~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

February 07, 2021

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Creator of all that is, draw us close to you in this time of worship that we might rejoice, for you give power to the faint and you strengthen the powerless. Bind us together, so we will go from this place prepared to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint as we live each day as disciples of Jesus, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLOMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Is anyone here feeling tired and weighed down with burdens? 

C: Take heart! God gives us strength and energy. 

L: Is anyone here hurt or grieving, wounded or in pain? 

C: Take heart! God heals broken hearts. 

L: Is anyone here short on cash, pinched for resources and feeling overwhelmed?

C: Take heart! God’s reward is free for the taking. 

L: Is anyone here feeling left out, shunned, outcast, pushed to the margins, labeled unworthy of inclusion? 

C: Take heart! God is calling your name and waiting to gather you close in love!

Scifres, Mary. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 39) 

Abingdon Press, Kindle Edition

 

GATHERING HYMN

“For The Beauty Of The Earth”

 

For the beauty of the earth,

For the splendor of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies,

     God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise!

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth and friends above, 

For all gentle thoughts and mild,

     God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise!

 

For the good that love inspires, 

For a world where none exclude,

For a faith that never tires,

And for every heart renewed, 

     God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise!

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, we confess what always seems with us: broken things within us that never seem to mend, empty places within us that seem always to ache. O God of love and grace, help us to accept ourselves; lead us to do those good and true things that are not compromised by anything within us.  As much as can be, mend us, fill us, make us bloom.

From the UCC Book of Worship

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

SHARING GOD'S PEACE

     God’s peace is yours!

     And yours also!

ACT OF PRAISE

     Let us praise the Lord!

     The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Isaiah 40: 21-31

The Greatness Of God

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.

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 1: 29-39

Jesus Heals Many At Simon’s House

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 sunset, 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. 

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS

HYMN  

“We Yearn, O Christ, For Wholeness”

 

We yearn, O Christ, for wholeness and for your healing touch;

Too long have we felt helpless; our burdens seemed too much.

Forgetting all pretenses we make our pleadings heard,

In hope and expectation await your gracious Word.

 

We need your living presence, O Christ of Galilee,

A presence that revives us and sets our spirits free.

No longer are we fearful, your love pervades each place.

Empower us with courage to claim your healing grace.

MEDITATION

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, 

     Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

     He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     Born of the Virgin Mary,

     Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     Was crucified, died, and was buried;

     He descended to the dead.

     On the third day he rose again;

     He ascended into heaven,

     He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

     And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     The holy catholic Church,

     The communion of saints,

     The forgiveness of sins,

     The resurrection of the body

     And the life everlasting. Amen.

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD'S PRAYER (using debts & debtors)

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

 

PARTING HYMN

“Be Not Dismayed”

Be not dismayed whatever betide, 

God will take care of you;

Beneath God's wings of love abide, 

God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,

Through every day, o'er all the way;

God will take care of you,

God will take care of you.

Through days of toil when heart grows frail,

God will take care of you;

When dangers fierce your path assail, 

God will take care of you;

God will take care of you,

Through every day, o'er all the way;

God will take care of you,

God will take care of you.

All you may need God will provide, 

God will take care of you;

Nothing you ask will be denied,

God will take care of you,

God will take care of you,

Through every day, o'er all the way;

God will take care of you,

God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test, 

God will take care of you;

Lean, weary one, upon God's breast,

God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,

Through every day, o'er all the way;

God will take care of you,

God will take care of you.

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: “Amen, Amen, Amen” 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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