Order of worship
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
January 17, 2021
Call to worship (based on Amos 5)
We are called to seek good and not evil,
that we may live; and so that the Lord,
the God of hosts, will be with us.
We are called to hate evil and love good,
and establish justice.
Let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
We seek to be a people that embodies God’s justice.
By the power of God at work within us, may it be so.
Call to confession
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in
us. But if we confess our sin, God who is faithful and just will forgive
our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us confess our sin
together, trusting God’s promised mercy.
Prayer of confession
Holy God, we confess our failures to discern the ways that racism
and other demons of hostility have warped our common humanity.
Claiming to be “colorblind” or “not racist,” we have failed to see racism
as a disease that infects us all. Yet we know that your Spirit heals
the wounds in our lives and empowers us to extend that healing into
the life of our communities. Empower us by your Spirit, O God, to be
people who live out our baptism and live more fully into its promise
that in Jesus Christ there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, or
male and female.
Assurance of pardon
In Christ, all the dividing walls of hostility have come down so that we
might live in justice, friendship and peace. Friends, hear the good news
of the gospel: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and restored, and set on
Prayer of illumination
O God, send your Spirit to us to us that we might discern your Word
amid the words we read today, so that in hearing your Word we may
be formed to follow Christ into our world. Amen.
Scripture readings 1 Samuel 3: 1-10 and John 1: 43-51
Sermon Called to be our best selves.
Affirmation of faith (from A Brief Statement of Faith)
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed and blessing children,
healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Call for the offering
God has showered us with good gifts. In response to this love, let
us give all of who we are in return: our hearts, minds, energies and
Prayer of dedication
O God, receive the gifts we offer as a sign of our commitment to live
into our calling as a community of hope, love and justice for this world.
May these gifts be part of your own work in the world to establish the
flourishing of all your children and the whole creation.
Prayers of the people and the Lord’s Prayer
Holy One, you have called for justice to roll down like waters and
righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. On this Sunday, as we
remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., help us to
embody the justice and righteousness that he sought for our country.
Help us to embody his dream of a beloved community and of a day
when justice is a reality for all Americans, not just the few. Inspire us
by his example and by the power of your Spirit at work within us to live
in solidarity with all who have been marginalized in our world. Give us
ears to hear their cries, and hearts that move us to respond.
Indeed, during these tumultuous days of political and social reckoning,
give us courage to pursue accountability for all who have incited and
inflicted this violence upon the nation — and courage to recognize
our own complicity in the racism that has warped our common life.
Animate courage in us so that we might confront realities that deform
and deface our country and participate in your reconciling and justice
seeking work in our midst. Hear our prayers also for peace in the days
ahead as we navigate transitions in the nation’s leadership. Grant all of
our elected leaders wisdom and patience and courage to work together
for the common good and to restore a spirit of partnership among us.
God, our help in times of trouble, we continue to pray for the global
community as it grapples with an ever-worsening pandemic. We
pray that you would give each of us determination to take personal
responsibility for measures that protect us all. We pray especially for
the well-being of those hit hardest by the strains of this scourge, and
pray for those in leadership in our communities, states and nation as
they negotiate ways in which to aid those most afflicted.
We prayer all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, who
taught us to pray saying, Our Father…
Charge and benediction (based on Amos 5)
Let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us all.
May the God of justice and peace sanctify you entirely,
so that we might lift up the brokenhearted,
and stand with the oppressed. Amen.
© Presbyterian Outlook, 2020.
Liturgy written by Roger Gench
and provided for free distribution.
For more resources,
Covid-19 Update: Sunday services will be held virtually ONLY at 10 AM for the foreseeable future, until it is safer to gather. Contact the office for further information.
Food Pantry – As of January 1, 2021, the Food Pantry has suspended operations.
Alternate arrangements have been made for all recipients to transfer to another pantry.
Please contact Kathy Sorce or Pastor Margery for more information.
Annual Congregational Meeting: Our annual congregational meeting is scheduled to take place immediately after 10 AM worship on Sunday, February 14, 2021. We will send out further instructions on how to participate by way of Zoom as the date draws closer. Please put this date in your calendar.
Committee chairs and others responsible for reports: please submit your reports to email@example.com by January 20, 2021.
The Free Community Dinner provides take-out meals on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month.
Our next Free Community Dinner To-Go is on Saturday, February 6th. Please note change of distribution time: you may pick up meals between 4-5:30 PM.
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail message at (845)297-2800.
We will send out an email list during the week.
If you would like to receive pastoral care, please call the church office at (845)297-2800 or call Pastor Margery directly at (914)539-5323. Pastor Laurie is available 3-5 PM on weekdays. You can reach her at (845)632-1124 or by calling the church office.
Pastoral care will be offered by appointment only, either outdoors or in the church dining room, fellowship hall or sanctuary, to accommodate for social distancing.
Please let us know how else we can support your spiritual needs.
Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves:
Thank you for continuing to honor your pledges during this time. Whether you bring it to worship, send a check to the church office by mail or make your contribution using online banking, it is important that we maintain our ability to pay our bills as we continue to navigate this disruptive time as a church community. Thank you for your generosity!