SUNDAY WORSHIP

HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR SUNDAY ZOOM CHURCH SERVICE.  It is regularly being updated as more information comes in. 

 

Sunday, January 24, 2021,  10:00 am

 

9:45 Fellowship Check-In to see and hear our friends and family.  We can chat as if we are in the Narthex until 10:00 when the service begins.  Please mute your microphone when you are not participating to reduce noise.

 

CHECK-IN    Please mute unless talking.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Unmute yourself to participate.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK?  Unmute yourself to participate.  Then please mute yourself again until Joys and Concerns.

 

BREATHING PRAYER

Breathe in: “Jesus is calling …

Breath out: “… and I will follow.”

 

PRELUDE: LET US PREPARE OUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO WORSHIP GOD.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

L: Christ is calling you as disciples
P: Lord Jesus, let us follow you faithfully.

L: You will be led into fields of mission and service.
P: Lord Jesus, where you lead us, we will go.

L: Listen for Christ’s call to you.
P: We are ready to serve the Lord. AMEN.

 

OPENING HYMN: Tu Has Venido a la Orilla (Lord, You Have come to the Lakeshore) UMH #344

  1. Lord, you have come to the lakeshore

    looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones.

    You only asked me to follow humbly.

Refrain
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.

  1. You know so well my possessions;

    my boat carries no gold and no weapons;

    But nets and fishes my daily labor.

Refrain

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.

  1. You need my hands, full of caring,

    through my labors to give others rest,

    and constant love that keeps on loving.

Refrain
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.

  1. You, who have fished other oceans,

Ever longed for by souls who are waiting,

my loving friend, as thus you call me

Refrain
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.

JOYS AND CONCERNS: Please Share JOYS as well as concerns by unmuting your mic. Please offer each in the form of a simple prayer.

For example: “Dear Lord, please heal my friend John.” Or “Thank you God for healing my friend John.”

   

UNISON OPENING PRAYER:

O God, you are our light and our salvation. Living in your presence, we have nothing to fear. Open our hearts to your word this day. As we hear the story of the call of the first disciples, make us ready to follow Jesus on whatever path he leads us. Cast aside our fears and doubts, and teach us to trust wholly in you. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

   

PASTORAL PRAYER

“Lord, you have come to the lakeshore, looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones. You only ask me to follow humbly. The words from this lovely hymn paint pictures of hard-working people, going about their daily tasks when they are confronted by Jesus. This same Jesus, who long ago called to those first disciples, calls to us each today. Our “lakeshores” are different. They are the places where we work and where we live. Yet in this song, Jesus is coming for each one of us, just as we are and inviting us to follow him humbly.

We have lifted the names of loved ones today in prayerful petition for God’s healing love. We have uttered in our hearts names and situations that it would break our hearts to speak. And God hears all our cries and responds in love. This is one of the faithful works of the church; the work of prayer, asking for God’s healing mercy and blessings.

It is especially fitting that today, as a church, we ask for your mercy and blessing upon all who serve in our government. We ask your blessings upon President Biden who assumes leadership of our country and President Trump who is transitioning to a new life and new challenges. Grant us strength and unity as individuals and as a nation.

As we have offered our prayers, let us also offer our lives, trusting in God’s love and call to us, responding with confidence. As we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us, let us hear your call, and respond to your voice.

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.

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 thine is the kingdom and the power,

and the glory forever and ever. AMEN

 

SPECIAL MUSIC: PROCESSION TRUMPET SOLO, STEVE REINTS

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

JONAH 3:1-5, 10 (CEB)

The Lord’s word came to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and declare against it the proclamation that I am commanding you.” And Jonah got up and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s word. (Now Nineveh was indeed an enormous city, a three days’ walk across.)

Jonah started into the city, walking one day, and he cried out, “Just forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and put on mourning clothes, from the greatest of them to the least significant.

10 God saw what they were doing—that they had ceased their evil behavior. So God stopped planning to destroy them, and he didn’t do it.

Mark 1:14-20 (CEB)

14 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, 15 saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

16 As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 18 Right away, they left their nets and followed him. 19 After going a little farther, he saw James and John, Zebedee’s sons, in their boat repairing the fishing nets. 20 At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.

SERMON TITLE: A TALE OF TWO CALLS; CHOICES

CLOSING HYMN: Lift Every Voice and Sing   UMH #519

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list’ning skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the day that hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet,
Come to the place on which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee,
Least our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
Shadowed beneath the hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

OFFERTORY STATEMENT

UNISON GOING FORTH PRAYER

As the disciples walked with Christ so long ago, let us walk with Christ in our hearts and spirits. May we feel the power of the Holy Spirit guiding our paths. Let us receive the love of God which is poured out for us and rejoice. Let us go forth in peace and love. AMEN.

HYMN OF PARTING: SHALOM TO YOU

Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.

May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.

In all your living and through all your loving

Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE

 

Video of today’s worship can be found at indioumc.com

 

 

Unmute yourself if you would like to say goodbye to everyone.