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Tower Weekly
January 28, 2024

Sunday, January 28, 2024

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY, YEAR B

JANUARY 28, 2024

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements     John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit     “Praise the Lord, for He is Good”     Arfon, arr. Davies

Praise the Lord, for He is good,

For His mercies evermore from eternity have stood,

To eternity endure.

Let His ransomed people raise

Songs of their Redeemer’s praise.

 

† Call to Worship

Come, and praise God! In the company of God’s people, let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Great are the works of God, full of glory and majesty.

Our God is gracious and compassionate;

Our God is merciful and forgiving,

Our God is faithful and trustworthy,

Our God is just and good.

So come, let’s worship God together.

Gods praise will last forever!

 

† Opening Hymn     “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” UMH 176

 

Prayer for Illumination

God, unseal our ears to hear your Word today. Unlock our minds and hearts for transformation. Liberate us from the grip of worry, fear, destruction, and pride. Guide us, O Lord, to follow you with unwavering faithfulness.

 

Old Testament Lesson    Deuteronomy 18:15-20   NRSV

The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” Then the LORD replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak–that prophet shall die.

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

 

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, we acknowledge our arrogance, overwhelmed by our own “knowledge” to the detriment of love. We confess our tendency to judge instead of listening, to push others away instead of welcoming them. We admit to prioritizing self-protection over risking for others and choosing “being right” over “showing love.” Forgive us for demanding uniformity when you call us to celebrate diversity.

 

[pause for silent reflection]

 

Lord, help us transcend these shortcomings. Lead us to live by your unconditional love, seeing each other as sisters and brothers. Teach us to embrace unity, fostering a sense of one family. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Passing of the Peace

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response     “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares upon You.

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.

And anytime that I don’t know what do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

† Gospel Lesson     Mark 1:21-28     NRSV

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching–with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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

 

Sermon     Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

 

Invitation to Offering

 

Offertory     “Sing Praise to the Lord”     Parry

Sing praise to the Lord! Sing praise in the height!
Rejoice in His word, you angels of light.
O heavens, adore Him by whom you were made,
And worship before Him in brightness arrayed.

Sing praise to the Lord! Praise God upon earth,
In tuneful accord, you saints of new birth.
Praise Him who has brought you His grace from above.
Praise Him who has taught you to sing of His love.

Sing praise to the Lord, all things that give sound,
Each jubilant chord, re-echo around.
Loud organs, His glory tell forth in deep tone,
And trumpets, the story of what God has done.

Sing praise to the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
To Him be outpoured all ages along.
For love in creation, for heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!

 

Offering Prayer

Gracious God, we offer our tithes for your divine purpose. May these gifts spread your boundless love. Remind us that, like past leaders, we too can answer your call. Open our hearts to the possibility of being your messengers. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

 

 Closing Hymn     “Heal Me, Hands of Jesus” UMH 262

 

† Benediction

May the peace of God enfold us. The love of God uphold us. The wisdom of God control us. Amen.

 

† Choral Benediction     “Grant Us Thy Peace”     Edward Hopkins

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life;

Peace to Thy church from error and from strife;

Peace to our land, the fruit of truth and love;

Peace in each heart, Thy Spirit from above.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

 

Organ Postlude

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