~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

January 17, 2021

Second Sunday After Epiphany

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

O God, you spoke your word and revealed your Good News in the birth of Jesus Christ. Fill all creation with that word again, so that by hearing your holy teachings, praying for your guidance, singing of your glorious hope, and proclaiming your joyful promises to all,  we may become one living body, your incarnate presence on the earth, Amen.

PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS NO VIDEO OF TODAY'S SERVICE 

DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES, THE SERVICE WAS NOT RECORDED

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & CALL TO WORSHIP

Good morning and welcome to St John’s Church. Today is the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany and our worship focuses on God speaking to His people. Let us begin our worship together.

 

GATHERING HYMN

“Lord, Speak To Me”

 

1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of Your tone;

As you have sought, so let me seek Your erring children lost and lone.

 

2. O lead me, Lord, that I may lead the wandering and the wavering feet;

O feed me, Lord, that I may feed Your hungering ones with manna sweet.

 

3. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things that You impart;

And wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of every heart

 

4. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as you will, and when, and where,

Until Your blessed face I see, Your rest, Your joy, Your glory share!

PSALM OF THE DAY     

Psalm 139

 

O Lord, you have searched me and know me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 

Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,

when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us confess our sins before God and one another.

Loving Lord, we confess we have not always heeded your prophets’ voices. We admit we have not thought much about John the Baptist, who proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. We acknowledge that John’s declaration about the greater One who was coming often gets lost in our lives filled with daily woes and distractions. God, we gather before you today needing grace and the gift of forgiveness granted through your Son. Hear our prayer and grant us your peace and forgiveness. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

God hears the confession of our hearts and lips. Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven all our sins, and by the Holy Spirit we are empowered through new life. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

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

1 Samuel 3: 1-10

Samuel’s Calling

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!”[a] and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING

1 Corinthians 6: 12-20

Glorify God In Body & Spirit

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a  temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

 

GOSPEL READING

John 1: 43-51

Jesus Calls Philip & Nathanael

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 

HYMN  

“Softly & Tenderly”

 

1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling – Calling for you and for me;

Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching – Watching for you and for me.

Come home! Come home! You who are weary come home!

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

 

2. Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised – Promised for you and for me;

Though we have sinned, Jesus offers us pardon – Pardon for you and for me!

Come home! Come home! You who are weary come home!

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

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.

DEDICATION OF HATS, MITTENS, AND SCARVES

Today we celebrate one of the ministries of Saint John’s Church, our annual collection of hats, mittens, and scarves. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this ministry. Let us pray…God of love, we give you thanks for the opportunity to share with our brothers and sisters in need during these cold winter months. 

Without even knowing who will receive them, we now present these hats, mittens and scarves.

May they bring the warmth of our love and concern.

May they bring comfort to someone who feels a chill.

God of creation, bless these hats, mittens, and scarves and those who will receive them. May they feel the love, comfort and peace of your presence. And may your light shine in them and be a beacon of the hope that is promised to all of us. Amen.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER (using debts/debtors)

     The Lord be with you.

     And with you also.

Eternal God, you are the maker of us all, and we are your creation, people formed in your image and furnished with understanding of who we are and of whose we are. We thank you for your calling to share in your creative and healing work. We are here because we have heard your voice speak to us. Help us, dear Lord, to respond to your invitation to grace.

 

God of all our moments, of our days and our nights, you speak and you act in the world around us, not only to call all people to you, but also to direct and guide us in the way of healing and wholeness. 

Awaken us Lord, to hear what you would say to us. Open our ears, our eyes, and our hearts to your presence. Help us to know when it is your voice we are hearing and it when it is our prejudices and desires. Lord, we pray that your church may rise up with renewed commitment in answer to your call and that your people may be instruments of your grace and love.

 

We pray for those who consider themselves inadequate and dismiss or avoid your call in their lives. Give them a new vision, a vision in which you are their strength and their hope. We pray for those who, in answering your call, must leave the known for the unknown, the oasis for the desert, the comfortable for the uncertain. Grant them courage and steadfast faith.

 

O Lord, we remember those in want and need – for those of us and of the larger community who suffer in body or in soul. We especially bring before you those who we name silently in our hearts.

 

Loving Father, bless us all with an abundant faith, a fruitful ministry, and a joyful life. Bless us and all those who gather together to continue the work of Jesus, who came to heal, save, and deliver us all, and who taught us to pray saying...

 

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.

OFFERING

The voice of the Lord beckons us from humble places… the tears of the hungry, the cries of the frail and frightened, the pleas of those in need. Let us bring our gifts in answer to your call. Please stand as we join together in singing God’s praise…

     Response: "Doxology"

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

      Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

      Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of Power and Might, a heard your voice calling his name. . .’Samuel’. Fishermen heard the voice and decided to follow. We hear your voice and respond with our time, talent, and treasure. Accept these gifts in response to your call and use them to spread your Word to those longing to hear your voice. Amen.

PARTING HYMN  

“Take My Life & Let It Be”

1. Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days; 

Let them flow in ceaseless praise,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2. Take my hands & let them move

At the impulse of Thy Love.

Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee,

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

3. Take my voice and let me sing

Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee,

Filled with messages from Thee.

4. Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee,

Ever, only, all for Thee.

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

Go now and listen for the voice of the Lord and follow wherever it leads. Allow no room within yourselves for deceit, but offer yourselves as a temple for the Holy Spirit. And may God be with us and speak through us, may Christ Jesus be one with us, and may the Holy Spirit dwell within us. Amen.

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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