Worship Jan 24, 2021
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
The Common Thread
Belief requires repentance; true faith works repentance in the heart. Because God gives us our due, changing our evil ways may even cause God to turn from his wrath. As we trust in him, waiting for him to soften his anger, we begin to learn that he alone is our hope and salvation, that we cannot trust in self, anyone else, or anything. As we learn that he is our refuge and rock, anxieties begin to melt away (Phil 4:6). All of this depends upon believing in the gospel, and the repentance that comes through a knowledge of God’s grace toward us.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God, graciously look down on our weakness. Reach out to us with your majestic right hand, and satisfy us with his glory. We ask through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Hear The Call Of The Kingdom
Hear the call of the kingdom; Lift your eyes to the King Let His song rise within you; As a fragrant offering Of how God rich in mercy came in Christ to redeem All who trust in His unfailing grace
Hear the call of the kingdom; To be children of light With the mercy of heaven the humility of Christ Walking justly before Him; Loving all that is right That the life of Christ may shine through us
King of heaven we will answer the call; We will follow bringing hope to the world Filled with passion filled with power to proclaim; Salvation in Jesus' name
Hear the call of the kingdom; To reach out to the lost With the Father's compassion; In the wonder of the cross Bringing peace and forgiveness; And a hope yet to come Let the nations put their trust in Him
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 A Foreign City Repents
Jonah was commanded by God for a second time to go to the city of Nineveh and call the Ninevites to repentance. His message to them was that in forty days’ time, the Lord would overthrow their city unless they turned from their evil ways. To Jonah’s surprise, the Ninevites responded by fasting and putting on sackcloth and ashes.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Psalm 62 My Hope is From Him
The psalmist proclaimed that the Lord God was his rock and salvation; for him alone did the psalmist’s soul wait. Even though he was being crushed by his oppressors, attacked by his enemies, he waited for the Lord to act on his behalf.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together,
as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor;
lies are their chief delight.
They bless with their lips,
but in their hearts they curse.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
truly, my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall | not be shaken.
In God is my safety and my honor;
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
Put your trust in him always, O people,
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath,
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
On the scales they are lighter than a breath,
all of them together.
Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride;
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
God has spoken once, twice have I heard it,
that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love is yours, O Lord,
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 [32-35] Free From Anxieties
St. Paul instructed the Corinthian Christians that the world as they knew it was passing away and the time of the Lord’s return was very short. In order to be free to respond to the call of Christ, if one could be free of anxieties caused by family responsibilities, it was wise not to take them on. Paul was not anti-marriage or anti-family. He was simply being realistic about the cost of discipleship.
This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. [I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.]
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Follow Me
As Jesus traveled in the region of Galilee proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand, he stopped and invited two fishermen, brothers Simon and Andrew, to come and follow him. They would no longer be fishing in the way they were used to; now they would fish for people.
After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
The Sermon - Pastor Jill
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Prayers of the Church
Witnesses for Christ Father of Light and Mercy, we pray for your guidance, wisdom, and strength to continue to follow you even when we feel defeated or unworthy. May we be effective witnesses of your truth, so that we may be a living presence of the love of Jesus Christ in this world. Fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit that we may also be a light that leads your people to you, even in the midst of trials and tribulations. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Our Youth Loving Father, we pray for the youth of the world. That they may come to know you and trust in your hope and love. May knowing you give them the courage to discern their journey in life and to feel your presence along side them every step of the way. We pray that you captivate their hearts, so they know their worth and that they are truly loved.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Loss Heavenly Father, we pray for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. [especially for …] May they know and come to understand that when they hurt, you hurt with them. You are a gracious and tender God who promises us so much more than this earthly life; You promise us an eternal life with you. Let us always remember the past and embrace our future with you. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Strength and Healing Mercy Heavenly Father, we pray for all those who are sick, fighting an illness, or struggling with a recent diagnosis. [especially for …] We pray for their comfort and your healing mercy; give them strength that they may also reach out in prayer according to their needs. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Less Like Me
Oh I have days I lose the fight; Try my best but just don't get it right Where I talk a talk that I don't walk; And miss the moments right before my eyes
Somebody with a hurt that I could have helped Somebody with a hand that I could have held When I just can't see past myself; Lord help me be
A little more like mercy; A little more like grace A little more like kindness goodness love and faith A little more like patience; A little more like peace A little more like Jesus; A little less like me
Yeah there's no denying I have changed; I've been saved from who I used to be But even at my best I must confess; I still need help to see the way You see
Oh to feed the beggar on the street; Love to be Your hands and feet Freely give what I receive; Lord help me be I want to put You first above all else; Love my neighbor as myself In the moments no one sees; Lord help me be
A little more I'm living; Everything I preach A little more like Jesus; A little less like me