NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2021-02-14


Welcome!

What a blessing to be in worship! Let us greet one another by spotlighting and naming each of us worshiping God…


MUSIC TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP… 


BILL reads Psalm 50:1-6
The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah



NEC THEATER ROOM LEADS US IN OUR UNISON Prayer of Adoration

We praise your abiding guidance, O God,
for you sent us Jesus, our Teacher and Messiah,
to model for us the way of love for the whole universe.
We offer these prayers of love
on behalf of ourselves and our neighbors,
on behalf of your creation and our fellow creatures.


Put Your Hand in the Hand – Page 11

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water

Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea

Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently

By putting your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

Every time I look into the Holy Book, I wanna tremble  (TREMBLE)

When I read about the part where the carpenter cleared the temple

For the buyers and the sellers were no different fellers than what I profess to be

And it causes me shame to know I’m not the person I should be

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water

Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea

Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently

By putting your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

Momma taught me to pray before I reached the age of seven

She said, there’ll come a time when there’ll probably be room in Heaven

But I’m feelin’ kinda guilty ‘bout the number of times, we do what we shouldn’t do

When we forget what He said and then we beg Him that He’ll still make room.

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water

Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea

Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently

By putting your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee


SHERI reads 2 Kings 2:1-12
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.

Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.

The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.

Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.

Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”

He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”

As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.

Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.


LAURA – shares a Prayer of Confession


Love Lifted Me – Page 19

I was sinking deep in sin   Far from that peaceful shore

Very deeply stained within   Sinking to rise no more

But the Master of the sea    Heard my despairing cry

From the waters lifted me   Now safe am I

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

All my heart to Him I give,   Ever to him I’ll cling

In His blessed presence live,  Ever His praises sing

Love so mighty and so true  Merits my soul’s best songs

Faithful loving service too  To Him be—longs  

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Souls in danger look above   Jesus completely saves

He will lift you by His love  Out of the angry waves

He’s the Master of the sea,  Billows His will o-bey

He your Savior wants to be –  Be saved today. 

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me


MARILYN READS: Mark 9:2-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,

and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.


STEVE facilitates discussion – anything catch your attention about scripture, prayers, songs?


 


 

STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Confluence of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality, climate, political season);
  • JOYS TO SHARE:
    • Merle – vaccine done for all @ Traditions;
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  • CONCERNS / PRAYERS OF STRENGTH & SUPPORT:
    • Garnet – liquid diet, good coloring, weak but anxious to get back to NEC!
    • Joe – successful surgery and rehab @ Christ Hospital; put his sock on!
    • Lisa – update?
    • Elyse – vascular tumor around vagus nerve (heart & respiratory function)

Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


Jesus Loves Me – Page 9

Jesus loves me, this I know For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong

REFRAIN

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so

Jesus loves me, this I know As He loved so long ago

Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

REFRAIN

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so


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!