Third Sunday in Ordinary Time January 24, 2021

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: “We Are the Family of God” Campfire Songs p. 34

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: The Solid Rock” arr. by Edward Broughton

Call to Worship 

From God comes my salvation.                                   Ps. 62:1–2

For God alone my soul waits in silence.

God alone is my rock and my salvation.

God is my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day:

The present form of this world is passing away.      1 Cor. 7:31

Therefore, help us to keep our focus on you, Lord,

for true power and steadfast love belong to you.   Ps. 62:11–12

Amen.

Hymn of Praise: #694 “Great God of Every Blessing”

Invitation to Healing

Trusting in the promise of grace, let us pour out our hearts before God.

Prayer for Wholeness

Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully. Forgiving God, we repent of all the ways we turn from you. You call, but we do not listen; you show us your path, but we prefer our own way. Forgive us, heal us, and lead us back to you, that we might show mercy to others. In Jesus’ name we pray.  

               Please continue in silent prayer

Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response Hymn #695 “Change My Heart, O God”

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work 

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

By your Holy Spirit, O God, open our ears, our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to the Holy Word so that it comes to rule within us for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 ~ Lynne Martin

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Psalm Reading: Psalm 62:5-12 ~ Tom Reynolds

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:14-20 ~ Scott Crane

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: More Callings~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: Hymn #170 “You Walk along Our Shoreline”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from James 3:13, 18 in The Message

“Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts….Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others…if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

God of new visions, we pray for people highly placed in power, that they may focus their eyes on you. So, too, we pray for the victims of power, that they may also focus their eyes on you. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for those who bless with their lips but curse with their mouths, including ourselves. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for those who are ill and those facing the end of life. Give them the gift of prayer, that they may pour out their hearts to you. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

We pray for the church and its leaders, that we may hear and respond to your call to be fishers of people. Lord in your mercy, “hear our prayers.

Rock of our salvation, through Christ and your Holy Spirit bring us into the new world that you are shaping even as this world is passing away. We pray this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

God is our rock and our fortress. Let us celebrate our salvation by fearlessly giving a portion of what has already been given to us.

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

An Offering of Thanksgiving: Hymn #710 “We Are An Offering” ~ Scott

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Merciful God, you have saved us for a purpose. We dedicate to you the gifts of our hands, and we dedicate to you our very selves. We thank you that you help us to be your fishers.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”  

Charge

Jesus followed John, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus called Andrew, who called Peter, who taught others to listen for God’s voice calling even more. Christ called to Paul who called Priscilla and Lois, who called her daughter Eunice, who called her son Timothy, who along with my home church growing up called me through the scriptures … and who is calling you once again … to go and do likewise.

Blessing

May the God of second chances renew your sense of call and inspire you to go out and share the good news of forgiveness and hope!

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” ~ Pastor Scott

Question for Reflection:

Psalm 62 ends by saying, “God, you repay to all according to their work.” Some of us may find that statement unsettling. Would you rather have God treat you with the payment you deserve or with the grace that you hope for in Jesus Christ?

Household Prayer for Morning:

Loving God, no matter what I am facing today; mourning or gladness, buying or selling, help me to focus on you throughout it all.  Then, bring me home safely to you. Amen.

Household Prayer for Evening:

Loving God, thank you for the assurance that I live forgiven and loved by you. I need your grace and want to share your grace with others. As I face this night, help me to pour out my heart to you and then rest in peace. Amen

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