February 7th both churches will be back to in person worship, here is the bulletin:
Community and St. Mark UMC
Phase 2 Communion
Welcome and announcements and passing the peace-please remain masked and social distanced.
Opening Prayer: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Leader: Is anyone here feeling tired?
People: YES! I am weary and weighed down with burdens.
Leader: Take heart! God gives us strength and energy. Is anyone here hurt or grieving?
People: YES! I am wounded and in pain.
Leader: Take heart! God heals broken hearts. Is anyone here short on cash, pinched for resources?
People: YES! I am overwhelmed with debt and the effort of making ends meet.
Leader: Take heart! God’s reward is free for the taking. Is anyone here left out, shunned, outcast?
People: YES! I have been pushed to the margins, labeled unworthy of inclusion.
Leader: Take heart! God is calling your name and waiting to gather you close in love!
Hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Please reflect and meditate
Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Words of Assurance: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
People: In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
Hymn “On Eagle’s Wings” Please reflect and meditate
Joys and Concerns of the People
Prayers for Life Pastor
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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever Amen.
*Affirmation of Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe 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, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Gloria Patri “Glory Be to the Father” Instrumental only
Offertory Prayer Pastor
“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” Instrumental only
Prayer of Illumination
Psalm Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20
New Testament Reading: Mark 1:29-39
Leader: The Word of God for the people of God
People: Thanks be to God
Sharing the Word Pastor
The Great Thanksgiving:
Leader: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Leader: It is right and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. And so with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Leader: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so in remembrance of these mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
People: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
Leader: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and juice. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever.
Hymn “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” Please reflect and meditate