January 31, 2021
(4th Sunday after Epiphany)
“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore” – Psalm 113:2.
~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~
Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
Pastor: Praise the Lord. We will extol the Lord with all our hearts.
People: Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Pastor: The works of His hands are faithful and just;
People: All His precepts are trustworthy.
Pastor: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow Him have good understanding.
People: To Him belongs eternal praise.
ALL: PRAISE THE LORD! AMEN! (Adapted from Psalm 111)
~ ADORATION & CONFESSION ~
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Father, we have sinned against you through our words, actions, and thoughts. We lack faith in your healing love. You are inexhaustible in your powerful compassion, yet we do not give you much credit for your faithfulness. We are quick to doubt you. We are also quick to boast in our accomplishments and to do good for the sake of a reward. We are reluctant to serve others; we make a god out of our freedoms. Set us free to serve you in the world as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ to who we now confess those things which weigh heaviest on our own hearts. . . (silent confession of sin
. . . .) Lord, hear our prayers. Amen.
Words of Assurance
~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson from the Pentateuch of the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Lesson from the Gospels: Mark 1:21-28
“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Thanks be to God”
Sermon: “Going to Church with Jesus”
~ A moment for silent reflection and meditation will follow the sermon ~
Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed”
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer
~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~
Presentation of Gifts & Offerings
~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~
Charge and Benediction
Remember: “Fead Your Faith – Never Your Fear!”
Summary: How is church relevant? Take Jesus to church. Confront Evil. Claim the Power of Jesus to transform. The authority and power of Jesus amazed everyone in the synagogue of Capernaum, and it makes church relevant today.
Worship is so much more than the songs we sing on Sunday morning. It is the life we live the rest of the week.
II. Is Church Relevant?
III. How Does Church Become Relevant?
- Go to Church with Jesus. (verses 21-22)
- Confront Evil. (Verses 23-26)
- Claim the Power of Jesus Christ. (Verse 27)
IV. The Scriptural Relevancy of Church.
A. The Bible Tells Us to Meet Together as Believers and to Encourage One Another.
B. As Members of the Body of Christ, We Belong to Each Other.
C. When You Give Up on Attending Church, What Is at Stake?
D. Need One More Reason to Go to Church?
V. Conclusion – How Do We Go to Church with Jesus?
~ Announcements ~
SPECIAL NOTE. Our church members who are considered at risk for COVID received their first vaccination and will be notified when to take the second vaccination. Hopefully, before long the vaccine will be made available for everyone. by now most of them have been vaccinated.
men’s & Women’s Breakfast. The Men & Women of the Church will gather Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00 AM at Rancher’s Steak House. All are welcome – bring a friend/neighbor.
THE LORD’S SUPPER. The Lord’s Supper (Communion) will be observed on Sunday, February 7 during worship.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN. The Ladies will meet at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 9, in the Fellowship Hall for the Bible study and lunch TBD. All ladies are welcome.
SESSION MEETING. The Session will meet 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 10 in the Fellowship Hall.
Ash Wednesday Service. An Ash Wednesday service will be conducted February 17 at 6:30 P.M. to allow observance for those wishing to participate in the Lenten Season. Come and prepare yourself for this time of reflection and discernment as we progress to Passion Week and Easter.