Sunday Service, January 24, 2021 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 24, 2021 Worship Service 10 a.m.
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
If you just sit and observe,
you will see how restless your mind is.
If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse,
But over time it does calm,
and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle
things- that’s when your intuition starts to blossom
and you start to see things more clearly
And be in the present more.
Your mind just slows down, and
you see a tremendous expanse in the moment.
You see so much more than you could see before.
From the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
Greeter Erica Knowles
Prelude “Lord, Be Glorified / Sanctuary” – piano prelude arranged by Fred Bock
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
Gathering Song “Come Share the Spirit” – led by Deb Wysocki
Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Sage Spohn
The book of Jonah is a comedy starring a reluctant prophet who is given a one-sentence message: Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days. Much to Jonah’s dismay, the people of Nineveh repent. The point of the story is to get the reader to wrestle with the question “On whom should God have mercy?” 1The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. 10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
“Go!” ~ CLC Praise Band
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
Before Jesus calls his first disciples, he proclaims a message that becomes known as “the gospel” or good news from God. God is ready to rule our lives. Those who realize this will respond with repentance and faith.
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “The Summons” (Will You Come and Follow Me) – led by Deb Wysocki
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need. Please begin with your own personal, silent prayer. A brief silence.
O God, we give thanks and pray for the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, for musicians and servers, as they lead all of us to proclaim the good news of God’s love. We will follow their lead.
We will need determination, to follow Jesus’ calling.
O God, we give thanks for your creation – skies and seas, birds and fish, clouds and sun, hills and fields, animals and humans, water to drink and air to breathe. Guide us to follow scientists and be advocates to care for all the earth.
We will need wisdom, to follow Jesus’ calling.
O God, we pray for those who conscientiously and selflessly provide responsible leadership in our cities, our country, and around the world. Today we pray especially for our newly elected and inaugurated President and Vice President. Give them safety and wisdom to guide our country to unity and to inspire the nations and peoples of the world to care for each other.
We will need tolerance, to follow Jesus’ calling.
O God, we pray that in the midst of suffering, your peace and mercy may surround those who are sick, distressed, or grieving, those who are outcast or disenfranchised, and all who await relief, (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, 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, Jonah and Lois Prosser, and Louise Wagner and Sal Boscia, who are hospitalized this week.
We send condolences to the family and friends of David Harte and the family of Denise Kubisek who’s father Dail passed away, and we pray silently for those we name in our hearts.
A brief silence.
We will need compassion, to follow Jesus’ calling.
O God, we pray for our neighborhood, our community, our congregation, for families big and small, 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. May all who seek to know you be nourished by your word offered here.
We will need to listen, to follow Jesus’ calling.
O God, we give thanks for our ancestors in the faith whose lives serve as an example of gospel living. We will follow their example, as they point us to salvation through Christ.
We will need appreciatation, to follow Jesus’ calling.
Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. 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 “Thrive” – 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.