Sunday Worship Service: 24 January 2021

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Grace and Peace to you, siblings in Christ! I pray this service finds you blessed and well. 

Ash Wednesday

As we approach Lent, we are planning on 2 separate opportunities for worship on Ash Wednesday. An online worship will be posted as has been our practice, on Facebook, our website and through email. In addition, weather permitting, we will have an abbreviated service in the parking lot on Ash Wednesday, February 17, at 5:30 p.m.. The parking lot service will include readings, a short homily, prayers, a song or two, and imposition of ashes. At the very end of the service, those who have come to worship will be invited to exit on the 20th St drive and will receive ashes while in the car as they depart the parking lot. We pray one or both of these services will provide a meaningful opportunity to worship and observe an ancient practice to begin our Lenten journey.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.. Like our budget approval meeting in the fall, this will be held as a combination of in-person outdoors and online via zoom. Annual reports and more information will be made available closer to the date. Mark your calendar now!

Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

Order of Worship, January 24, 2021


As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters, whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation. Amen.

Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.

Holy God,

you search us and know us. You are acquainted with all our ways. We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin— our own sins and the broken systems that bind us. We turn inward, failing to follow your outward way of love. We distrust those who are not like us. We exploit the earth and its resources and fail to consider generations to come. Forgive us, gracious God, for all we have done and left undone. Even before the words are on our tongues, you know them; receive them in your divine mercy. Amen.

How vast is God’s grace! Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus, our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved. Indeed, we are forgiven. In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace. Amen.

Opening Hymn: ELW 720- “We Are Called,” verses 1 & 2. Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson. Pianist: Pam Edwards.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The book of Jonah is a comedy starring a reluctant prophet who is given a one-sentence message: Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days. Much to Jonah’s dismay, the people of Nineveh repent. The point of the story is to get the reader to wrestle with the question “On whom should God have mercy?”

1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Before Jesus calls his first disciples, he proclaims a message that becomes known as “the gospel” or good news from God. God is ready to rule our lives. Those who realize this will respond with repentance and faith.

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 696- “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult,” verses 1, 4, & 5. Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson. Pianist: Pam Edwards.

Prayers of Intercession

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, and for musicians and servers, that all proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For skies and seas, for birds and fish, for favorable weather and clean water, and for the well-being of creation, that God raise up advocates and scientists to guide our care for all the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who provide leadership in our cities and around the world, for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, for planning commissions and homeless advocates, that God inspire all people in the just use of wealth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For our nation. You show us the splendor of diversity and the beauty of unity in your own divine life. Make us, who came from many nations with many languages, a united people that delights in our many different gifts. Defend our liberties, and give those whom we have entrusted with authority the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who are sick, distressed, or grieving; for the outcast and all who await relief especially Wanda Esping; Wayne Esping; Patrick Esping; Ricky Lindquist; Helen Schubert; Mariah Pearson; and Dan Wolever, that in the midst of suffering, God’s peace and mercy surround them, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For our congregation and community, for families big and small, and for social services organizations that meet this week, that God’s steadfast love serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for our ancestors in the faith whose lives serve as an example of gospel living, that they point us to salvation through Christ, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.


The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Anthem: “Fishers of Men,” – Clarke  (One License #10697). Vocalists: Abbigail & Amaya Lee and Vivian Wright. Pianist: Pam Edwards.

Prayer after Communion

Christ Jesus, at this table we have feasted on your very life and are strengthened for our journey. Send us forth from this banquet nourished in body and in spirit to proclaim your good news and serve others in your name. Amen.


God the creator strengthen you; Jesus the beloved fill you; and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace. Amen.

Sending Hymn: ELW 866- “We Are Marching in the Light of God” (Siyahamba), both verses. Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson and Pam Edwards. Pianist: Pam Edwards.


Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Image credits: Fishing for Men, and Fishers poster,

Music credits:

Organist/Pianist: Pam Edwards. Vocalists: Brittany & Miriam Anderson; Abbigail & Amaya Lee; and Vivian Wright.

“We Are Called.” Text: David Haas, b. 1957. Music: David Haas. Text and music copyright 1988 GIA Publications, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult.” Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818 – 1895. Music: William H. Jude, 1851 – 1922. Public domain.

“Fishers of Men.” Contributors: Harry D. Clarke. Text copyright 1927, Hope Publishing Company.  (One License #10697) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“We Are Marching in the Light of God” (Siyahamba). Text: South African traditional; tr. Freedom Is Coming, 1984. Music: South African traditional; arr. Freedom Is Coming. Tr. and arr. copyright 1984 Utryck, admin. Walton Music Corp.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

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