NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2021-01-31

 

SPOTLIGHT ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS?

A LITTLE MUSIC TO LEAD US INTO WORSHIP


LAURA reads Psalm 111
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.



STEVE – shares a prayer of praise

 

 


For All the Saints – Page 12

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;

Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.

Alleluia, Alleluia

O blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.

Alleluia, Alleluia

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Alleluia, Alleluia



MARILYN reads  1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge;

but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.”

Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as in fact there are many gods and many lords–

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.

“Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?

So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed.

But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.

Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.


SHERI – shares a prayer of confession


Precious Lord – Page 18

PRECIOUS LORD Words & Tune:Thomas Dorsey,1938 

Precious Lord, take my hand

Lead me on, help me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn

Through the storm, through the night

Lead me on to the light

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home

 

When my way grows drear,

Precious Lord, linger near

When my life is al-most gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call,

Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home

 

Precious Lord, take my hand

Lead me on, help me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn

Through the storm, through the night

Lead me on to the light

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home


STEVE READS  Mark 1:21-28
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.

They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit,

and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching–with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.


LAURA: Discussion of perspectives on scripture, songs, prayers

STEVE:  Prayer, including Joys & Concerns shared above

  • Confluence of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality, climate);
  • HEALTH UPDATES:
    • Sheri: her mom (Lyda), her back
    • Lisa:
    • Janet:
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  • OTHER CONCERNS
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  •  JOYS:
    • Feeding program yesterday
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  • concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


When the Saints Go Marching In – Page 23

O when the saints go marchin’ in,

O when the saints go marchin’ in,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the saints go marchin’ in.

O when the sun refuse to shine,

O when the sun refuse to shine,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the sun refuse to shine.

O when the moon goes down in blood,

O when the moon goes down in blood,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the moon goes down in blood.

O when the stars have disappeared,

O when the stars have disappeared,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the stars have disappeared,

O when they crown Him Lord of all,

O when they crown Him Lord of all,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When they crown Him Lord of all.

O when the day of judgment comes,

O when the day of judgment comes,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the day of judgment comes.

O when the saints go marchin’ in,

O when the saints go marchin’ in,

Lord, I want to be in that number

When the saints go marchin’ in.


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends,

Life is short

and there is precious little time

to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…

So make haste to be kind,

and be swift to love,

because in every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us,

reforms and transforms us

again and again.

And certainly for these blessings,

all of God’s people say. 

AMEN!