Sunday Service, January 17, 2021 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Martin Luther King Weekend

We may have all come on different ships but we are in the same boat now!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prelude                                   “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul”  – Organ and Piano Duet by John Peterson, arranged by Harold DeCou


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

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




Gathering Song                                 “God We Gather As Your People” ~  led by Brenda Tarulli  

Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-20                                             Angela Drake

At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.


1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the 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. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and 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. 6The 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.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The 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. 9Therefore 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.
10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his family, from beginning to end. 13For I have told him that I am about to punish his family forever, for the sin that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the family of Eli that the sin of Eli’s family shall not be forgiven by sacrifice or offering ever.”
15Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” 17Eli said, “What was it that God told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that God told you.” 18So Samuel told Eli everything and hid nothing from him. Then Eli said, “It is the Lord; let God do what seems good to God.”
19As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.

“Go!” ~ CLC Praise Band

Gospel: John 1:43-51

In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to “Come and see.”

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip 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.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And 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.”

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


Message Song                                   “Listen, God Is Calling” – led by Kathie Jones, Carolyn Raudenbush and Steve Wysocki

Prayers                                                                                    Kathie Jones

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.  Let us begin with silent personal prayers.  A brief silence.

We pray for the body of Christ gathered throughout the world and for all servants of the gospel, that following Jesus, the church lives out its calling every day.  We, as part of the body of Christ, vow to live in ways that follow Jesus.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

We pray for the well-being of creation, for plants and animals, and for all that God has marvelously made.  We will serve as wise stewards of Earth, our home.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

We pray for police officers and firefighters, for attorneys and paralegals, for peacekeepers and military personnel, and for the leaders of governments, that they provide protection to all people, especially the most vulnerable.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

We pray for our divided country, shocked and shattered by the recent incidents in Washington and our Capitol.  Guide us as we promise to search for ways to heal the hearts that have been broken, the minds that have been shattered, the bodies that have been injured, and the democracy that has been threatened.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

We pray for all who suffer – for those lacking food or shelter, for those who are imprisoned or homebound, for those who are sick or grieving, (especially Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Ruth, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, 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, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Mel, Linda, Kristen, Patti, Marie, Tim M., Dianne, The Piccuirro Family and Jonah.

Condolences to the family and friends of David Harte

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

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

We pray for our neighborhood, for visitors joining us for the first time or returning, for those who are joining us by Zoom from faraway places, and for those absent from our Zoom gathering. We pray that all who seek to know You are nourished by Your word offered here.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

O God of all ages, we give thanks for the saints and our beloved ones who have gone before us. We will look to their lives to give us a vision of the gospel in action.

Our ears and hearts, will be open to your word.

Knowing that you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus.  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                          “Make a Difference” – led by CLC Praise Band                                                        

Benediction                   “May the God of Hope Go With Us” (Dios de la esperanza) – led by Brenda Tarulli

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


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