28 January 2021

Gathering Music

Call to Worship

Janelle Gayle & Jiwon Yoon

I rejoiced when they said unto me let us go to the house of the Lord!
Now our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem!
Jerusalem is built like a city joined together in unity.
The thrones of justice are there—the thrones of the house of David!
Let those who love you, God, have rest.
For the sake of my family and friends, I say, “Peace be with you”
For the sake of love, I will pray for your good.
Come let us worship God!

Hymn of Welcome

“Be Thou My Vision”

Hyemin Park, Brendan Fox, Mark Miller, Jillian Tundidor, Gwiseok Lee

Scripture

Mark 2:23-3:6

Janice McCrostie

23 One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26 He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28 so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

3 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” 4 Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Response

“Hananim”

Homily

“A Citizen’s Agenda”

Dean Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre

Anthem

“Creation of Peace”

Prayer of the Day

You call us, Wanderer of seashores and sidewalks, inviting us to sail out of our smug harbors into the uncharted waters of faith; to wander off from our predictable paths to follow you into the unpredictable footsteps of the kingdom; to leave the comfort of our homes and accompany you into the places we usually avoid.

As we wait, in our simple, sometimes crazy, constantly uncertain lives, speak to us, Spirit of Grace: of that hope which is our anchor; of that peace which is our rock; of that grace which is our refuge. In the name of the one who loves us and sets us free we pray, Amen.

Blessing

Dean Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre

Sending

“All My Days”


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship: adapted by Kelsey Wallace from Psalm 122

Prayer of the Day: adapted by Kelsey Wallace from a prayer by Rev. Bob Gibson posted on http://www.londonconference.ca/

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