Sunday Service, January 10, 2021 – Baptism of Our Lord

Jmiller   -  

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Pastor Martin Niemoller

Prelude                                       “From God’s Heart” – Hans Peterson

The words from this 4-verse song from Dakota Road Music spoke to my heart in a special way – You are invited to let them speak to you and through you as we continue on our journey of faith.  -Steve Wysocki

 

Welcome                     No matter who you are or where you are on your journey,        you are welcome here!

We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence

Chime

Silence

Prayer        

Gathering Song                                 “Love Like This” led by Amy Kares, Gary Milla (guitar), Stephen Wysocki (piano)

 

Galatians 6:7-10 (NRSV)                                                                 Ryan Salmon

7  Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.
8  If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
9  So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
10  So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

 “Go!”

Gospel:  Luke 6:32-36 (NRSV)

The Sermon on the Mount, is recorded in both Matthew and Luke.  Matthew’s version is the famous one, because it retells the story of Jesus as Moses on Mount Sinai and is quite lengthy, Matthew Chapters -5-7.  Luke’s version is the Sermon on the “Plain”, not a mountain, and is much shorter, Luke 6:17-49.    32  “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34  If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35  But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
36  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.

Message  

Message Song                                   “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” – led by Carolyn Raudenbush and Kathie Jones

Prayers                                                                          Anglea Drake

Let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, our nation and all people in need.

A brief silence.

For the all followers of Jesus throughout the world, that guided by the Holy Spirit they plant seeds of grace, love, and understanding.

O God, as your people, we sow peace.

For wilderness and water, wind and wild beasts, and all living things on earth, that God’s goodness is revealed through creation.

O God, as your people, we sow responsibility. 

For the nations of the world and their leaders, for laborers busy both day and night, and for peacemakers amid strife, that God inspire all people to use their strengths wisely.

O God, as your people we sow wisdom.

For the sick and those who provide medical care, for the imprisoned and those who show them mercy, for the lonely and those who provide companionship, for all who suffer (especially Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Ruth, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Marie, Don Ratushny, Kelly & Mike, Mel, Linda, Kristen, Patti and Marie.

Hospitalized this week: Sal Boscia and those we name in our hearts.  A brief silence.,

O God, as your people we sow compassion.

For the congregation gathered here, for students returning to school, for those seeking renewal in their daily work, that all people experience grace and peace.

O God, as your people we sow perseverance.

For our nation and our need for internal soul searching as to what is true, real, and important.

O God, as your people we will sow healthy and helpful conversations.  Amen.

The Lord’s 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.

Closing Hymn                                                He Reigns!” led by CLC Praise Band

Benediction

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.