Sunday, January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

10:15 A.M.

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.”




Welcome and Announcements                                                            John Strawbridge


Prayer of Invocation (All)

With different gifts, with a variety of talents, with an array of interests, we come to worship you, our creating God. We are here to unite our spirits, to be made one in Jesus Christ, to be merged in hope as your children. Bless our differences, that the unique gifts and perceptions of each may strengthen our oneness. Drawn into your Spirit, we give you the thanks of our hearts, in the name of the living Christ. Amen.


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

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.



Psalter Lesson   Psalm 36:5-10   The Message

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,

his loyalty astronomic,

His purpose titanic,

his verdicts oceanic.

Yet in his largeness

nothing gets lost;

Not a man, not a mouse,

slips through the cracks.

7-9 How exquisite your love, O God!

How eager we are to run under your wings,

To eat our fill at the banquet you spread

as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.

You’re a fountain of cascading light,

and you open our eyes to light.

10 Keep on loving your friends;

do your work in welcoming hearts.

The Word of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


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.


Gospel Lesson   John 2:1-11 The Message

1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”4 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This

isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” 5 She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

8 “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon   “Isn’t My Time”   Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory   “If I Can Help Somebody” Mahalia Jackson

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.


Offering Prayer (All)

Receive and bless these gifts, O God, which we bring in response to the many gifts with which you have blessed us. As you graciously bestow these varying gifts upon us, so may we as graciously use them to serve others, and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen


Closing Hymn    “Lift Every Voice and Sing” UMH 519 Vs. 1 & 3

1. Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty Let our rejoicing rise

High as the listening skies Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won

3. God of our weary years  God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way  Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee

Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee

Shadowed beneath Thy hand May we forever stand

True to our God True to our native land



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      “We Shall Over Come”    UMH 533    Vs. 1

1. We shall overcome We shall overcome We shall overcome some day

CHORUS: Oh, deep in my heart I do believe We shall overcome some day


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell




To access special MLK insert, click here.


Our thanks to Dr. Barbara Baker, Jessika Williams, and Brandon Shaw McKnight for filling in our music today while our choir and Music Director take a well-deserved Sunday off.


Finance committee will meet on Wednesday at 7:00PM by Zoom.


We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:


Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601




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