Saturday, January 16, 2021

Worship Sunday January 17th

 Hello Friends-

We will Worship the both in the Sanctuary and on Zoom this Sunday January 17th. The bulletin is in the comments below, to help follow along. Below is the Zoom link. Topic: Sunday Worship Time: This is a recurring meeting 10:45 to 12:15 Click Below to Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86016159653?pwd=UzVTdmZmS0ZUaDNEa0lXVVFRZGJLdz09

Bulletin for January 17, 2021

 Marshall Presbyterian Church

January 17, 2021, 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
WELCOME
* CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We are called to seek good and not evil, that we may live;
and so that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with us.
All: We are called to hate evil and love good, and establish justice.
One: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness
like an ever-flowing stream.
All: We seek to be a people that embodies God’s justice.
By the power of God at work within us, may it be so.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Red Hymnal #562 Be Thou My Vision
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, we confess our failures to discern the ways that racism and other demons of hostility have warped our common humanity. Claiming to be “colorblind” or “not racist,” we have failed to see racism as a disease that infects us all…silent prayers of confession…Yet we know that your Spirit heals the wounds in our lives and empowers us to extend that healing into the life of our communities. Empower us by your Spirit, O God, to be people who live more fully into the promise of our baptisms that in Jesus Christ there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, or male and female. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: In Christ, all the dividing walls of hostility have come down so that we might live in justice, friendship and peace.
Friends, hear the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ
we are forgiven and restored, and set on right paths!
All: Thanks be to God. Amen!
* 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
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
THE SCRIPTURES
Gospel: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Old Testament: John 1:43-51
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE: Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (adapted fr. Confession of 1967, 9.15)
God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of the human mind. Human thought ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness. But God reveals divine love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving sinful men and women. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #720 Jesus Calls Us
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
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.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O God, receive the gifts we offer as a sign of our commitment to live into our calling as a community of hope, love and justice for this world. May these gifts be part of your own work in the world to establish the flourishing of all your children and the whole creation. Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #728 Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door
*INVITATION
*CHARGE

Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 10th Worship

January 10th gather to worship and enjoy fellowship remotely through Zoom or in the sanctuary, carefully masked and distanced.

Below is the Zoom information for January 10th worship.
Time: This is a recurring meeting 10:45 to 12:15

January 10 bulletin

Marshall Presbyterian Church

January 10, 2021, Baptism of the Lord
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor 

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

wELCOME

* CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 148)

One: The voice of the Lord is powerful and full of majesty.

All    May the Lord bless us with God’s peace!

One: The voice of the Lord proclaimed Jesus

as God’s beloved.

All:   In our own baptisms, we are claimed

as God’s beloved.

* Opening Prayer

* HYMN          Red Hymnal #288        We Three Kings

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, we confess that we are estranged from you
and from one another.  We treat others as strangers or enemies rather than as people created in your image and fellow children of God.  We exploit the earth as though it were our possession rather than a gift entrusted to our care and a reflection of your image and glorysilent prayers of confessionForgive us our sins and transform us by your Spirit so that we live “see-through lives” as people who have been baptized as your own children.  Amen.

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

One: Friends, hear the good news of the gospel and

of Jesus’ solidarity in his own baptism by John

with all who have been immersed in baptismal

waters, repenting of their sin. God has forgiven us

of our sins and set us on new paths. Let us remember our baptisms and trust in God’s mercy to restore our right standing as God’s own.

All:   Thanks be to God.  Amen!

 

* 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

Special MUSIC

 HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WOR

THE Scriptures

Old Testament:     Genesis 1:1-5                         See bulletin
Psalm:                     29                                            “
Epistle:                   Acts 19:1-7                             “
Gospel:                   Mark 1:4-11                           “

One:
    The Word of God for the people of God!
All:      Thanks be to God!

Message:                                                      Rev. Melissa Upchurch

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from A Brief Statement of Faith)

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.  The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.  The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.

* HYMN    Purple Hymnal #484   Congregation’s Choice

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS           
Prayers of the People 

Sharing the Gifts of God 

  Offertory

*Doxology (ca. 1500s)

  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.

*Prayer of dedication And thanksgiving

O God, in our baptisms we have been named and claimed as your covenant people, connected deeply with you, with one another and with the earth.  May these gifts be used as a witness to your love, peace and justice at work in the world, renewing the face of the earth.

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME 

Purple Hymnal #375         Shall We Gather at the River

*INVITATION
*CHARGE
*BENEDICTION


Genesis 1:1-5 – Common English Bible (CEB)

 

World’s creation in seven days

11When God began to create the heavens and the earth — 2the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— 3God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. 4God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. 5God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day.

 

Psalm 29 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

 

The Voice of God in a Great Storm

 

A Psalm of David.

1Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
    worship the Lord in holy splendor.

 

3The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

 

5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

 

7The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 

9The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
    and strips the forest bare;
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

 

 

 

Acts 19:1-7 – Common English Bible (CEB)

 

Paul in Ephesus

191While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul took a route through the interior and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you came to believe?”

 

They replied, “We’ve not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

 

3Then he said, “What baptism did you receive, then?”

 

They answered, “John’s baptism.”

4Paul explained, “John baptized with a baptism by which people showed they were changing their hearts and lives. It was a baptism that told people about the one who was coming after him. This is the one in whom they were to believe. This one is Jesus.” 5After they listened to Paul, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in other languages and prophesying. 7Altogether, there were about twelve people.

 

Mark 1:4-11 ‒ New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

 

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 

The Baptism of Jesus

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

WHAT’S GOING ON AT MPC?                                            

Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom :                    Session

Sunday, January 31, after worship:            Annual Congregational
                                           meeting; alt. date Feb. 7 after worship

Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.:                                             Neighbors in Need

                  6:30 p.m.:                                                                     NA

                  No Gentle Faith Class this week

Fridays, 7 p.m.                                                                               AA

 

 

Contact Barbara Zimmerman if you would like to buy tickets toward a quilt raffle to benefit Laurel Community Center.  The quilt is queen size and was made by Barbara’s sister Kathryn Zimmerman!  More about price during announcements. 

Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 S. Main Street, Marshall, NC 28753

Tel. 828 649 3622 / Pastor’s hours by appointment.

www.marshallpres.org or visit us on Facebook!

 

Worship liturgy by Roger Gench, © Presbyterian Outlook, 2020.

 

 

 


Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 3rd bulletin

 

Marshall Presbyterian Church

January 3, 2020, 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Carol Ann West, Pianist

Rev. Cathy Chang, Guest Minister

Alex and Carol Brown, Liturgists

 

ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME

 

wELCOME

* CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Psalm 147 and John 1)

One: Praise the Lord, O people!

All:   For God strengthens the weak and blesses the children.

One: God grants peace and gives abundance for all.

All:  God has created all things through the Word, and
         sustains the goodness of creation.

 

* Opening Prayer

 

* HYMN       Christmas carol – Congregation’s choice

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 

O God, you create and sustain all things by your Word. Your love is manifest throughout your good creation. Indeed, your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, so that we might see, hear and know you in ways never before possible. But we do not always trust in that revelation and in your sustaining power. We sometimes doubt that your abundant love will overcome hatred in our world. Forgive our disbelief. Have mercy upon us for our failure to abide in Christ and to walk in his light. Amen.

 

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

ALL: Hear the good news: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, and from that fullness we have all received grace upon grace. And to all who receive this good news, who believe in Jesus’ name, God grants power to become children of God — power to participate in God’s own life. Bear that family resemblance into the life of the world, for we are forgiven and restored to walk in the light, set on right paths of justice and peace. Amen.

 

* 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

 

SPECIAL MUSIC:   Congregation’s choice

 

HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

 

prayer for illumination

 

THE Scriptures

 

Gospel:                   John 1:1-18                      See Bulletin

Old Testament:     Jeremiah 31:7-14           Listen

 

One:    The Word of God for the people of God!

All:      Thanks be to God!

 

 

Message:                  A See-Through Life                 Rev. Cathy Chang

 

 

* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from Confession of Belhar)

We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; We believe that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. We believe that God’s life-giving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world. Jesus is Lord. To the one and only God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

* HYMN       Christmas Carol – Congregation’s choice

 

SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS            (See bulletin insert)

Prayers of the People and Lord’s prayer (The

Lord’s Prayer is located at the bottom of page 35 in the

purple hymnal)

 

Sharing the Gifts of God  

  Offertory

*Doxology (ca. 1500s)

  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.

 

* Prayer of dedication And thanksgiving

 

O God, receive the gifts we offer in gratitude for abundant gifts that we have received from you, and now return to you to further your work in the world. Amen.

 

GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME

 

* HYMN       Christmas carol – Congregation’s choice!

 

*INVITATION

*CHARGE

*BENEDICTION

 

 

 

 

John 1:1-18 (New Revised Standard Version)

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

 

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

 

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.