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3rd Sunday after

the Epiphany

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    (Psalm 62)

Pastor Bob

God is not a taskmaster keeping track

of our good deeds. Rather, God intervenes

boldly and relentlessly for the purpose

of life and the restoration of creation.

CALL TO WORSHIP

(Psalm 62, Jonah3, Mark 1)

Sharon Stewart - Liturgist

(responsive reading)

Gathered in worship with silence and sound,

We wait upon God’s grace.

Gathered in worship with a focused heart and mind,

We anticipate the time we face.

HYMN:    Trust and Obey

UMC Hymnal    #467

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

(Unison)    Sharon Stewart

Holy One, you have called us from the seashore to service in this world. You have pulled us from our comfort to embrace the inconvenience of servanthood. You have put before us an opportunity that we never truly wanted. Like Jonah, who resented going where you sent him, we are restless and resistant.

We’d rather sleep in a boat and go about a casual kind of life. We’d rather live our days as we always have and let the tides carry us where they will.

May the storms of our days shake us to new awareness and renewed paths of faithful living. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE    Pastor Bob

Hear the good news! Before you turned to God, God was on watch for you. Before you remembered your sin, God extended redeeming grace. Hear these words: You are forgiven.

Thanks be to our God that stands watch over our very lives. Thanks be to God for the grace that meets where we are. Hear these words: You are forgiven.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10      Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION to PRAYER

Where He Leads Me

UMC Hymnal    #338 vs. 1

PASTORAL PRAYER    Pastor Bob

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:

Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

UMC Hymnal #344

GOSPEL READING

Mark 1: 14-20

This is the Word of God for the People of God

Thanks be to God, Amen

MEDITATION          Pastor Bob

If You Understand This Message

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION to the OFFERING

   (Psalm 62)      Pastor Bob

This is our time of offering, where we respond with gratitude to all that God has given us. Let us take a moment to consider what gifts we will bring and what commitments to action we will make this week. Give as you are called, and you are able.

OFFERTORY    Erin Tellier

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    # 94

BLESSING of the OFFERING  (Mark 1)

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

You call us to follow you, O Lord, and have set an example of generosity and compassion. We ask that you bless this offering – our tithes and gifts – that they might help us to reach out, in your name, and share the good news of Jesus. Amen.

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING   

TFWS #2257- a, b, c, d    Pastor Bob

LORD’S PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION:

You are called…Come to the Table

PRAYER FOLLOWING COMMUNION

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

BENEDICTION    (Jonah 3)

Pastor Bob

Remember, God gives you a second chance, to be the man or woman that God desires for you to be. Over and over again, God gives us another chance, another opportunity, to be faithful, to be kind, to be compassionate, and to follow our call, no matter how challenging or even overwhelming it may seem.

May the grace of Jesus,

the love of God and the nurture

of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!

Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:

Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.

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