Sunday, January 24, 2021




January 24, 2021
3rd Sunday After Epiphany


Organ Prelude



Welcome and Announcements                                     John Strawbridge



Choral Introit “Hear My Prayer, O Lord” (John Marshall)

God is here! As we your people
Meet to offer praise and prayer,
May we find in fuller measure
What it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us,
All our varied skills and arts
Wait the coming of the Spirit
Into open minds and hearts.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Our hope is in you, O God, for power belongs to you.
As we turn our attention to you this day, renew our trust.
As we pour out our hearts, our longings and our tiredness,
our losses and our desires, our desperate hopes and our cautious dreams
remind us that you alone are our refuge, and you will not be shaken.
Where our confidence has been misplaced,
our hopes pinned on one person or one event or one moment,
call us back to your truth: you are our hope,
and your steadfast love endures forever. Amen.


Opening Hymn “O God Our Help in Ages Past”       UMH 117 Vs. 1, 4,5 & 6

1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home;
4. A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.
5.Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away.
They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
6. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.


Psalter Reading                                                           Psalm 62:5-12 NRSV

5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all according to their work.
This is the word of God…Thanks be to God


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                                                Jonah 3:1-10 NIV

1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “A Sense of Urgency”                                   Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “O Lord, Be Merciful” (Franck)

O Lord, be merciful; unto us be merciful.
O God, we pray Thee to be merciful.
Lord, be merciful unto us; we beseech Thee, hear our prayer.


Offering Prayer (All)

Generous God, we ask you to bless the gifts we give this morning. We ask that you help grow the trust in us, that we might follow without looking back and that we might leave behind more of our old lives to experience more deeply new life in you. Help us to leave those things that seemed essential before we heard your call, so that we might travel the road you have put before us. In the name of Christ who goes before us and beside us, we pray. Amen.


Closing Hymn “This Is A Day of New Beginnings”  UMH 383 Vs. 1,3 & 4

1. This is a day of new beginnings,
Time to remember and move on,
Time to believe what love is bringing,
Laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

3. Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
Step from the past and leave behind
Our disappointment, guilt and grieving,
Seeking new paths, and sure to find.
4. Christ is alive, and goes before us,
To show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
Our God is making all things new.



Now, take the word of God into the world.
We will place hope in the arms of others.
Now, take the word of Jesus into the world.
We will follow to serve beside him in all the broken places.
Now, take the word of the Spirit into the world.
We will bring others near to the kingdom where all are welcome.


Choral Benediction “Shalom Chaverim” (Trad. Hebrew)

Farewell, my friends. May peace be with you.



Ringing the Bicentennial Bell



Organ Postlude



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