***Important Announcement***

The annual congregational meeting will be held Sunday, January 24th at 11:00 am. Since many of you are not able to attend, you may join the meeting by teleconference by calling 317-862-6612 between 10:55-11:00 am.  The Year End Reports will be sent out by email to everyone on the Southminster devotion group list or you can pick up a paper copy at the church. 

                 

Service for the Lord’s Day

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

January 24, 2021 – 10:00 AM

 

Gathering around the Word

               

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude 

 

Call to Worship (WWG)                                             from Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from the Lord.

God only is my rock and my salvation; I shall not be shaken.

Trust in the Lord at all times, O people; pour out your heart before God.

Our trust is in the Lord.  We worship God’s name.

Praise the Lord!

Let us worship God!

 

Gathering Hymn #211                            “Let There Be Praise” (2X)  

Let there be praise
Let there be joy in our hearts (in our hearts)
Sing to the Lord
Give Him the glory, the glory

Let there be praise
Let there be joy in our hearts (in our hearts)
Forevermore, let His love fill the air
And let there be praise

 

Call to Confession

 

Prayer of Confession                                                          

God, our Creator, we confess that we are  broken, sinful creatures. You call on us to change our lives, yet we do not heed your warning. You give us good news to share, yet we remain stubborn and silent. Forgive us, God of grace. Help us to repent and follow you, bearing witness to the good news that your holy realm is near; through Jesus Christ our Lord.       (Silent Prayer)  This we pray in faith.  Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

 

Gloria Patri (Hymn #812)  

 

The Peace

Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us also forgive one another. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

Proclaiming the Word

 

The Prayer for Illumination

 

The Word Read

            Hebrew Scripture:                         Jonah 3:1-10 (Page 708)

                            Gospel:                        Mark 1:14-20 (Page 765)

 

The Word of the Lord  

Thanks be to God  

  

Word Proclaimed                     “Jonah and the Fishermen”             

 

Responding to the Word

Sermon Hymn  #676                         “O Jesus, I Have Promised”

O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end:
be thou ever near me,
my Master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel thee near me!
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my friend.

Affirmation of Faith            Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.08

 

In Jesus of Nazareth, true humanity was realized once for all. Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, lived among his own people and shared their needs, temptations, joys, and sorrows. He expressed the love of God in word and deed and became brother to all kinds of sinful men and women. But his complete obedience led him into conflict with his people. His life and teaching judged their goodness, religious aspirations, and national hopes. Many rejected him and demanded his death. In giving himself freely for them, he took upon himself the judgment under which everyone stands convicted. God raised him from the dead, vindicating him as Messiah and Lord. The victim of sin became victor, and won the victory over sin and death for all.  Amen

 

The Sealing of the Word

Prayers of the People and the 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.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

 

                        Bearing and Following the Word into the World

Hymn #654                                                “Change My Heart, O God”

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You
You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me
This is what I pray
Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

Charge/Blessing                                                 

Postlude

 

CALL TO PRAYER

You are our rock and our strength, O God, and in you rests our deliverance. You defend us in the midst of adversity; you protect us from ultimate harm. You humble the mighty with acts that manifest your transcendent power; the lowly you comfort with your tender embrace. We gather this day, saved by your mercy. Hear now our praises as we herald your greatness. Amen

 

Let us remember these who need comfort, strength and healing:

Bridget Morris (Janice Rockey)              Mark Freeman (Branden’s father)

Bill Spragg (Toni Maio)                          Reba Abbott (Toni Maio)

Stephanie Rexroat                                 Roberta Tressler (Kevin Hulsman)

Jason Patton (Julie Bosley)                   Don Rockey

Don Hubbard                                        Janet Coons

Chad Murphy (Branden Freeman)           Janet (Veal) Drummond (Kris Wilcher)                                          

Michaela Myers (Chris Myers)                 Avis Woods

Mitzi Miner                                            Dottie Smith

Lincoln Downing (Chris Myers)               Steve Pfendler             

Don Dickerson                                      Fran Brower

Candy Kennedy                                     Tom Hulse (Lisa Schnepp’s father)

Lily Hiatt (Cindy Urich)                           Larry Hanni

Family of Dick Britton (Ed Burton) Family of Jim Whitehouse (Ed Burton)                                                           

 

Persecuted Christians around the world and The Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Please be in prayer for our nation to heal hardened hearts and live with Christ’s love.

 

Also remember our members who are in care facilities or shut-in and can no longer worship with us: Bob Lowes, Betty Plummer, Mary Cummings, Don Hubbard, Louis and Phyllis Rockey.