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January 24, 2021
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Call to Worship
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Hymn - Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Joys and Concerns
If you have a joy or a concern to share, please contact the church office at 502-633-3345 or email at email@example.com. If sharing about someone else, please have the person's permission before sharing.
The family of Mary Beth Amyx Burgin, who passed away on Wednesday. She was a lifelong member of our church.
Duanne Puckett is scheduled to be dismissed from the Frazier Rehab on Tuesday, and will come home with palliative care. Marsha James, her sister, continues her recovery at home from heart valve replacement surgery. Please remember their sister Terry as well, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Eric McClain was dismissed from Frazier Rehab and is now at home.
Special Music - Amy Bramblette
Joshua 1:5b - 9
5 As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This morning's message is - A New Heart for A New Year: Give Me Courage to Strengthen Me.
Invitation Hymn - How Great Thou Art
Phillip Brooks was an Episcopal priest who lived in the 19thcentury, and is best remembered as the lyricist for O Little Town of Bethlehem. But he offered some other power words as well, particularly this line – do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
That probably doesn’t sound like a line for a stewardship meditation, but it is a great line, and remind us that we offer God not only our resources, but our courage as well. Be courageous today. Be courageous tomorrow. Be courageous next week. Be courageous always.
Ever-faithful Lord, we gratefully acknowledging your mercy and humbly admit our need.
We answer your call by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ.
We have received your gifts and as stewards, we will cherish and tend them in faithfulness, and share them in love with others.
As you have begun this good work in us we trust that you will bring it to fulfillment in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen
All believers in Christ are invited to partake. You do not need to be a member of our church, or any church to share in communion with us. The bread and the cup are taken in unison following the words of institution.
Willa Cather once said, where there is great love, there are always miracles. Jesus did miracles everywhere he went because of his great love. What are the miracles the world needs today. What is the miracle you need? God holds those miracles for you.
The Lord's Prayer (spoken in unison)
Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, they kingdom come, they 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 in to temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Words of institution for the Bread:
"This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
Words of institution for the Cup:
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me
Benediction Song -
Until we meet again...
May the kindness of God precede you.
May the wisdom of God be with you.
May the light of God follow you.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May you allow God to mold you into what you were created to be.
May you joyfully fill the role God has given to you and
may you feel the peace of God always in your soul. (Adapted)