:     A spotless mirror of the working of God,

L:     An image of God’s goodness.

ALL:  Though wisdom is but one, she can do all things;

ALL:  While remaining in herself, wisdom renews all things;

L: In every generation wisdom passes into holy souls

L:     And makes them friends of God and prophets.

ALL:  Truly God loves nothing so much as those who live with wisdom.

Response 2 (General): O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh.

L: For she is more beautiful than the sun,

L:     And excels every constellation of the stars.

L:     Compared with the light, she is found to be superior.

Response 2 (General): O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh.

Scripture Reading – Mark 1:21-28

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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

For a long time I have held My peace, but now will I speak. I will lead the blind in a way they know not, in paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn their darkness into light, and I will not forsake them.

And He showed me a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God; and on either side of the river was there a tree of life, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Help us, Lord, to persevere in prayer with mind awake and thankful hearts, that we may share the secret of Christ with those we meet on our earthly pilgrimage, following in the steps of Jesus, our Master and our Friend. Amen.

Sermon – “Sound and Fury and Silence”                                                Dr. Emora T. Brannan

* Song – Jesus, the Name High over All Hymnal 193

1. Jesus! the name high over all, in hell or earth or sky; angels and mortals prostrate fall, and devils fear and fly.

2. Jesus! The name to sinners dear, the name to sinners given; it scatters all their guilty fear, it turns their hell to heaven.

3. O that the world might taste and see in riches of his grace! The arms of love that compass me would all the world embrace.

4. Thee I shall constantly proclaim, though earth and hell oppose; bold to confess thy glorious name before a world of foes.

5. His only righteousness I show, his saving truth proclaim;’ tis all my business here below to cry, “Behold the Lamb!”

6. Happy, if with my latest breath I may but gasp his name, preach him to all and cry in death, “Behold, behold the Lamb!”


We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:

Who has created and is creating,

Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,

To reconcile and make new,

Who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the church:

To celebrate God’s presence,

To love and serve others,

To seek justice and resist evil,

To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

Our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – You Are My All In All (Dennis Jernigan)                                                     Choir

You are my strength when I am weak, 

You are the Treasure that I seek.

You are my all in all.

Seeking You as a precious jewel,

Lord, to give up I’d be a fool.

You are my all in all.

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name.

Prayer of Dedication

All that we have, we have from you Creator and preserver of all humankind; accept these gifts which we now bring before you; and help us to make the whole of life an offering, and every thought a prayer.  We would seal this our worship in a renewed consecration of ourselves and our coming days to your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

*       Song to Present the Offering – O Young and Fearless Prophet Hymnal 444

1. O young and fearless Prophet of ancient Galilee, thy life is still a summons to serve humanity; to make our thoughts and actions less prone to please the crowd, to stand with humble courage for truth with hearts uncowed.

2. We marvel at the purpose that held thee to thy course while ever on the hilltop before thee loomed the cross; thy steadfast face set forward where love and duty shone, while we betray so quickly and leave thee there alone.

3. O help us stand unswerving against war’s bloody way, where hate and lust and falsehood hold back Christ’s holy sway; forbid false love of country that blinds us to his call, who lifts above the nations the unity of all.

4. Stir up in us a protest against our greed for wealth, while others starve and hunger and plead for work and health; where homes with little children cry out for lack of bread, who live their years sore burdened beneath a gloomy dread.

5. O young and fearless Prophet, we need thy presence here, amid our pride and glory to see thy face appear; once more to hear thy challenge above our noisy day, again to lead us forward along God’s holy way.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Pastor: May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)


Pastor: Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you always.

ALL: 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 – Allegro distinto (Parks)

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