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Fish Bait (worship video) – 1/24/21

Words for Worship – 1/24/21

The story of Jesus continues with a famous catch of fish. If you grew up in church, you’ll likely remember singing “I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men…” You might just hear that song this week! You can find out and find all the other words we’ll use in worship below. Or, download and print a copy here.

Prelude               It Is Well With My Soul

Call to Worship – Psalm 107

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind.
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
   and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Some went down to the sea in ships,
   doing business on the mighty waters;
they saw the deeds of the Lord,
   his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
   which lifted up the waves of the sea.

They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
   their courage melted away in their calamity;
they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
   and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he brought them out from their distress;
he made the storm be still,
   and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Then they were glad because they had quiet,
   and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
   for his wonderful works to humankind.
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
   and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

 Song – Day by Day  #437

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, in Jesus Christ you have promised us abundance; an abundance of peace and an abundance of life; even eternal life. It is a gift that we only have to receive. Yet, we confess that we sometimes take this gift for granted forgetting that the promise is fulfilled as we follow Jesus. And, we confess that we sometimes keep the good news of this gift all to ourselves, not wanting to share it with others; especially with others who might require us to change. Renew our minds with your Holy Spirit that your abundance would be enough for all and for everyone. Give us the courage to share it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Song – Softly, Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling #615

Words of Assurance

Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Anthem – Oceans

Scripture – Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Sermon

Song – Take My Life and Let It Be #863

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Benediction

Sending Song – Jesus, Light of the World  #100 (refrain only)

To Be Anointed (worship video) – 1/17/21

Words for Worship – 1/17/21

Since the new year, we’ve been paging through the gospel of Luke. This week we read about how Jesus’s ministry began. There is no shortage of controversy! All the words that we’ll be using in worship this week are below. You can also download and print a copy here.

Prelude               Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine

Call to Worship – Psalm 82

To you, O Lord, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Hear the voice of my supplication,
   as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
   towards your most holy sanctuary.
Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
   he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
   be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

 Song – Come, Christians Join to Sing!  #599

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, you are a refuge and our strength. You hear cries for help and see hands lifted high in praise. You are a faithful shield for all who trust in you. And, that’s where you confess to stumbling and struggling. We believe in you. We agree that you are the truth. We long for Spirit. But, we struggle to follow your call in this fallen world. We stumble through temptations and distractions. So, we ask for your Spirit once again to find our way back to the way of Christ and walk further down his path. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

ANTHEM – I Give You My Heart (see #340)

Words of Assurance

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you was not ‘Yes and No’; but in him it is always ‘Yes.’ 

For in Christ every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’

For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen’, to the glory of God. 

But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

Song – Jesus, Light of the World  #100

Scripture – Luke 4:14-30

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind,
     to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’ And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’ When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Sermon

Song – When Peace Like a River #451

Ordination & Installation of Elders & Deacons

God of grace, pour out your Holy Spirit, gentle as a dove, burning as a fire, upon Annette, Don, and Monica. Fill them with grace and power for this ministry of Deacon & Elder. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – You Are My Hiding Place (see #412)

Benediction

Sending Song – Jesus, Light of the World  #100 (refrain only)

The Lord of the Nations (worship video) – 1/10/21

Words for Worship – 1/10/21

We’ll be gathering for worship this Sunday as we always do. The year is off to a tragic and painful start and we’ll try to find space for healing and hope. Jesus offers both. If you’re joining us online, you can find the words for worship below. You can also download and print a copy here.

Prelude               We Three Kings of Orient Are

Call to Worship – Psalm 82

God has taken his place in the divine council;
   in the midst of the gods he holds judgement:
‘How long will you judge unjustly
   and show partiality to the wicked?’
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
   maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
   they walk around in darkness;
   all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I say, ‘You are gods,
   children of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
   and fall like any prince.’
Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
   for all the nations belong to you!

 Song – All Creatures of Our God and King #551

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, our nation struggles to find its way out of turmoil. Some of us confess that we’d rather ignore it. Others of us confess to a growing resentment of people who disagree. We all confess to a weariness in the face of it. Still, we know that you have called us to be a light to the world and to teach the nations. Bless us with your Spirit. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage. Give us a voice to speak up for those whose are ignored and a love willing to sacrifice for your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Song – As With Gladness Men of Old  #105

Words of Assurance

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

See, the home of God is among mortal. God will dwell with them; they will be his people and, God himself will be with them; the Lord will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the lamb.

On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Anthem – Jesus, Light of the World (see #100)

Scripture – Luke 3:1-22

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
   and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
   and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’

And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. But Herod the ruler, who had been rebuked by him because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done, added to them all by shutting up John in prison.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

Sermon

Song – Hear Our Praises #302

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – Beautiful One (see #607)

Benediction

Sending Song – Jesus, Light of the World  #100

REMINDER – Congregational Meeting This Sunday (1/10/21)

We’ll be meeting following worship this Sunday for our annual congregational meeting. It’s important to have a good representation of the membership present. So, please come if you are able. The two big items on the agenda are approving the budget and electing new elders and deacons.

New Deacons: Monica Ruhle, Don Bailey (1 yr)

New Elder: Annette Updyke

Please join us in thanking Laurie Bohlke and Jane Coles for their MANY years of service.

Grow in Wisdom (worship video) – 1/3/21

Congregational Meeting – 1/10/21

Next Sunday, January 10, we’ll be gathering or our annual congregational meeting. It’s important to have as many members in attendance as possible because we have two items that need official approval. The meeting will happen immediately following worship. First, we have to approve the budget for 2021. Second, we have to elect a new elders and deacons. The nominees for this year are:

Elders – Annette Updyke

Deacons – Monica Ruhle, Don Bailey (1 yr term)

They will be serving with Brad Ebersole, Dan Huston, and Willette Lewis.

Thank you for your extra effort and attention to these details. We’re looking forward to another year of growing in community outreach and support as we get involved on our diverse island.

Words for Worship (w/ Communion) – 1/3/21

We’ll gather this Sunday at 9:30am to celebrate a new year and join together for a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It promises to be a festive occasion! You can join us in person (with a mask), but as we continue to see a rise in cases on the island, we’re recommending that people worship with us online. You can find the words we’ll be using below or download and print a copy here.

Prelude               Joy to the World/For Unto Us a Child is Born

Call to Worship – Proverbs 2:1-11

My child, if you accept my words
   and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
   and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
   and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
   and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
   and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
   from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
   he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
   and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
   and equity, every good path;
for wisdom will come into your heart,
   and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
prudence will watch over you;
   and understanding will guard you.

Song – Joy To the World #92

Prayer of Confession

Most High and holy God, we have gained knowledge through the generations. We have increased in our intelligence throughout our lives. But, who among us is truly wise? What is wisdom? Where can we find it? We confess to being wise in our own eyes. We confess to twisting your wisdom to fit our own wills. We must confess that there are moments when your wisdom seems foolish to us. Bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we can grow in the mind of Christ. Renew our minds so that, like Christ, we too can increase in divine and human favor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Song – Once In Royal David’s City #87

Words of Assurance

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favour and good repute in the sight of God and of people.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.

Anthem – There’s A New Song a Ringin’

Scripture – Luke 2:39-52

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

Sermon

Song – Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! #98

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

Lift up your hearts.

WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.

O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

We praise you… until we feast together in your eternal Kingdom

THROUGH CHRIST, WITH CHRIST, IN CHRIST, IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ALL GLORY AND HONOR ARE YOURS, ALMIGHTY GOD, NOW AND FOREVER.  AMEN

Prayers w/ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

Offertory – As With Gladness Men of Old

Benediction

Sending Song – Go, Tell It On the Mountain  #93