Order of Worship

January 24, 2021
 
Focusing on God
 
Solo       Only in God
 
 
Meghan: My sisters and brothers, let us first quiet down,
 
releasing any tensions that may have preceded our arrival,
 
and breathing slowly and deeply of the breath of life.
 
            —–silence—-
 
Rusty: We wait in quietness for God alone,
 
Meghan:  from whom all hope comes.
 
Rusty: Here is the good news:
 
Meghan: The promised time has come,
 
               God’s rule on earth is at hand,
 
               turn and trust the gospel.
 
Rusty: Trust in God at all times,
 
pour out your heart and find refuge.
 
Meghan: God is a rock fortress and our salvation,
 
               in whom is deliverance with honor.
 
 
 
Opening Praise          Sing Praise to God      59
 
Verse 1: Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,
 
The God of pow’r, the God of love, the God of our salvation.
 
With healing balm my soul is filled and every faithless murmur stilled’
 
To God all praise and glory!
 
 
 
Verse 2: What in almighty pow’r was made, God’s gracious mercy keepeth,
 
By morning glow or evening shade, God’s watchful eye ne’re sleepeth.
 
Within the shelter of God’s might, lo! All is just and all is right.
 
To God all praise and glory!
 
 
 
Verse 3: Our God is never far away, throughout all grief distressing
 
an everpresent help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing.
 
As with a mother’s tender hand, God gently leads the chosen band.
 
To God all praise and glory!
 
 
 
Verse 4: Then all my gladsome way along I sing aloud thy praises,
 
that all may hear the grateful song my voice unwearied raises:
 
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart! Both soul and body, bear your part!
 
To God all praise and glory!
 
 
CALL TO WORSHIP*
 
The time is fulfilled;
Repent, and believe in the Good News.
The reign of God has drawn near;
Repent, and believe in the Good News.
Jesus is calling out to us;
Repent and believe in the Good News.
Come, follow me, and gather people,
Repent, and believe in the Good News.
 
 
Morning Psalm          Psalm 62:5-12.
 
 
Prayer Song        As the Deer    Verse 1 only          
 
Verse 1:  As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you.
 
You alone are my hearts desire and my soul longs after you.
 
Chorus: You alone are my strength my shield, to you alone may my spirit yield.
 
You alone are my hearts desire and I long to worship you.
 
 
Morning Prayer**
 
Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
 
 
Sharing joys and concerns, praises and testimonies

 
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
 
Hebrew Bible Lesson             Jonah 3:1-5, 10
 
 
Hymn              Dear Lord and Father of Mankind      523
 
Verse 1: Dear Lord and Father of mankind. Forgive our foolish ways.
 
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find,
 
in deeper reverence praise.
 
 
Verse 2: In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian Sea,
 
the gracious calling of the Lord, ley us, like them, without a word
 
rise up and follow thee.
 
 
Verse 3: O sabbath rest by Galilee! O calm with of hills above,
 
Where Jesus knelt to share to share with the silence of
 
Eternity interpreted by love.
 
 
Verse 4: drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease.
 
Take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
 
The beauty of thy peace.
 
 
Verse 5: Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm.
 
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire, speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
 
O still small voice of calm!
 
 
Sermon           Willing or Unwilling, We Are Called
 
 
Hymn             Lord We have come to the Lakeshore       229
 
 
Verse 1: Lord you have come to the lakeshore looking neither wealthy or wise ones.
 
You only asked me to follow humbly.
 
O Lord with your eyes you have searched me,
 
kindly smiling, have spoken your my name.
 
Now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side
 
I will seek other seas.
 
 
Verse 2: You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold
 
And no weapons; but nets and fishes my daily labor.
 
O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, kindly smiling
 
have spoken my name.
 
Now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side
 
I will seek other seas.
 
 
Benediction