Marshall Presbyterian Church
January 31, 2021, 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
* CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Praise the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord with
our whole heart, in the company of the congregation.
All: Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who
delight in them.
One: Full of honor and majesty is God’s work,
whose righteousness endures forever.
All: God has gained renown by wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #625 How Great Thou Art
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, we confess our complicity in the lies of
racism, sexism and classism — whether we have benefited
from these lies or been subjected to them. We have been
silent when others are disparaged or held in contempt
…silent prayers of confession…Forgive us and liberate us
from the enslavements of our world. Restore us to a life
of mutuality, love and justice for all. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your
Holy Spirit, so that the Scripture we read will illumine
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
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 See bulletin
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
One: The Word of God for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE: Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith)
In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #451 Open My Eyes, That I May See
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS (See bulletin insert)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (The Lord’s Prayer is
located at the bottom of page 35 in the purple hymnal.)
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*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, giver of all good gifts, we offer these gifts to you in return, with gratitude for the gifts you have showered upon us, including the gift of our very lives. May they ‒ and
we ‒ bear your peace, love and justice into our community and our world. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #542
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
* = Please rise in body or in spirit.
WHAT’S GOING ON AT MPC?
Today, after worship Congregational Mtg.
February 7, after worship Makeup Congregational Mtg.
Wednesday, February 17 Drive-by Ash Wednesday?
Thursday, February, 18 Alex’s birthday
Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Neighbors in Need
6:30 p.m. NA
6:45-7:30-ish Gentle Faith
Fridays, 7 p.m. AA