When Jesus says follow me, its not an invitation to a class to learn and then be tested. Its an invitation to transformation that requires we look at ourselves and see the world differently than we did before.
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We are worshipping online and in person. There are multiple ways that you can join in worship.
Youtube: Worship Service, Playlist (with music)
Facebook: Service starts at 9am
And you can continue on in this post. Included in the service here is music and written announcements and other information.
No matter how you worship with us, know that you are in our prayers and we're glad to worship with you today.
When you're ready, click on the first video to join in singing.
What follows is the order of service that you'll find in the video. You can read through it here, or scroll down to the video for the main part of the service.
Monday 1/18: 3pm-5pm Food Pantry in the Fellowship Hall
Tuesday 1/19: 4pm Centering Prayer on live on our Facebook Page
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Stay after worship on Sunday to record a Children's Sermon (come in at 11:15 or schedule a time with Pastor John). You can find ideas at sermons4kids.com or you can even read a kids version of a Bible story.
Call to Worship
Leader: Jesus comes along side us and calls us by name:
People: "[your name], follow me."
Leader: A simple call. A hard call.
People: Because following requires leaving.
Leader: And we look around to see who else Jesus could be talking to.
People: And we look around to see the trappings of the life we know.
Leader: It's hard to leave our nets and walk away from the lake.
People: But we have come this far, to this place, where we can listen and be transformed.
Open our ears, O God,
that we might hear your Word
speaking to us in this moment.
Open our ears, O God,
that we might listen for your voice
calling to us through scripture.
Open our ears, O God,
that we might understand your promises
to followers both old and young, ancient and modern.
Open our hearts, O God,
that we might enter into the love
you offer us. Amen.
Prayer by Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Today our Children's message comes from Mary Beth and reminds us that God helps us in hard times, even if we're little monkeys.
Joy's, Concerns, Giving, and Prayers
I invite you, either in the comments to the Facebook video or in the YouTube video to share your joys and concerns. As we go forward I'll make sure they get shared with the rest of the church (and I'm looking forward to doing that, so share away!)
If you want to make sure we get a prayer request, but don't want to put it in the comments, please follow this link:
Share a joy, concern, and/or prayer request
During this time I invite you to give as well. Thank you for your continued offerings to the church, and to the many other places around us that you’ve been giving of your time and your money.
Remember that you can mail in your offerings to:
321 N Kansas Ave
Marceline, MO 64658
You can also give online.
Your gifts and commitment to your faith help us reach out and tell Jesus’ story in so many different ways.
Take some time for some personal prayer, and take some time to give. This could be the time when you go online, or you write a check to the church, or when you make that commitment to give in a different way.
After the personal prayer, I'll say a prayer (if you're watching the video), and then join in saying the Lord's Prayer below.
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
Our reading today comes from John 1:43-51 and tells the story of Jesus calling Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Today's Message: Anything Good
Here are a couple of questions for us for this week.
1. Where and with who do you ask the question, "does anything good come from…."
2. What is your biggest challenge in letting go of that question?
When you're ready, join in our final song
Go now. Listen for the voice of the Lord and follow wherever it leads.
Do not be dominated by anything.
Allow no room within yourselves for deceit,
but offer yourselves as a temple for the Holy Spirit.
And may God be with you and speak through you;
May Christ Jesus be one with you and raise you to life;
And may the Holy Spirit dwell within you and make you holy.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Prayer by Nathan Nettleton
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.