Worship at Home for Sunday January 17 2021

Greeting:

Welcome to worship this the Second Sunday after Ephiphany!

This Sunday we will be meditating on answer the call of Jesus. Take time to think about how you are hearing the call of Jesus in your life.

Announcements:

Welcome Video 

Moment of Silence

Opening Prayer

O God,
you spoke your word
and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ.
Fill all creation with that word again,
so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations
and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples,
we may become one living body,
your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.

Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission.

 

Hymn: “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” My Hymnary # 152

Verse 1 O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Verse 2 Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.

Words: Washington Gladden (1879), Tune: Henry Percy Smith (1874), Public Domain

Passing of the Peace (Smile and wave to those around you.)

Children’s Message The Call of Samuel Samuel 3:1-10

 

Scripture Lesson:

Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from far away.

3 You search out my path and my lying down,

and are acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

O Lord, you know it completely.

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is so high that I cannot attain it.

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written

all the days that were formed for me,

when none of them as yet existed.

17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;

I come to the end—I am still with you.

John 1:43–51

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

Sermon: The Call of Jesus

I find it fascinating that Jesus would call out to people saying follow me, and they would. What is it that the people are seeing in Jesus that motivated them to follow him? Did they see the glimpse that heaven was opened in all its glory by Jesus? Was hope restored in their hearts?

I think that Philip must have felt something very special in Jesus. Enough so that he found Nathaniel and told him about Jesus. Philip describes Jesus as the One whom all the law and the prophets were talking. When Nathaniel is skeptical, Philip invites Nathaniel to come and see.

Each one of us has come to faith, because someone invited us to come and see. True, most of us have been brought to church by our parents. But many come and see because a friend invites them. The call of Jesus begins with an invitation to come and see.

Life offers many invitations. As a child we look forward to getting invited to birthday parties. Birthday parties are fun celebrations. There are also invitations to weddings and graduations as we get older. Invitations are often for special occasions.

The invitation to follow Jesus is a special occasion too. Nathaniel was amazed that Jesus already knew about him and that Jesus was happy to welcome Nathaniel into the fold of followers. Jesus promises that Nathaniel will see heaven opened and angels descending.

The call of Jesus opens heaven for those who hear the call. There is the joy in the Lord that is a part of our daily lives. There are also responsibilities with being a follower. We may be required to serve.

As a pastor in Indiana, I lived among Amish and Mennonite communities. I was a student Pastor in Berne, Indiana in the summer of 1986. One of the questions that I was often asked was, “Do the Amish in Missouri have tops on their buggies?” The Amish in Berne did not. Their current Bishop deemed tops on buggies to frivolous. This Bishop was very concerned about not being to worldly. I pondered the commitment to follow the guidance of this Bishop as I watched Amish families riding in the wooden black wagons and holding up black umbrellas to ward off the rain. So, I asked, “How does one get to be the Bishop?” The answer was, “They pull his name out of a hat.”

At first, I thought that they were joking, but later I found it out to be true. When it came time to choose a new bishop all the men who were eligible for the position would have their names thrown into a hat. Then a name would be drawn from the hat. That person would then serve as Bishop. It was a trust in the Spirit to call the right person for the responsibility to lead others in following Jesus.

That is an interesting thought on a Sunday when we elect a new slate of Church Council members. Each of our new council members is answering the call of Jesus in a new way today. They have been invited by our church to serve and have said yes. Our prayers and thanks are with Vicky Huebner, Beth Walker, Bob Niebruegge and Liz Clancy.

I would also like to express gratitude to our outgoing Church Council members for their two years of service. Thank you to Vickie Mayberry, Ricky Hacker, Imy Vitoux and Jean Baker. Special thanks to Jean for serving as the Church Council President during this very challenging year of pandemic. Thank you to all who answer the call of Jesus to serve.

I invite all of us to listen for Jesus’ call in our lives. To look for glimpses of heaven being opened up for us to see angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. Then go and let someone else know about Jesus too.

Prayer*:

Sisters and brothers,
let us lift our hearts in faith
to the one who hears all prayers
and holds close all those in need.

Take a moment to lift ourselves and others in prayer. Pray for those on our prayer list. Read through the names on our prayer list and imagine that God is surrounding them and us with healing love and strength.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe
into your radiant presence
and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.
Bring healing to all wounds,
make whole all that is broken,
speak truth to all illusion,
and shed light in every darkness,
that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Silent Prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer list:

Simon, Howard, Julia, Ahna, Mike, Josh, Priscilla, Duane, Janet, Grandpa David, Jacob, Jenny, Ann, Dale, Gayle, Don, Cheryl, Dustin, Pat, Student with eating disorder, Tate, Patricia, Roland, Aryanna, Amanda, Virginia, Matthew, Tom, Naomi, Vic, Jennelle, Charlie, James, Rick, Christy, Reagan, Kim, Lee, Kevin, Gaylynn, Liz’s sister in law, Nathan, Jason, Cheryl, Daniel, Betty, Dax, Carter, Jock, Nancy, Pat, Malachi and Karen, Carolyn, Ellen, Shirley, Mary, Karen, Paul, Hal, Richard, Crystal, Edie, Paula, Jim, Judy, Laura F, Shirley, Butch, Joyce., Macie, Michel, Dorothy L, Corey, Lauren, Anonymous Cancer Patient, Bernice, Mike, Gary S., Linda, Pat, Gary, Laurie Lee, Gail, Brenda, Breana, Dean, Corey, Jeff, Nancy, Terry, Bev, Angie, Mark, Mamie, Dave ,Anna, Ruth, Louise, Jim L., Peggy, youth struggling with mental health issues, Shawn, Lindsey, Sue, Janet, Diann, Danna.

Special prayers:

  • For our Nation.
  • Medical workers and more whose lives have been affected by the pandemic.
  • The Family of Dorothy Wallace at her passing this week. Special prayers for Marcie.

 

Musical Response

Psalm Video “Where Can I Go?” Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
Used with permission. See Copyrights on the video.

 

Goodwill/Offering

  • Please consider giving to the Ministerial Alliance this month.
  • Give thanks for the call of Jesus.

Prayer of Dedication

God you have made us with love and call us to live in your ways. May these our offerings be signs of healing and love in a troubled world. Amen.

Going Forth: “Open My Eyes My Hymnary #266 verse 1

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Words and Music: Clara H. Scott (1895), Public Domain

 

Benediction

Go from this time of worship looking and listening for the call of God in your life.

Go in peace and love. Amen.

* Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission.

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Daily Prayer and Scripture for the Week of January 17, 2021

Each day read a verse or two of the Psalm. Take a moment to meditate on the words.

Ask yourself, “What is God saying to me today?” Write down your thoughts.

Pray for those on our prayer list. Pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Psalm 62:5-12
62:5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

62:7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

62:9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

62:10 Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

62:11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,

62:12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.

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