Worship - Second Sunday after Epiphany (17 January 2021)
Call to Worship:
You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, Too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
(Psalm 139:1–12) Opening Prayer: 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, worshipped, 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 for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)
Music – Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me:
The Bible Project: Loyal Love
Prayer for Children and Youth:
(Take a moment to pray for the children and youth who are connected with our church. Pray for the children/youth and their parents during this new school year. Pray for Pastor Andrew and the Sunday School teachers and youth leaders who lead Berwick Baptist Church’s ministries to children and youth in our community.)
Prayer of Adoration:
Take a moment in prayer to praise God for his loyal love and for the fact that he is all-knowing.
Scripture: Read 1 Samuel 3:1–10
Prayer of Confession:
O God, our guide, who once used a star to lead people to Christ, we confess our poor sense of direction. We let ourselves become confused, easily distracted, and lose our way. We fail to follow the signs you provide. Forgive our waywardness, O God. Lead us to the Christ so that we may follow his way to you. Amen.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
For all those who truly and earnestly repent of their sins, there is forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Music – Grace:
-Church – Love, holiness, and unity -Pray for different areas around Berwick -Weston -Welsford -Praise God for Gordon Zwicker's Successful Procedure -Family of George Hill -EVBA: Union Church in Scott's Bay and Pastor Michael Shaw -Peace in the USA
We pray all these things through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray…. “Our Father….”
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We 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.
(From the ACNA Book of Common Prayer)
Scripture: Read John 1:43–51
Message: All-Knowing and Only Way
Music – Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone):
Closing Prayer Merciful God, we thank you for this time of worship together this morning. Thank you for the amazing truths of your word—that you know us to the bottom and yet you love us to the sky and that through your Son, Jesus Christ, and his perfect life and death and his glorious resurrection, we are reconciled to you, our amazing Creator! We praise you and ask that you keep us safe throughout this coming week, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, your only Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever praised, Amen. Benediction May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.