Sunday Service, January 31, 2021 – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
To be Non Virtuous:
Wealth without Work
Pleasure without Conscience.
Knowledge without Character.
Business without Ethics.
Science without Humanity.
Religion without Sacrifice.
Politics without Principle. Ghandi’s 7 habits of virtue
Greeter Angela Drake
Prelude “Calling” by Jim Brickman
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 “ Spirit Open My Heart” – Led by Brenda Tarulli
Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Corky Blake
Paul is concerned about the way some Corinthian Christians use their freedom in Christ as license to engage in non-Christian behavior that sets a damaging example to other, impressionable believers. Christians have a responsibility to each other that their behavior does not cause another to sin.
1Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 3but anyone who loves God is known by him.
4Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords—6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
7It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8“Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? 11So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.
“Thy Word” ~ led by Nora Feather
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
Forces that would bring death and disease have taken hold of a man, yet they recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them. Jesus commands these forces to leave and people are amazed at his authority.
21[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.
Message Song “Healer of Our Every Ill” ~ led by Caitlin McNeish
Prayers Brenda Tarulli
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 silent personal prayer. A brief silence.
We know that it is not only pastors and teachers who are commissioned to share your good news. We are, too. We pray for the courage and understanding to proclaim your love in all we say and do. We are your light, for all of your creation.
We know that you have given us your creation to use wisely and protect. We promise to do this, with your guidance. We are your light, for all of your creation.
We know that you want the best for us. To this end, guide and protect government officials and leaders of cities and nations, rescue professionals and legal aid attorneys, grassroots organizers and all who are responsible for the well-being of civil society. We will support them in their honest work. We are your light, for all of your creation.
We know that you do not wish your loved ones to suffer. Give us insight to find the ways that we can use to help those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Give your comfort to those who are sick and hospitalized, those throughout the world who are suffering from the COVID-19 virus, those living with HIV/AIDS, those struggling with mental illness, those who are hungry or homeless, and all in any need. Give strength and understanding to caregivers, hospice workers, and home health aides. Especially we pray for 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, Jonah and Lois Prosser, Claudia, Louise Wagner and Donna Bergstresser. Sal Boscia who is in hospice care and Lois Hazel who is hospitalized this week, and we pray silently for those we name in our hearts. . A brief silence.
We are your light, for all of your creation.
We know that you are interested in our everyday lives. Bless this congregation and guide us as we plan for new, ambitious undertakings. Protect those who travel, those who are absent from our worship today. Fill with joy those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. Guide us to find and minister to people, known and unknown, who are in need.
We are your light, for all of your creation.
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 “Reckless Love” — 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.