4 February 2021

Gathering Music

Call to Worship

God comes into a world filled with uncertainties.
God seeks out the voids of belief and conviction.
God embraces the wounded and broken.
God knocks down the walls of division and strife.
God is the beacon of hope in the grief of our days.
God is the light of our lives.
God is the one who makes all things new.
Praise be to God, now and forevermore!

Hymn

“Wonderful Words of Life”

Philip P. Bliss, 1874 arr M Miller

Led by Brendan Fox and Hayoung Kang

Scripture

Mark 11:12-14

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

Homily

“Revisiting the Fig Tree”

Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson

Musical Response

“Children Will Listen”

By Stephen Sondheim from Into the Woods

Sung by Julian Wamble

Prayer of the Day

Led by Thurselle Chisolm-Williams

Blessing

Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson

Sending

“Child of God”

Drew University Ubuntu Choir, in rehearsal, 2014


Worship Notes:

Call to Worship: adapted by Kelsey Wallace from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/01/call-to-worship-prayer-epiphany-4b.html

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