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Tower Weekly
February 4, 2024

Sunday, February 4, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR B

FEBRUARY 4, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements      John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit     “Come And Let Us Sweetly Join”     Wesley/ Gibbons

Come, and let us sweetly join,

Crist to praise and hymns divine;

Give we all with one accord

Glory to our common Lord.

 

† Call to Worship

Gather us in, the brokenhearted and the joyful.

Gather us in, the weak and the strong.

Gather us in, the fearful and the brave.

Gather us in, the young and the old.

Gather us in, to sing of God’s works.

Gather us in, to praise Jesus Christ.

Gather us in, to worship and wonder.

Gather us in, to know of God’s love.

 

† Opening Hymn     “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” UMH 452 (1-2;4)

 

Prayer for Illumination

Old Testament Lesson    Isaiah 40:21-31   NRSV

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.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

 

Congregational Prayer

Divine Creator, in this sacred gathering, we find refuge beneath the encompassing embrace of your love. Like fledglings sheltered beneath a mother bird’s wings, we are nurtured and empowered to soar on the currents of your Spirit. Your timeless words remind us that those who wait upon you will find renewal, soaring with the strength of eagles. Teach us the art of patient anticipation, that we may gain the wisdom to take flight when the time is right. May our community, this nest we call “family,” be fashioned with resilience and enduring bonds. Yet, instill in us the understanding that this sanctuary is not meant for retreat, but as a launching pad for our collective journey. Grant us the fortitude to venture forth, knowing we are supported by your unwavering presence. In Jesus’ name, we affirm our trust in your guidance and provision. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

 

Choral Response     “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares unto You.

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.

And anytime that I don’t know what to do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

† Gospel Lesson     Mark 1:29-39     NRSV

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 sundown, 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.

The Gospel of our Lord.  Praise be to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “An Anthem for Communion”     Martin

Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,

Who in Thy sacrament art pleased to be.

Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord

And drink the holy blood for you outpoured.

Saved by that Body, hallowed by that Blood,

Whereby refreshed, we render thanks to God.

Both flesh and spirit in Thy presence fail,

Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

Here O my Lord, I see Thee face to face;

Here would I touch and handle things unseen;

Here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,

And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

Almighty God, as we gather in worship, we seek your presence and strength. Just as Jesus brought healing through touch, we recognize you as the ultimate source of wholeness. As we present our offerings, may they contribute to healing: of bodies, spirits, relationships; of our ailing planet and fractured global community. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Holy Communion     UMH 9

The Great Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer

 

† Closing Hymn     “Jesus Is All the World to Me” UMH 469 (1-2;4)

 

† Benediction

Go now to wait on God, to pay attention to all God is doing around you, and to serve as the Spirit guides you.

We go forth, attuned to the Divine’s whispers, ready to serve as vessels of love and compassion.

And may the peace of Christ bless you and keep you wherever you may go.

May God’s tranquil peace surround us, guiding our steps on this sacred journey. Amen.

 

† Choral Benediction     “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”     Vaughan Williams

God be with you till we meet again;

By His counsels guide, uphold you,

With His sheep securely fold you;

God be with you till we meet again.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

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