Sunday, February 7, 2021

February 7, 2021
5th Sunday After Epiphany
11:00A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                   John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit   “God Is Here” (Green)

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.

 

Call to Worship

Come to Jesus, all you who are weary and heavy laden,
We come to find rest and renewal.
Come to Jesus, all you who have been worn out and tired,
We come to find strength and refreshment in the Spirit.
Come to Jesus, all you who feel the weight of the world on your shoulders,
We come to be filled with Christ, who renews our spirits.
Come and worship, and be raised up in Christ. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn Sweet Hour of Prayer                       UMH No. 496

1. Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2.Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

3. Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
Believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my ev’ry care
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Old Testament Lesson Isaiah                                      40:21-31 NRSV

21 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?
22 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;
23 who brings princes to naught,
and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
24 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.
25 To whom then will you compare me,
or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 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.
27 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”?
28 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.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31 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.
This is the word of God…Thanks be to God

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response On Eagle’s Wings                           UMH 143

And God will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

 

Gospel Lesson Mark 1:29-39 NIV

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. 32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

 

Sermon  “A Quiet Place”                                         Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Create In Me A Clean Heart” (Mueller)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy holy presence from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

O God, we offer these gifts and the service of our lives in response to the many blessings you have bestowed on our lives. You graciously bless our lives with the Holy Spirit who enables us to experience and proclaim the good news of the living Christ. Help us to be bold and faithful witnesses to the gospel this day and every day. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “Come and Find the Quiet Center”    TFWS No.2128

1 Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.

2 Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.

3 In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming
there is always room to spare!”

 

Benediction

L: Rise up from all that weighs you down.
Walk confidently into God’s future.
P: God is doing new things among us.
We seek to live as God’s chosen people.
L: Trust in God and in one another.
Know that God is ever with you to sustain and heal.
P: We feel God’s welcome and hear God’s call.
All around, we see evidence of God’s activity.
L: Receive the Spirit in your hearts.
Say “Amen” to the glory of God through Christ.
P: Come, Holy Spirit, to enliven us.
Go with us, O Christ, to make us whole. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “Shalom Chaverim” (Trad. Hebrew)

Farewell, my friends. May peace be with you.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

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