Worship Service – January 24, 2021
10:15am Facebook Live Stream Worship Sunday
Opening Prayer: Teach us anew, rock of our salvation, how your kingdom has come near. As you called Simon and Andrew long ago, call us to be your disciples this day, that we might find refuge and strength as we face the destructive forces of our lives. Grant us the strength to wait for you in silence, that we might meet you in the subterranean chambers of our souls.
For in you we rest secure, in you we abide in holy love. Amen.
Passing of the Peace: (L) The Peace of Christ be with you.
(P) And also with you.
Opening Hymn: God of Wonders
CALL TO CONFESSION
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. So, let us draw near to God with sincerity and confidence, and pray together.
Prayer of Confession: Mighty God, the words of your Son echo in our ears: “The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” How we long to set aside the advice of others and put our trust firmly in you. How we yearn for the faithfulness of James and John, who immediately left their boats to follow Jesus. We know our fearful hearts, O
God. We know how far we are from being able to trust a complete stranger- especially with our very lives. We hope to one day have their devotion, even as we cannot find the nerve to leave familiar paths behind. Renew us, Holy One, and bless us with your steadfast love, that we might truly live as people who have seen your kingdom draw near. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Just as God forgave the people of Nineveh when they repented and turned from their ways, so God will forgive us also, when we turn to walk in the paths of life. Pout out your hearts before God, our refuge and our strength. Pour out your hearts and find peace.
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 Sue Keasler
Offering (click to tithe online)
Offertory Prayer: God of abundance, you teach us the dangers of setting our hearts on earthly riches. May these offerings be symbols of our faith in your bounty, and of our commitment to follow your call in our lives, wherever you may lead.
The Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
L: This is the word of the Lord.
P: Thanks be to God.
Song of Response Thy Word is a Lamp UMH# 601
Message Heart of the Servant John Edru Granadosin
Closing Hymn Take my Life and Let it Be UMH #399