Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Greetings!

We know who God is – the One who comes to love us, to forgive us, and to save us. Let us spread this good news, and share this grace and hope, with everyone we meet.

May our service be pleasing to God!
Opening Hymn - Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Call To Worship
We gather in this sacred space,
to offer our thanks to God with all our hearts.
We gather with this community of faith,
to follow Jesus, who longs to lead us into life.
We gather in these moments,
to learn all we can of grace from the Holy Spirit.
The Opening Prayer

You pull on your work boots,
   crafted from love;
you hang justice and peace
   on your tool belt;
you take on rebuilding neighborhoods
   when we would walk away.
What have you to do with us, Holy God?
You model compassion for us.

You take us by the hand
   to lift us to our feet;
you show us the path
   which leads to humility;
you leave a trail of grace crumbs
   so that we might follow.
What have you to do with us, Brother of the poor?
You call us to serve by your side.
 
You plant words of peace
   deep into our hearts;
you raise up little children
   to whisper hope to us;
you stand by the side 
   of all who look for life.

What have you to do with us, Spirit of grace?
You teach us how to build up others with love.
 
What have you to do with us,
God in Community, Holy in One?
Everything it turns out, everything,
as we lift our prayer to you,
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
Praise Hymn: Mighty to Save
Praise Hymn: Open the Eyes of My Heart
Time For Our Children - What does authority mean? Who should we listen to, or what should we rely upon for information? Discuss these questions and more by considering how significant it is that Jesus has power and authority. In this children's message, students will hear how Jesus is the strongest thing we can imagine, and He cares for us and instructs us through His Holy Word.
The Jewish Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The Lord your God will raise up a prophet like me from your community, from your fellow Israelites. He’s the one you must listen to. That’s exactly what you requested from the Lord your God at Horeb, on the day of the assembly, when you said, “I can’t listen to the Lord my God’s voice anymore or look at this great fire any longer. I don’t want to die!”

The Lord said to me: What they’ve said is right. 18 I’ll raise up a prophet for them from among their fellow Israelites—one just like you. I’ll put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. I myself will hold accountable anyone who doesn’t listen to my words, which that prophet will speak in my name. However, any prophet who arrogantly speaks a word in my name that I haven’t commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet must die.

L: This is the word of the Lord
P: Thanks Be to God
Special Music: Miles Walter, piano - All Creatures of Our God and King and Be Thou My Vision
The Gospel Lesson: Mark 1 21-28
Jesus and his followers went into Capernaum. Immediately on the Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and started teaching. The people were amazed by his teaching, for he was teaching them with authority, not like the legal experts. Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, 

“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.”

“Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!”  The unclean spirit shook him and screamed, then it came out.

Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey him!” 28 Right away the news about him spread throughout the entire region of Galilee.

L: This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.      
P: Thanks be to God.
The Message - Pastor Kevan asks are you ready to step over your ideological walls to serve people?
Concerns of the Community

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The Morning Prayers

We come on this holy day, God our God, to speak of how we live.  Politicians, celebrities, talk show folks have become our so-called gods.  Our choices often cause those around us to trip over our anger and slip on our pride.  The words we speak to others show how we really want nothing to do with you.

Forgive us, Holy God, and have mercy on us.  May we silence our fears, so words of hope may be spoken.  May we give thanks not only with our hearts but with the grace we can share with others.  May justice and peace be the tools we use as we serve beside Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We approach you and pray...

For Charlie Cassidy who had surgery this past week. We pray for successful and continued healing.

For Joan Whearty who has had hip replacement surgery.

For those sick with Covid19. God, heal and sustain their bodies and spirits. We pray for those who are in pain, suffering from illness either physical or mental, both at home and in hospital, or hospice.

For the 439,000+ who have died from Covid19, their families, friends and co-workers and all those who are experiencing the consequences of death, whether recently or some time ago.

We pray for our nation and our leaders who lead us day by day and for those taking up new positions in our government.

Help our government to work together towards the good of the nation as we strive to overcome the effects of the pandemic, ailing economy and a divided population.

For our friends working the Covid19 front lines: Alayne Snyder, Drs. Johnny and Riny Kovoor. and Erik Lindholm.

Help all hospital workers as they deal with overwhelming numbers of patients and give them strength to carry on when all seems hopeless and they are weary.

We lay our burdens before you, every single one, for we know they’re much safer in your hands than our own.

God, protect our vulnerable populations and our elderly; provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.

We pray for our families, for every relationship most dear to us, that you would guard our time, and our lives together. 

For our friends, family and colleagues where ever they may be throughout the country and world.

We pray for those who are crying; the sad, the depressed and the anxious. We hope in the promise that God will wipe every tear from our eyes.

We know who God is – the One who comes to love us, to forgive us, and to save us. Thanks be to God.  We will spread this good news, and share this grace and hope, with everyone we meet. We do this through Christ the Lord, Amen.
The Offertory
Gather our gifts, our hearts, our very lives, Loving God, and use them in your work of reconciliation, grace, and hope for all your children.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.
The Benediction
Now, let us go from this sacred space,
to be with the homeless on the streets,
with the lonely in the hospitals.
Now, let us leave this family of God,
to care for those who have been forgotten,
to lift those shoved aside by the world.
Now, let us set aside this holy time,
to go into the moments of hunger for little children,
to be with those whose days seem to have no end.
Closing Hymn - Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies
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