3rd Sunday After Epiphany – 1/24/21

Love Is All You Knead – Psalm 78.1-4 & Matthew 13.33-35
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GATHERING

Announcements:
The number of COVID19 cases in our immediate area is such that we will continue to only offer worship online until it is reasonably safe for us to reopen.
Until that time, we will continue to offer mid-week prayers, live videos, and email devotionals.
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New Series: The Jesus Prayer Book
“It may indeed be said the purpose of the Psalms is to turn the soul into a sort of burning bush.”

Hymn 249 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.

Prayer:
Lord you have called us here together to praise you, to hear your Word, to call on you, and to lay in your hands whatever afflicts us and whatever we need. Be now among sand instruct us, so that all that is fearful and despairing, all that is vain and defiant, even all our unbelief, may be made small; so that you can show us how great and good you are; so that our hearts may go out to one another; so that we may understand one another and help each other a little bit; so that this may be a time of light in which we see heaven open and then a little brightness on this dark earth…

Our own joys and concerns…

And as you taught us, so now we pray… 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. Amen.

PROCLAIMING

Scripture – Psalm 78.1-4:
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

Matthew 13.33-35
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

Hymn 561 – Jesus, United by Thy Grace:
V1. Jesus, united by thy grace
and each to each endeared,
with confidence we seek thy face
and know our prayer is heard.
V2. Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other’s cross to bear;
let all their friendly aid afford,
and feel each other’s care.
V3. Up unto thee, our living Head,
let us in all things grow;
till thou hast made us free indeed
and spotless here below.
V4. Touched by the lodestone of thy love,
let all our hearts agree,
and ever toward each other move,
and ever move toward thee.
V5. To thee, inseparably joined,
let all our spirits cleave;
O may we all the loving mind
that was in thee receive.
V6. This is the bond of perfectness,
thy spotless charity;
O let us, still we pray, possess
the mind that was in thee.

Sermon: Love Is All You Knead

RESPONDING

Prayer:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Offering – Reminder for online giving, through the mail, or the drop slot at the church.

Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

SENDING FORTH

Blessing and Benediction