Sunday, January 17, 2021










January 17, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend


Every January, our nation honors the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Martin Luther King Day, we have an opportunity to celebrate the strides our country has made in the ongoing struggle for civil rights and a chance to pause and reflect on all of those who sacrificed their lives for the sacred cause of equality. But this day also provides us with another opportunity: to renew our commitment to Dr. King’s audacious vision of a world in which all of God’s children, blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”



Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                   John Strawbridge


Choral Introit “Blessed Jesus, At Your Word”

Blessed Jesus, at Your word
We are gathered all to hear You.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear You.
By Your gospel pure and holy,
Teach us, Lord, to love You solely.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, as we gather this day, may we hear your voice in our hearts and feel your powerful healing presence in our lives. Give us strength and courage to truly be your disciples, bringing peace and hope in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.


Opening Hymn “Marching to Zion”      UMH 733        Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. Come, we that love the Lord,
and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
join in a song with sweet accord
and thus surround the throne,
and thus surround the throne.
We’re marching to Zion,
beautiful, beautiful Zion;
we’re marching upward to Zion,
the beautiful city of God.

2. Let those refuse to sing
who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King,
but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad,
may speak their joys abroad.

4. Then let our songs abound,
and every tear be dry;
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground,
to fairer worlds on high,
to fairer worlds on high.


A Litany for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

L: We remember the conviction of Martin Luther King Jr. that “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
P: Therefore, let us pray for courage and determination by those who are oppressed. . . .
L: We remember Martin’s warning that “a negative peace which is the absence of tension”
is less than “a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”
P: Therefore, let us pray that those who work for peace in our world may cry out first for justice. . . .
L: We remember Martin’s insight that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
P: Therefore, let us pray that we may see nothing in isolation, but may know ourselves bound to one another and to all people under heaven. . . .
L: We remember Martin’s lament that “the contemporary church is often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch-supporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”
P: Therefore, let us pray that neither this congregation nor any congregation of Christ’s people may be silent in the face of wrong, but that we may be disturbers of the status quo when that is God’s call to us. .
L: We remember Martin’s hope that “dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away
and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities
and in some not-too-distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”
P: Therefore, in faith, let us commend ourselves and our work for justice to the goodness of almighty God. Amen.

(Quotations from Letter from the Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.; Litany by W. B. McClain and L. H. Stookey, U.S.A., 20th Cent. From The United Methodist Book of Worship (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1992.) Used by permission.


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Old Testament Lesson I Samuel 3:1-10 (NIV) The Lord Calls Samuel

1 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “Called To Make A Difference”                   Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Alway”

I’m so glad trouble don’t last alway;
O my Lord, what shall I do?

Make more room, Lord, in my heart for Thee;
O my Lord, what shall I do?

I’m so glad trouble don’t last alway;
O my Lord, what shall I do?


Offering Prayer (All)

Merciful God, you provide us with so many opportunities to follow Jesus’ teaching and to live as modern-day disciples. We sometimes respond to your call with excuses or unfounded worries. We confuse our spiritual longing with the need for worldly objects. Yet these things provide only a false sense of security. As we offer these financial resources, transform us so that we are stirred to hear your call on our lives. We pray in the name of the Redeeming One, Jesus the Christ. Amen.


Closing Hymn Here I Am Lord UMH 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save
I, who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord, if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain
I have borne my people’s pain
I have wept for love of them
They turn away
I will break their hearts of stone
Give them hearts for love alone
I will speak my words to them
Whom shall I send?

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame
I will tend the poor and lame
I will set a feast for them
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide
‘Til their hearts be satisfied
I will give my life to them
Whom shall I send?



Sisters and brothers, go forth from this worship service in the name of Jesus. Go boldly to the places where you live, work, play, and fellowship and light candles of hope. Let your lights shine brightly on a daily basis, and be beacons of hope, joy, and peace. Pray daily for our civic and religious leaders. Always travel with Jesus, who is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and strive to be good citizens in sisterhood and brotherhood with your neighbors in the global village. Be an oasis of God’s love and a conduit of goodwill, and remember that God is with you. Amen.


Choral Benediction “I Will Trust In The Lord Till I Die” (Spiritual, arr. William Smith)

I will trust in the Lord till I die.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude





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