January 17, 2021 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
Open our ears, O God, that we might hear your Word
speaking to us in this moment. Open our ears, O God,
that we might listen for your voice calling to us through scripture. Open our ears, O God, that we might understand your promises to followers both old and young, ancient and modern. Open our hearts, O God, that we might enter into the love you offer us.
*CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Psalm 139)
L: O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
P: You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
L: Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
P: You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
L: For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
P: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works!
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Almighty God, we confess that we are so often swept up in the tide of our generation. We have failed in our calling to be your holy people, a people set apart for your divine purpose. We live more in apathy born of fatalism than in passion born of hope. We are moved more by private ambition than by social justice. We dream more of privilege and benefits than of service and sacrifice. We try to speak in your name, without relinquishing our glories, without nourishing our souls, without relying wholly on your grace. Help us to make room in our heart and lives for you. Forgive us, revive us, and reshape us in your image. Amen.
APOSTLES’ CREED OF OUR FAITH AND BELIEF
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I 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.
This is the Word– of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON (see below–will be posted soon)
O Creator and mighty God, you have promised strength for the weak, rest for the laborers, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love. O Creator and mighty God, help us to continue in your promise. Amen.
As we leave our worship, may the blessings of God be upon each of us and may the light of Christ shine from us to all we encounter. Amen.