Worship Service – January 10, 2021
10:15am Facebook Live Stream Worship Sunday
Opening Prayer: Word of God, speak, for your servants are listening. (Pause for silent prayer.)
Spirit of creation and renewal, hover over our gathering this day, as you hovered over creation on that first day. Enter into our hearts and our lives, as you did at the day of our baptism. Descend on us like a dove, as you did on Jesus’s day of baptism, that we may hear again your words of love and adoption. Speak from the heavens into our minds, that we may perceive your words of guidance and wisdom.
Passing of the Peace: (L)The Peace of Christ be with you
(P) And Also with you.
Opening Hymn: Shine Jesus Shine
How Great is Our God
CALL TO CONFESSION
Hebrews 4:14 14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. So, let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together.
Prayer of Confession: When our hearts are hard as stone, soften us with your grace. When our lives are riddled with sin and pain, heal us with your mercy. When our ears are ringing with self-doubt and cynicism, strengthen us with words of faith and love. When our minds are muddled with confusion and fear, enlighten us with the radiance of your wisdom. Speak to our spirits from the truth of your being, the reality of your love, and the promise of your forgiveness, that we may hear your voice clearly and follow where you call us to go.
Words of Assurance: Hear the truth of God’s voice breaking through the clouds of our lives: “You are my child, the one I dearly love. I delight in your creation.” “You are my child, the one I dearly love. I delight in your creation.”
Hymn of Illumination Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus (1st Verse only) UMH# 349
Remember the words Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Offertory Music Charles Smith
Offering (click here to tithe online)
Offertory Prayer: Bless these gifts with your voice of creation, your healing, and your love, Mighty God. Transform our meager offerings into abundant gifts for a world in need of your light and life. Amen.
The Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-11
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response Thy Word is a Lamp UMH# 601
Message “Shattered” by Shelly Foiles Harvey
Closing Hymn Praise to the Lord the Almighty (3 Stanzas only) UMH #139