21 January 2020

Call to Worship

One: God of blazing light, through the power of the cross you shattered our darkness,
Many: scattering the fears that bind us and setting us free to live as your children.
One: Give us courage and conviction
Many: that we may joyfully turn and follow you into new adventures of faithful service, led by the light that shines through Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

Opening Hymn

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:
Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.


Psalm 27:1, 4-9

27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

27:4 One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

27:5 For God will hide me in God’s shelter in the day of trouble; God will conceal me under the cover of God’s tent: God will set me high on a rock.

27:6 Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in God’s tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

27:7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

27:8 “Come,” my heart says, “seek God’s face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.

27:9 Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

Hymn of Preparation

Lead Me, Guide Me

Lead me, guide me, along the way,
For if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

I am weak and I need thy strength and power
To help me over my weakest hour.
Help me through the darkness thy face to see,
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

Lead me, guide me, along the way,
For if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

Help me tread in the paths of righteousness,
Be my aid when Satan and sin oppress.
I am putting all my trust in thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

Lead me, guide me, along the way,
For if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with thee.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me.


Matthew 4:12-23

4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.

4:13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,

4:14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

4:15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles

4:16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen.

4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

4:21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.

4:22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Silent Meditation

Reflective Liturgy and Prayer

One: Dr. King’s work reminds us:
church and state must work together for the common good;
laws must establish justice for all,
but hearts must change for the Beloved Community to flourish.

Many: We will do the work of justice for all;
we will open our hearts to an ever-expanding vision of community.
We will trust the Spirit of God to guide and move us between the present and the anticipated Realm of Justice.

One: Dr. King’s vision inspires us:
“We are tied together in a single garment of destiny caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

Many: We will work for a world where lives are enriched by difference;
where people of different genders, races and sexual orientations work together in Shalom for the good of the whole.
We will work for a nation where persons will be judged solely upon the content of their characters.

One: Dr. King’s words challenge us:
“…injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Many: We will listen to the cries of the poor;
we will stand in solidarity with those who suffer oppression;
we will take as our own the hopes of all who long for full human life;
we will create in our midst the Beloved Community with room for all, justice for all, joy for all, Shalom for all.
We will listen to the voice of the Christ, who stirs about liberating all minds, hearts and spirits.

One: Dr. King’s life inspires us:
“I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land…I still believe that someday we shall overcome.”

Many: We will overcome because of our faith and trust in God.
We will reach the goal laid before us without faltering.
We will never give up our hope for equality with one another.
We will live Dr. King’s dream into our reality

Sung Response

We Shall Overcome

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome, someday!
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome, someday!

Table Liturgy

One: The Lord be with you.
Many: And also with you.
One: Lift up your hearts!
Many: We lift them up to the Lord!
One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise!

One: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. You crafted us in your image, and breathed into us the breath of life. When we were unfaithful, your great love remained faithful. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us in powerful ways through Your prophets, who commanded us to love those who hurt, to provide for those who need, and to include those who exist on the margins. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Many: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of our glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

One: Holy are you and blessed is your son, Jesus Christ. He taught us and showed us what it meant to be faithful–in life, in service, and even in death. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, communed with sinners, and commanded us to do the same for the sake of your beloved community. Christ humbled himself to the point of death–and through his suffering, death, and resurrection, you gave birth to your church. Your beautiful, complex, imperfect, and redeemed church, and commissioned us to live out the mission of Christ and bring your kindom to earth. You did this, O God, by making a new covenant with us through water and the Spirit.

On the night when Christ gave himself up for us, he took bread, blessed it, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

And when the supper was over, he took the cup. He gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples and said, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant poured out for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Many: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again! Hosanna in the Highest!

One: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here and on these gifts of bread and cup. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, so that we might be for the world, the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Though your Holy Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly and bountiful banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with your Holy Spirit, in your Holy church, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and forever.

Many: Amen. Hosanna in the highest!

And now, with the confidence of children of God, let us pray the prayer Christ taught us:

Our God who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Music During Communion

If I Can Help Somebody

If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or a song,
If I can show somebody he is travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain!

Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain!
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain!

If I can do my duty as a Christian oft,
If I can bring back beauty to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love’s message that the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain!

Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain!
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain!


Sending Forth

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of the spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my savior all the day long.

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