January 23, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

Today we are worshipping on the third Sunday of Epiphany, a season when we continue to look for the illumination of our lives and faith by the light of Christ. May we all feel the presence of God in Christ that brings us together in worship and fellowship in this virtual space.

Adult Faith Formation is offering a four-week adult study class, we’ll hear from four different voices who have a particular view of the pandemic. They’ll reflect on what they are seeing and hearing in their field of work/ministry, and share how they think God is using them. We meet for an hour via Zoom (8:30-9:30 am) and we’d love to have you join us. Everyone is welcome! (Please click this Zoom link to join the class.)

Guest Speakers this month:
  • January 10 - Rev. Julie Windsor Mitchell, a chaplain at Northwestern through United Christian Ministry
  • January 17 - James and Natalie Crockett, Executive Dir. and Program Dir. for mission partner C24/7 in Rogers Park
  • January 24 - Steve Reinhart, works for NorthShore University HealthSystem as the Manager, Ambulatory Quality & Care Transformation. Steve is based out of Evanston Hospital.
  • January 31 - Carol Korak is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Shawnee, MO) and Garrett Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Laura Sherwood
Worship Service, Sunday, January 24, 2021
Family Worship Video, Sunday, January 24, 2021

Prelude
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Welcome and Call to Worship (Psalm 111) 
By this I have known the presence of the Lord:
in the rising of the sun,
in the smile of another’s face,
in the touch of a hand
or the sound of a laugh,

in the scent of a flower
holding the promise of spring.
By this I have known the power of the Lord:
in the healing of hurts,
in the forgiveness of sin,
in the giving of gifts beyond all expectation,
in the shower of love
that comes from God’s Son.
Let us give thanks to the Lord with all of our heart!
Let us worship our God, whose presence and power endures forever!

Opening Hymn No. 629, verses 1, 2 & 3   
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Call to Confession
The One who pardons, heals, and strengthens calls us to name our failings and our hopes. Trusting in the promise of grace, let us pour out our hearts before God. First in a time of silent, personal prayer. (period of silence). Now, let us pray together:


Prayer of Confession 
You, God, are known for your wonderful deeds— your mercy, forgiveness, and love. You have shown us the power of your works time and time again. And yet, we are slow to comprehend; we refuse to acknowledge your gifts; we act self-sufficient as if we provide ourselves everything we need when we know in our hearts that you are the author of life. Forgive us, we pray. As we confess our sins, in thought, word or deed, may your redemptive presence flood our lives that we may praise your name forevermore. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness  
God knows the hearts of those who seek forgiveness, and by grace you have been saved. In Jesus’ name, you are forgiven. Your sins are no more. You have been made clean. God strengthens you with freedom, through the Holy Spirit, in Christ Jesus.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Sung Response No. 842
The Lord Is My Light Jacques Berthier

Peace of Christ and Common Life

Scripture Reading
Mark 1:21-28 
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

Sermon Balm/Healing/Unclean/Cleansed (TBD) Rev. Laura Sherwood

Responsive Hymn No. 795, verses 1, 3 & 4 
Healer of Our Every Ill 
 
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

Call for Offering  
You are invited to participate in the kingdom emerging all around us - to receive the promised Holy Spirit and the invitation to walk in the newness of life. May we respond this morning with glad and generous hearts, freely giving our tithes and offerings to the ministry of this congregation. In lieu of passing the plate, we offer four ways to make your offering: use our church website, our smartphone app, text the word “Wilmette” to the number 77977, or send a check by mail to the church office. As we gather our gifts together and offer them to God, may we do so in gratitude and praise.

Congregational Response - The Doxology (OLD HUNDREDTH - Hymn 606) 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication  
For Earth, which you have molded, 
For creatures and animals, plants, water, air, and fire,
For Jesus who died and rose again,
For the breath of life,
We give you thanks, O god.
Let these gifts be used for good wherever there is need,
In the name of all that you have first given us,
Especially Christ Jesus, your Son, our savior. Amen.

Sending Anthem 
Thanks Be to Thee  G. F. Handel

Charge and Benediction

Postlude
Traumerei Robert Schumann

Worship Leaders:
Rev. Laura Sherwood, preaching
Bill and Gwyneth Sharp, liturgist
Linnea Jacobs, hymn soloist
Chancel Choir, anthem
Greg Korak, postlude
Peggy Massello, Director of Music

Sources:
Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession - From “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © 2008 by Abingdon Press. 
Call to Confession, Assurance of Forgiveness, and Prayer of Dedication - from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, Liturgies for Year B, Volume I, 2014 Westminster John Knox Press.