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The Worship of God

    January 24, 2021

     

    This service goes LIVE on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. 

     
    *Please stand as you are able.
    The congregation speaks the text in bold type.
     
     

     

    THE GATHERING MUSIC

    THE PRELUDE  

    “Hymn to Joy” | Albert Travis

     

    THE INTROIT

    “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley” | American Folk Hymn
    Sung by an ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir

    Jesus walked this lonesome valley; he had to walk it by himself.
    Oh, nobody else could walk it for him; he had to walk it by himself.

    We must walk this lonesome valley; we have to walk it by ourselves.
    Oh, nobody else can walk it for us; we have to walk it by ourselves.

    You must go and stand your trial; you have to stand it by yourself.
    Oh, nobody else can stand it for you; you have to stand it by yourself.

    THE WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER

    Betsy Butler

    THE HYMN 

    TFWS 2105 “Jesus, Tempted in the Desert” | EBENEZER

     

    *THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

    “The Apostles’ Creed” 

    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. 

    * THE PASSING OF THE PEACE

    THE PASTORAL PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER 

    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, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

    THE ANTHEM

    “Be Still and Know” | Michael John Trotta
    Sung by an ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir: Akiko Iguchi, piano

    Even if the mountains were to fall into the sea, waters were to surge upon the earth,
    Hope still lives in a most holy place, a place that shall not move for I am here.
    Be still and know, be still and know, know that I am your God.
    Be still and know, and you’ll find rest, a refuge for your soul.
    When nations roar and kingdoms fall still you shall not fear, my strength and hope will keep you on your way.
    Wars shall cease and the shields melt with fire, listen then for you will hear my voice.

    THE SCRIPTURE

    Matthew 4:1-11 NRSV

    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

    THE SERMON

    Chuck Hodges
    “You’re Not the Boss of Me!”

    THE BENEDICTION

    Chuck Hodges

    THE RESPONSE 

    UMH 143 “On Eagle’s Wings” | ON EAGLE’S WINGS

    POSTLUDE 

    “Jesus Shall Reign” | Gerhard Krapf

     


     

    Flowers

    The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Comer Whitehead by Anne Whitehead Garner and Bob Whitehead.

     

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