Second Sunday of Epiphany: January 17th, 2021

Hymn: Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

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Welcome

Call to Worship

Τhus says the Lord,
who created and formed you:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
Before you were born I called you,
And formed you in your mother’s womb to be my servant.
I have blessed you, equipped you, and inspired you
To be a blessing to others.

Let us worship God,
in humility and awe,
joy and thanksgiving.

Collect

Persevering God,
by your sure voice
you rouse us from our slumber
and call us to discipleship and mission
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

In a time when “the Word of the Lord was rare”, the boy Samuel receives a call to speak truth to power.

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ Then the Lord said to Samuel, ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfil against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house for ever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering for ever.’ Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, ‘Samuel, my son.’ He said, ‘Here I am.’ Eli said, ‘What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.’ So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, ‘It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.’

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, Thanks be to God.

Psalm 139 (led by Dawn and Karen Spidle)

Lord, you have searched me out and known me. *
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.

Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will thank you because I am marvellously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; *
all of them were written in your book;

they were fashioned day by day, *
when as yet there was none of them.

How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
How great is the sum of them!

If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

Hymn: Lord You Search Me and You Know Me

O God, you search me, and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you are before me:
ever the maker and keeper of my days

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting, you besiege me:
in every moment of life or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
You have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future, too

Although your Spirit is upon me,
still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on Earth I can escape you:
even the darkness is radiant in your sight.

For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

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The Gospel: John 1:43-51

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.
He found Philip and said to him,
‘Follow me.’
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him,
‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’
Nathanael said to him,
‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
Philip said to him,
‘Come and see.’
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him,
‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’
Nathanael asked him,
‘Where did you come to know me?’
Jesus answered,
‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’
Nathanael replied,
‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’
Jesus answered,
‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than these.’
And he said to him,
‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Rev. Paul Jennings

Hymn: Will You Come and Follow Me

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Prayers of the People (led by Sheila Hulford)

Our Father

Blessing

May God bless you with ears to listen to the still small voice.
May you have strength to follow Christ’s call to be his disciple.
May you discern the Spirit’s bountiful gifts showered upon you.
And may you live a life of service for others, in joy and gratitude.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
Creator, Friend, and Spirit,
be amongst you and remain with you,
now and forever. Amen.

Hymn: Here I Am, Lord