Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 10 bulletin

Marshall Presbyterian Church

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



* 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



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.


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.


Special MUSIC


THE Scriptures

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

    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

Prayers of the People 

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 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.


Purple Hymnal #375         Shall We Gather at the River


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. or visit us on Facebook!


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