Worship: Online Saturday, February 6 at 5 pm & Sunday, February 7 at 11 am

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35 (KJV)  

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2021-02-07 Social Justice Sunday

Lectionary Theme: The Best Part of Heaven
Hearing God’s Word speak to us about Heaven through the Bible Lectionary readings each week through the Epiphany, along with the affirmations from the Third Section of the Apostle’s Creed.
Affirmation:
“We believe in… the resurrection of the body” (Apostles’ Creed)
“We look for the resurrection of the dead” (Nicene Creed)

 

WAYS TO CONNECT
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Online meeting opens at 4:45 pm
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the 5 pm worship service.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
February 7-12

Birthdays

Bill Brown

Anniversaries

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • Revelation 1
      • Online Interactive Worship
        • 5 pm Saturday
        • 11 am Sunday

The host will mute everyone except the leader during hymns and longer unison prayers so we can all sing and speak together without the distraction of various lag times. Otherwise, sound will be on for all participants so we can interact freely throughout the service (exception: disruptive background noises).

INVOCATION

HYMN OF PRAISE
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Immortal invisible God only wise
In light inaccessible
Hid from our eyes
Most blessed most glorious
The Ancient of Days
Almighty victorious
Thy great name we praise

Unresting unhasting
And silent as light
Nor wanting nor wasting
Thou rulest in might
Thy justice like mountains
High soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains
Of goodness and love

To all life thou givest
To both great and small
In all life thou livest
The true life of all
We blossom and flourish
As leaves on the tree
And wither and perish
But naught changeth thee

Thou reignest in glory;
thou dwellest in light;
Thine angels adore thee
All veiling their sight
All praise we would render
O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor
Of light hideth thee

CCLI Song # 124466 CCLI License # 3194034
Walter Chalmers Smith
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

 

PRAISE AND TESTIMONIES
Briefly share your recent God-Sightings, joys, thankfulness, and good thoughts so the rest of us can rejoice with you.

PRAYER CONCERNS
We remain in solidarity with suffering children, immigrants, victims of war and storms, and everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additions from Last Week
Adam McIntosh, Boone Sutton, Byron, Cecil Moore, Dan Wyatt, Becky Cromwell, Cheryl Lawson, Chuck Denson, Kelly Walker, Randy Bagwell, Dianne Stallion

Health Care Workers
Ron Fowler, Melissa Milam, Donna Smith, Greer Waldrop, Joy Crook, Susie Schumann, Michelle Adcock, Elizabeth Uys

Homebound
Freda & Dan Wyatt, Mary Lou Anderson, Betty Travis,
Carl Hamilton, Ruth Purvis

Military Families
Ron Fowler, Dylan Field, Kale Merrick, Matthew Petway, Sarah Petway,  Randy Bagwell, Christopher Telle, Brittany Jones, Bryar Fortner

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for February 7-13:
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
From St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville AR, Worship Bulletin

Holy God, inspire and empower your Church, commissioned to bear the Good News to all the earth, that we may be all things to all people, serving everyone for the sake of the gospel.

Great is our God and mighty in power;
          there is no limit to God’s wisdom.

 Reach out your hand and lift up all who suffer from illness or fear, violence or threat, that those who wait upon you shall renew their strength.

Great is our God and mighty in power;
          there is no limit to God’s wisdom.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION

God of grace and glory,
we thank you that you judge us not
by the perfection of our actions,
but by our readiness
to live boldly by faith.
Help us, as individuals
and as a congregation,
to trust you
and follow where you lead,
t
hat in Christ
your name may be glorified
in all the earth. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Leader to people:
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!

All to each other:
In the name of Jesus Christ,
you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

PASTORAL PRAYER

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

God of grace and mercy, you are the source of the true healing that can make us whole. We remember this morning that Jesus’ ministry was deeply involved in both healing of people’s bodies and healing of relationships. As we take time now in worship to offer our spiritual gifts to you, we pray that they might be used to bring healing – of body, of spirit, of broken relationships – to people who are in desperate need. We pray this in the holy Jesus’ name. Amen.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

We give thanks for those who are continuing their financial support of our ministries with online, mail-in, in-person, or drop-off tithes and offerings.

We offer to the Lord our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, together with the elements each brings to their table for consecration to be for each of us the body and blood of Christ.

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praise God all creatures here below!
Praise God above, ye Heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

CCLI Song # 56204 CCLI License # 3194034
Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

 

THE BIBLE READING
Mark 1:29-39

29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.

31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.

37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
Series: The Best Part of Heaven
Affirmation: We believe in the resurrection of the body.
“Full Restoration”
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.

The Sting
 Jesus wept.  John 11:35 (KJV)

Lazarus
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; 26 and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 (KJV)

Temple
But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple. John 2:21 (GNT)

Bodily Resurrection
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Matthew 28:6 (KJV)

 The Trumpet Sound
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
“When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound
And time shall be no more
And the morning breaks eternal bright and fair
When the saved of earth
Shall gather over on the other shore
And the roll is called up yonder
I’ll be there

When the roll is called up yonder
When the roll is called up yonder
When the roll is called up yonder
When the roll is called up yonder
I’ll be there

On that bright and cloudless morning
When the dead in Christ shall rise
And the glory of His resurrection share
When His chosen ones shall gather
To their home beyond the skies
And the roll is called up yonder
I’ll be there

Let us labor for the Master
From the dawn till setting sun
Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care
Then when all of life is over
And our work on earth is done
And the roll is called up yonder
I’ll be there

CCLI Song # 31315 CCLI License # 3194034
James Milton Black
© Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain

PASSING THE PEACE

May the peace of Christ be with you all!
And also with you!

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
for the Season after Pentecost
The United Methodist Book of Worship

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere
to give thanks to you,
Almighty God,
creator of heaven and earth.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or you had formed the earth,
from everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God.
You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,
and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so, with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
we praise your name
and join their unending hymn:

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.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,
in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation.

You sent a star to guide wise men to where the Christ was born;
and in your signs and witnesses, in every age and through all the world,
you have led your people from far places to his light.

In his baptism and in table fellowship he took his place with sinners.

Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
and to announce that the time had come
when you would save your people.

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 for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these
your 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.

Christ has died;
Christ is risen;
Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit
on each and every one of us
gathered here out of love for you,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
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.

enew our communion with all your saints,
especially those whom we name before you—
Name(s)—(in our hearts ).
Silence may be kept for the remembrance of names.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith.

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 Father,
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in 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,
for ever. Amen.

BREAKING THE BREAD

Because there is one loaf,
we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

The cup over which we give thanks is a sharing in the blood of Christ.

SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP

The body of Christ, given for you. Amen.
The blood of Christ, given for you. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
A Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic

by Rev. Lane Cotton Winn and Rev. Juan Huertas
Louisiana Conference
of The United Methodist Church

Day after day after day
you give yourself to us:
in two or three gathered in your name,
in connection across the miles,
and in bread and wine.

As we go from this gathering
around your table,
may we feel restored to your body,
companioned by your people,
and sustained
by the power of your Spirit

as we witness to your healing
and reconciling work.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Blessed Are the Poor Among You”

Blessed are the poor among you, Jesus said.
Blessed are you hungry ones who long for bread.
Blessed are you mournful when your tears abound.
God is turning everything around.
Hear the good news!
God is giving you the kingdom and the laughter.
God will fill you…
And you will know the joy that overflows.

Blessed are you weary who are long oppressed,
All because you follow God in faithfulness.
Leap for joy, for God will give you life anew.
Long ago, the prophets struggled, too!
Hear the good news!
God is giving you the kingdom and the laughter.
God will fill you…
And you will know the joy that overflows.

Woe to all you rich who live with blinders on,
Feasting at your tables till the food is gone.
Woe to you who laugh and live without a care,
Woe! when people praise you everywhere.
God has spoken:
You have all received your joy and consolation.
I was hungry…
But did you share what God had given you?
God, your way of working is a great surprise!
Help us all to see your world through faithful eyes.
Only in your kingdom is our true joy found.
By your Spirit, turn our lives around!
Yours is good news!
You have offered us the kingdom and the laughter.
Please, God, fill us,
And we will know the joy that overflows.

Biblical References: Luke 6:20-26; Matthew 25:31-46
Text: Copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.
Tune: Russell Kelso Carter, 1886 (“Standing on the Promises”)

“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus, Mark 16:15

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
We invite you, your friends, and your family to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ, and to full participation and membership in our congregation. 

GOING FORTH TO LOVE OTHERS
AS CHRIST LOVES US

CHORAL BENEDICTION
“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”

Beloved let us love one another
For love is of God and ev’ryone that loveth
Is born of God and knoweth God
He that loveth not knoweth not God for God is love
Beloved let us love one another
First John four seven and eight

CCLI Song # 26344; CCLI License # 3194034
Dennis Ryder
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