Sunday, February 4, 2108

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – An Druzhumel (Breton)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

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.

* Call to Celebration – Psalm 147 (without musical response) Hymnal 859

L: (1)     Praise the Lord!

L:     For it is good to sing praises to our God;

L:     A song of praise is fitting.

ALL:     (2)     The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

ALL:     And gathers the outcasts of Israel.

L: (3)     The Lord heals the brokenhearted,

L:     And binds up their wounds.

ALL:     (4)     The Lord determines the number of the stars,

ALL:     And give to all of them their names.

L: (5)     Great is our Lord, and abundant in power,

L:     Whose understanding is beyond measure.

ALL:     (6)     The Lord lifts up the downtrodden,

ALL:     But casts the wicked to the ground.

L: (7)     Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

ALL:     Make melody upon the lyre to our God

L: (8)     Who covers the heavens with clouds,

L:     Prepares rain for the earth,

L:     Makes grass grow upon the hills.

ALL:     (9)     The Lord gives to the beasts their food,

ALL:     And to the young ravens that cry.

L: (10)     The Lord takes no delight in the might of a horse

L:     Nor pleasure in the strength of a runner,

ALL:     (11)     But the Lord takes pleasure in the faithful,

ALL:     In those who hope in the Lord’s steadfast love.

L: (12)     Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!

L:     Praise your God, O Zion!

ALL:     (13)     The Lord strengthens the bars of your gates,

ALL:     Blesses your children in your midst,

L: (14)     Makes peace in your borders,

L:     Fills you with the finest wheat.

ALL:     (15)     The Lord sends forth commands to the earth;

ALL:     The word runs swiftly.

L: (16)     The Lord gives snow like wool,

L:     Scatters hoarfrost like ashes,

ALL:     (17)     Casts forth ice like morsels;

ALL:     Who can withstand its cold?

L: (18)     The Lord sends forth the word and melts them;

L:     Makes the wind blow, and the waters flow.

ALL:     (19)     The Lord declares the word to Jacob,

ALL:     The statutes and ordinances to Israel.

L: (20)     The Lord has not dealt thus with any other nation;

L:     They do not know God’s ordinances.

ALL:     Praise the Lord!

* SongPraise to the Lord, the Almighty Hymnal 139

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigning bears thee on eagle’s wings, e’er in his keeping maintaining. God’s care enfolds all, whose true good he upholds. Hast thou not known his sustaining?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee, fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee. Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed, spreading the wings of grace o’er thee.

5. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him! Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 40:21-31                                               Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
mighty in power,
not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicI Walked Today Where Jesus Walked (O’Hara) Choir

I walked today where Jesus walked
In days of long ago;
I wandered down each path He knew,
With reverent step and slow.
Those little lanes, they have not changed,
A sweet peace fills the air.
I walked today where Jesus walked
And felt His presence there
 

My pathway led through Bethlehem,
Ah, memories ever sweet;
The little hills of Galilee
That knew those childish feet;
The Mount of Olives – hallowed scenes
That Jesus knew before;
I saw the mighty Jordan roll
As in the days of yore.

I knelt today where Jesus knelt,
Where all alone He prayed;
The Garden of Gethsemane
- My heart felt unafraid!
I picked my heavy burden up,
And with Him by my side,
I climbed the Hill of Calvary,
Where on the Cross he died!
 

I walked today where Jesus walked,
And felt Him close to me.

Scripture Reading – Mark 1:29-39

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Sermon – “The Great Physician”                                                    Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song – When Jesus the Healer Passed Through Galilee Hymnal 263

1. When Jesus the healer passed through Galilee, Heal us, heal us today! the deaf came to hear and the blind came to see. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

2. A paralyzed man was let down through a roof. Heal us, heal us today! His sins were forgiven, his walking the proof. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

3. The death of his daughter caused Jairus to weep. Heal us, heal us today! The Lord took her hand, and he raised her from sleep. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

4. When blind Bartimaeus cried out to the Lord, Heal us, heal us today! His faith made him whole and his sight was restored. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

5. The lepers were healed and the demons cast out. Heal us, heal us today! A bent woman straightened to laugh and to shout. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

6. The twelve were commissioned and sent out in twos Heal us, heal us today! to make the sick whole and to spread the good news. Heal us, Lord Jesus!

7. There’s still so much sickness and suffering today. Heal us, heal us today! We gather together for healing and pray: Heal us, Lord Jesus!

Time of Morning Prayer with Anointing

Unison Prayer:

O God, the giver of health and salvation, we give thanks to you for the gift of oil

as your holy apostles anointed many who were sick and healed them,
so pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on this gift of oil,
that those who in faith and repentance receive this anointing may be made whole;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Please be in an attitude of prayer during anointing—when all have been anointed we will sing:

Prayer Song – Heal Me Hands of Jesus (Verses 1, 2, and 3) Hymnal 262

1. Heal me, hands of Jesus, and search out all my pain; restore my hope, remove my fear; and bring me peace again.

2. Cleanse me, blood of Jesus, take bitterness away; let me forgive as one forgiven and bring me peace today.

3. Know me, mind of Jesus, and show me all my sin; dispel the memories of guilt and bring me peace within.

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 – Heal Me Hands of Jesus (Verse 4) Hymnal 262

4. Fill me, joy of Jesus; anxiety shall cease, and heaven’s serenity be mine, for Jesus brings me peace!

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Father Eternal (Richard Shephard)                                                            Choir

Father Eternal and Lord of mankind,
shelter Your homeless ones in the sanctuary of Your love.
Be a bright flame before them, a guiding star above them,
a smooth path below them, a loving shepherd behind them;
let them walk even now in Your home,
in the courts of the City of Christ and in the peace of heaven.

Prayer of Dedication

Gentle yet Powerful Lord,
With grateful hearts for your wondrous ways of entering into our world,
we offer these gifts of thanks and adoration,
that more may learn to call upon your name and learn to listen to your will.
May you bless these gifts of heart and hand,
and bless the lives that have opened to share in your work in the world,
in Jesus name we pray.  Amen

* Song to Present the Offering – I’m Goin’ a Sing When the Spirit says Sing Hymnal 333

1. I’m goin’a [sing] when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

[Substitute on each verse]

2. I’m goin’a [pray]…

3. I’m goin’a [moan]…

4. I’m goin’a [shout]…

* Words for Sending Us Into the World

Leader:     As part of Christ’s ongoing earthly ministry, let us be bold to lift others up to him.

People: We who have been touched by Jesus will go out and touch others in his name.

ALL:         WE GO BOLDLY TO LIVE AS THE BODY OF CHRIST.

* Choral Response – Peace, God’s Wonderful Peace (William Runyan) Choir

Peace, God’s wonderful peace be with you now and evermore. Amen

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – Allegro Maestoso (James)

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