Order of Worship – 2 Epiphany, January 17, 2021

Ward Hill Church of Christ the KingA Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

The Lord’s Day, January 17, in the Lord’s Year 20212nd Sunday after the Epiphany – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words; * we invite you to stand as able.

Meeting God

Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Arise, shine, for your light is come. And the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

* Hymn 346, vv. 1 & 4   Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning!  WESLEY

* Invocation

Being Reconciled to God and One Another

* Confession of Sin:  Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

* Declaration of Forgiveness in Christ: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* New Life in Christ: If you love God, keep his commandments. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

* Response(Red Hymnal 429, verse 1)                                                           MARYTON

O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 735)                                               GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

* The Peace of Christ    The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Announcements, Scripture Memory, & Catechism – see Bell Ringer

Preparing to Hear God

Song of Praise We shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome some day. Oh, deep in my heart I do believe, we shall overcome some day.

We shall all be free…  We shall honor life…

Collect for 2 Epiphany: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hearing God in the Holy Scriptures

1 Samuel 3:1-20             Psalm 139:1-6,13-18           The Word of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20   John 1:43-51             Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “The Lord Knows Before He Calls Us”

Answering God in Faith, Prayer, and Giving

The Apostles’ Creed – hymnal page 845

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Petition, and Intercession – and for Racial Equality and Reconciliation

The Lord’s Prayer (‘debts’)

Offertory (Hymn 729)                                                                           HERR JESU CHRIST

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

* Doxology (Hymn 731)                                                                OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offertory Prayer

Being Sent with God’s Blessing into the World

* Red Hymnal 249   Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand;

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the Light,

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near;

When my life is almost gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall,

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

* Benediction

Postlude

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