Third Sunday after Epiphany--January 24, 2021
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 24, 2021
(UberConference call 234-204-0311)


[Please be in a spirit of worship while you are on the phone call.  Your phone microphone is very sensitive; what seems quiet in the sanctuary sounds more like a like a thunderstorm or police siren on the phone.  Your phone or computer microphone can pick up a whisper or paper shuffling from five feet away.]



Call to Worship

One: Come and see the grace of God,
All: Christ our teacher and our friend.
One: Come and see the son of God,
All: Christ our healer and salvation.
One: God is moving in this place.
All: Come and see! Come and see.

Opening Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. AMEN

Hymn                                           Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)

Merciful God, you call us to fullness of life but we have settled for much less. We have wandered from your ways and wasted your gifts. We ignore the pain of others, and turn our faces from injustice. At times we have hidden from the truth, especially when it calls us to do what we are afraid to do. We have given up in despair when problems around us seem overwhelming. Forgive us our small faith. Give us courage to listen and respond when you call.

Assurance of Pardon

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen, Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ 

ONE: Since Christ has extended to us the peace of God, let us, as his disciples, spread his peace to others. The peace of Christ be with you.
ALL: And also with you.
ONE: We are now going to check to see who is with us this morning as our way of sharing Christ’s peace. 

Prayer for Illumination

Gospel Lesson John 1:43-51

Special Music                           Just Two Words                                Covenant Choir                    

Gospel Lesson Mark 6:32-44

Message                                      Come and See                        Dr. Nathaniel Freymeyer

Hymn of Response    Jesus Calls Us           

Affirmation of Faith             Selection from A Brief Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

Prayers of the People 

Musical Response

Stewardship Moment

Prayer of Thanksgiving for our Blessings


Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Closing Hymn                          I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me




A Congregation Meeting will be held on January 31, 2021, following worship.  The Agenda includes the following items:

  1. Acceptance of the Annual Report
  2. Election of Church Officers
  3. Approval of Minister’s Terms of Call
  4. Approval of Budget for 2021