Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 6, 2022

Do not expect to receive the love from someone else you do not give yourself.
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You are invited to participate during worship by speaking aloud the bolded text.
Please stand as you are able whenever an asterisk (*) precedes a heading.

Service Order

Welcome

The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #334
Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place,
and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Sweet, Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove,
stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Words & Music: Doris Akers, 1962; Tune: Sweet, Sweet Spirit; © 1962 Manna Music, Inc., from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing.

Know that the One who made us is God;
Let us enter these gates with thanksgiving, and these courts with praise.

For the Lord is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever.

*Opening Hymn

The Faith We Sing #2130
The Summons

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

Words: John Bell, 2001, © 1987 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland); Music: Traditional Scottish; arr. by John Bell, © 1995 WGRG The Iona Community (Scotland), admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; Tune: Kelvingrove; from The Faith We Sing, © 2001 Abingdon Press; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

The Gospel Lesson

Paul Ashley

Luke 5:1-11 from The New Revised Standard Version

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon

Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard

Musical Reflection

Confession & Pardon

Beloved, let us turn to the most holy One and confess our sin, confident in God’s faithful and steadfast love for us. Let us pray.

O God, though we walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve and deliver us. Though our lips are not always clean and our hearts are not always pure, you call us. Forgive us, we pray, when we wander away from you, lost and at risk. Forgive us when our lives do not reflect your glory and the purposes you intend. Help us to comprehend your ways in the world. We long to feel your grace and know your glory, for in you, O God, we can be healed and set free; in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

Silent Prayer

The promise is this: God is faithful and steadfast, eager to forgive our sin and welcome us home. In Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been saved. Thanks be to God! 

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. From everlasting to everlasting, you alone are God. You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast. You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and spoke to us through your prophets. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ, in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation. In the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in his face. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. On the night in which he gave himself up for us, Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: “Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on 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 forever.  Amen.

Holy Communion

Solo

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Benediction

Choral Benediction

“God Be With You” by Derrick Byars

Acknowledgements

All scripture quotations used during service and listed in this bulletin are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Call to Worship and Confession & Pardon reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, copyright © 2015. Portions of The Great Thanksgiving adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship,  © 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House, and The Book of Common Prayer, © 1979 Seabury Press. Used by permission. All music and hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House and The Faith We Sing, © 2001 Abingdon Press. Reprinted by permission. CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579