Sunday, January 24, 2021 Third Sunday after The Epiphany 10:00am Service

  

Welcome and Announcements:

*Call Church office with all Prayer requests and updates.

*Voter’s Meeting today at 1pm via Zoom or in person in the Sanctuary. Masks and social distancing required.

*Confirmation classes will start February 1 from 6 - 8pm.

*We will begin In-Person Worship on February 7th with services at 8am and 10:30pm. The early service will be live-streamed and both services will have Car:Church FM. We will ask that you follow seating directions, wear masks and continue to be socially distance to keep our Prince of Peace people safe. We look forward to a return to indoors!

 

Hymn: I Leave All Things to God’s Direction LSB 719 v. 1,2,4

I leave all things to God’s direction;
He loves me both in joy and woe.
His will is good, sure His affection;
His tender love is true, I know.
My fortress and my rock is He:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

 

God knows what must be done to save me;
His love for me will never cease.
Upon His hands He did engrave me
With purest gold of loving grace.
His will supreme must ever be:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

 

My God has all things in His keeping;
He is the ever faithful friend.
He gives me laughter after weeping,
And all His ways in blessings end.
His love endures eternally:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

Text: Public domain

 

Opening Prayer said by all:

Dear Father in Heaven, As Jonah directly defied Your Will and Command, we too, often directly defy and deliberately ignore Your Will and commands for our lives.  You say “Go Right” and we go left, as Jonah did.  How can our hearts and minds be so arrogant that we actually think we can defy You, Almighty God?  Yet, You had mercy on Jonah.  It was totally undeserved.  And You have done the same for each of us through Christ, our Savior.  How can we ever thank You?  Jesus’ said “If you love me keep My commandments.”  Teach me to love You and to be obedient before You, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Invocation: We begin our service in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Nicene Creed said by all:

I believe in one God, The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.   

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, The Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of The Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with The Father, by Whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by The Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to The Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on The Right Hand of The Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. 

And I believe in The Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life; Who proceeds from The Father and The Son; Who with The Father and The Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in One Holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Psalm 142 Said Together:

I cry aloud to The Lord; I lift up my voice to The Lord for mercy.  I pour out before Him my complaint; before Him I tell my trouble.  When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You Who watch over my way.  In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me.  Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me.  I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.  I cry to You, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”  Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.  Set me free from my prison, that I may praise Your Name.  Then the righteous will gather about me because of Your goodness to me.

 

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

 

Confession: If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself and the truth is not in me.  If I confess my sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness.  If I claim I have not sinned, I make God out to be a liar and His Word is not in me.  Oh Lord, I have broken Your Commandments and against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.  Have mercy on me for through Christ, Your Son, Who died for me.

 

Absolution: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called servant of The Word, announce The Grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, forgive all your sins in The Name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Kid’s Korner with Vicar Jim:

 

Text for sermon:  Jonah 1:1-17

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish." Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?" He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land." This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?" "Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you." Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried to the Lord, "O Lord , please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O Lord, have done as you pleased." Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord , and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

 

Sermon Theme: Jonah defies God Almighty!

 

Hymn: Famous For By Tauren Wells, Krissy Nordhoff, Alexis Slifer, Chuck Butler and Jordan Sapp

Capitol CMG Paragon Songs By JSapp Integrity's Alleluia! Music Nordinary Music All Essential Music Be Essential Songs Buddybabe Music Crucial Music Entertainment Jord A Lil Music CCLI #1933981

 

There is no fear

‘cause I believe

There is no doubt

 

Cause I have seen Your faithfulness,

My fortress,

Over and over

 

I have a hope

Found in Your name

I have a strength

Found in Your grace;

Your faithfulness,

My fortress,

Over and over

 

Make way through the waters, walk me through the fire

Do what You are famous for, what You are famous for

Shut the mouths of lions,

Bring dry bones to life and

Do what You are famous for,

What You are famous for.

 

I believe in You.

And God, I believe in You

 

Release Your love inside of me

Unleash Your power for all to see

Spirit come and fall on us

Over and over oh, Lord.

 

Make way through the waters,

Walk me through the fire

Do what You are famous for,

What You are famous for

Shut the mouths of lions,

Bring dry bones to life and

Do what You are famous for,

What You are famous for.

 

God of exceedingly,

God of abundantly

More than we ask or think

Lord, You I’ll never fail.

Your name is powerful

Your words unstoppable

All things are possible in You.

 

God of exceedingly,

God of abundantly

More than we ask or think

Lord, You I’ll never fail.

Your name is powerful

Your words unstoppable

All things are possible in You.

 

Make way through the waters,

Walk me through the fire

Do what You are famous for, what You are famous for.

Shut the mouths of lions,

Bring dry bones to life and

Do what You are famous for,

What You are famous for.

 

I believe in You

I believe in You

There is no fear

Cause I believe

There is no doubt

Cause I have seen Your faithfulness

My fortress, over and over

 

Prayers said by all.

Dear Father in Heaven, You used many extraordinary circumstances to bring Jonah to repentance and obedience to Your Will.  You have done the same in my life.  Your mercy and grace are beyond my ability to comprehend.  You always have my eternal welfare in mind.  I thank You for Your endless mercy and grace that come freely through Your Son my Savior.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

 

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 and ever. Amen.

 

The Benediction:

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His Peace. Both now and forever more. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me LSB 722

Lord, take my hand and lead me
Upon life’s way;
Direct, protect, and feed me
From day to day.
Without Your grace and favor
I go astray;
So take my hand, O Savior,
And lead the way.

 

Lord, when the tempest rages,
I need not fear,
For You, the Rock of Ages,
Are always near.
Close by Your side abiding,
I fear no foe,
For when Your hand is guiding,
In peace I go.

 

Lord, when the shadows lengthen
And night has come,
I know that You will strengthen
My steps toward home.
Then nothing can impede me,
O blessèd Friend;
So take my hand and lead me
Unto the end.

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004467

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