Second Sunday after Epiphany

Welcome
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

To all who are spiritually weary and desire rest,
To all who are mourning and long for comfort,
To all who struggle and desire victory;
To all who sin and need a Savior,
To all who are hungry and thirst for righteousness;
And to whoever will come,
You are welcomed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Call to Worship
Read aloud together in the gathering.

We remember our Lord as He reveals Himself in Exodus 34:6–7:

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

 

Announcing God’s Work Among Us

Meditating on the Psalm
Traditionally the Psalm would have been sung, but for now we are going to read the Psalm. We read it slowly, and prayerfully. We focus on praying the scripture and turn our attention to listening for the Spirit’s still small voice. 

Pausing to Center on God Together
We pause now to be still, breathe slowly and re-center our senses on the presence of God with us and our presence with one another.

The Lord’s Prayer
When asked by the disciples for Jesus to teach them how to pray, this is the way He instructed them to pray. In humility and in faith, we entrust ourselves to God by following the instructions of Christ the Lord. Let us pray as our Lord instructed…

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen.

The Invitation of Christ
Let us remember the invitation of our Lord to all sinners and weary travelers.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”-Matthew 11:28–30

Shaping the Church by the Scripture and Spirit of Christ
Click the link for a copy of the sermon notes and reflection questions.

Nourishing the Church with the Body and Blood of Christ
We come to the table of our Lord to celebrate Christ’s crucifixion and death, to participate with Him in the renewal of all things as He renews us by the power of His Holy Spirit. 

Recognizing Our Dependence Upon Christ
When we make an offering, we give what already belongs to Christ; Of Your own, O Lord, do we give. Money is not the only offering, we offer our talents, abilities and gifts to the exclusive use of King Jesus and His Kingdom. We offer every bit of ourselves in service to Christ and His Creation. You can bring your offering to baskets at the front and the back of the auditorium that were handmade by women in Rwanda to remind us that our God is a global God. If you want to make a financial offering/tithe, here’s our online giving.

Praying with Our Kenyan Brothers and Sisters
This prayer was introduced at Grace sometime before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. Like its title suggests, it is a prayer that Christians in Kenya pray. We practice this prayer to be unified with our brothers and sisters across the globe. We use body movements to teach us that our faith in Christ is not merely emotional or cognitive, but it is an embodied faith that requires us to move!

Lord Jesus, You are our Refuge and Fortress.
All our problems –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All our difficulties –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All the devil’s works –
we SEND to the Cross of Christ!
All our hope –
we SET on the Risen Christ.

Calling All Creatures To Praise Our Triune God
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all Creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen