02-07-2021: “Growing Up”

February 7, 2021

(5th 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.

People: How good it is to sing our praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

Pastor: He reveals His words to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.

People: He has done this for no other nation; they do not know His laws.

ALL: PRAISE THE LORD! AMEN! (Adapted from Psalm 147)

~ ADORATION & CONFESSION ~

Prayer of Adoration

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We fail to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, and we have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of Assurance

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from the Pentateuch of the Old Testament: Isaiah 40:21-41

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Ephesians 4:1-16

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

Lesson from the Gospels: Mark 1:29-39

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Thanks be to God”

Sermon:“Growing Up”
~ 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

  • The Doxology

~ THE LORD’S SUPPER ~

The Passing of the Peace:

Offering: “The Peace of Christ be with you.” Acceptance: “And also with you.”

Holy Communion

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Great Thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Words of Institution

Communion of the People

Communion Prayer (Unison)

Almighty God, you provide true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of his body and blood may abide in him and he in us, that we may be filled with the power of his endless life, now and forever – Amen.

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Fead Your Faith – Never Your Fear!”

“Growing Up”

Ephesians 4:7-16

Summary: In Ephesians 4:15-16 we learn one more way Christ grows his church.

I. Introduction.

II. The Christian Goal is to Grow in Spiritual Maturity.

A. The Foundation for Church Growth Is Gifted Membership (4:7-10)

B. The Essential for Church Growth Is Gifted Leadership (4:11)

C. The Means of Church Growth Is Ministry (4:12a)

D. The Goal of Church Growth Is Maturity (4:12b-14)

E. The Manner of Church Growth Is Speaking the Truth in Love (4:15-16)

III. Growth Starts Inside First and Then Outside.

IV. Conclusion.

~ Announcements ~

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 activities:

“Drive Through Ashes and Prayer”. From 10 AM-1PM, Wednesday, February 17, at under the drive through porch at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Buddy Wheat along with Rev. Stephen Schmidt will offer the imposition of the ashen cross and a blessing or prayer for those who are short on time or are not ready to return to “in person worship” yet. We will wear a mask and follow other sanitary precautions in an effort to keep you safe.

“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.

BIRTHDAY FUND. Several years ago, the Birthday Fund was established to raise funds to use in our community mission outreach. Each birthday celebrant was to donate a dollar for each year celebrated. Please consider donating to this gracious fund when you celebrate your birthday. Feel free to designate your gift.

SPECIAL NOTE. Our members who are considered at risk for COVID have had all had their first vaccinations. They will be notified when their second vaccination is ready. As more vaccine is made available to Coryell Health and elsewhere, there will e more opportunities for making appointments.