Worship: Online Saturday, Jan 30 at 5 pm & Sunday, Jan 31 at 11 am

The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him.  Luke 2:40 (GNT)  

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2021-01-31 Presentation 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 and Nicene Creeds.
Affirmation:
Apostles’ Creed: “We believe in… the forgiveness of sins.”
Nicense Creed: “We believe in one baptism for the remission of sins.”
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Online meeting opens 15 minutes early
so we can greet each other as we gather
before the worship services.

WELCOME

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
January 31- February 6

Birthdays
Bill Lawson
Kendall Cavanah

Anniversaries

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

      • Wednesday Bible Study, 6:30 pm
        • 3 John
      • 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
“Sanctuary ”

Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You

CCLI Song # 24140 CCLI License # 3194034
John W. Thompson | Randy Scruggs
© 1982 Full Armor Publishing Company

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
Byron, Jerome Alsobrook, Karen Heise, Martha Hopgood, Matt Wyatt, Shelby Weaver, Terry McIntosh, Becky Cromwell, Bonnie Ross, Cecil Moore, Carolyn Farmer, Glenda Wyatt, Jan Claus, Jennifer Riley, Jerry Womack, Sissy Womack

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

Homebound
Dianne Stallion, 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 January 31 – February 6:
Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia

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

Good and Holy God, in Jesus you have freed us for love and rebuked everything that threatens us: Hear the prayers of your people, that all creation may be reconciled to you, as we pray:

          Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
and the kingdom of God has come near.

Remind the whole world of your marvelous works, that your grace and compassion may guide our lives.  :

          Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart;
and the kingdom of God has come near.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
AND RECONCILIATION
Brief silent consideration of how we have responded to our personal and congregational opportunities to do good, as we face ourselves honestly in the presence of the Almighty.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May Almighty God have mercy on us
to bless our good works
and forgive us our sins,
and lead us into everlasting life.

PASTORAL PRAYER

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.

OFFERTORY
www.Briensburg.org/donate

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

We offer to the Lord our prayers,
our presence, our gifts,
our service, and our witness,
praying they will be multiplied
for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom.

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
Links to multiple translations:
Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

HYMN OF CELEBRATION

“Majesty”

Majesty worship His majesty
Unto Jesus be all glory
Honor and praise
Majesty kingdom authority
Flow from His throne
Unto His own His anthem raise
So exalt lift up on high
The name of Jesus
Magnify come glorify
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty worship His majesty
Jesus who died now glorified
King of all kings

CCLI Song # 1527 CCLI License # 3194034
Jack Hayford
© 1981 New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)

 

PASSING THE PEACE

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

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

CONVERSATIONAL SERMON
Series: The Best Part of Heaven
Affirmation: We believe in the forgiveness of sins.
“The Heart of the Gospel”
Everyone is invited to share as the Pastor leads a discussion of these sermon points.

Omission and Commission
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Ephesians 3:9 (KJV)

 Example of Jesus
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:34 (KJV)

As We Have Been Forgiven
Forgive us the wrongs we have done,
as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.
Matthew 6:12 (GNT)

 Physical and Spiritual Healing
Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both.”  Matthew 9:5-6 (MSG)

Extend to Everyone
Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”    John 20:22-23 (MSG)

 

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
The Altar in our hearts is always open

HYMN OF DEDICATION
“Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me
Melt me mold me
Fill me use me
Spirit of the Living God
Fall fresh on me

CCLI Song # 23488 CCLI License # 3194034
Daniel Iverson
© Words: 1935. Renewed 1963 Birdwing Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
Music: 1935. Renewed 1963 Birdwing Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

 

 

“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
© 1974 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)