Today we welcome our guest pastor: Rev. Dr. Diane Christopherson.
The Rev. Dr. Diane Christopherson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has training in transitional ministry and mediation and experience in campus ministry, interim ministry in congregations across the country, and chaplaincy in hospitals, hospices, and long-term care facilities.
Worship Guide January 23, 2021
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship Nelia Fick
Micah 6:8 asks and answers, “What does God require of us?
To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.”
Friends, we know what God desires of us:
That we do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
We gather this morning to remind each other about that;
To remember that now is always the right time to do these things.
So with thanks in our hearts, let us worship God.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Children’s Message Donna Andre
First Scripture: Numbers 27:1-8, 11b (CEV) Nelia Fick
Zelophehad was from the Manasseh tribe, and he had five daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
One day his daughters went to the sacred tent, where they met with Moses, Eleazar, and some other leaders of Israel, as well as a large crowd of Israelites. The young women said:
You know that our father died in the desert. But it was for something he did wrong, not for joining with Korah in rebelling against the Lord.
Our father left no sons to carry on his family name. But why should his name die out for that reason? Give us some land like the rest of his relatives in our clan, so our father’s name can live on.
Moses asked the Lord what should be done, and the Lord answered:
Zelophehad’s daughters are right. They should each be given part of the land their father would have received.
Tell the Israelites that when a man dies without a son, his daughter will inherit his land. … This is my law, and the Israelites must obey it.
Second Scripture: Acts 6:1-7 (CEV) Rev. Christopherson
A lot of people were now becoming followers of the Lord. But some of the ones who spoke Greek started complaining about the ones who spoke Aramaic. They complained that the Greek-speaking widows were not given their share when the food supplies were handed out each day.
The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together and said, “We should not give up preaching God’s message in order to serve at tables. My friends, choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God’s Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things. 4 We can spend our time praying and serving God by preaching.”
This suggestion pleased everyone, and they began by choosing Stephen. He had great faith and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they chose Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and also Nicolaus, who worshiped with the Jewish people in Antioch. These men were brought to the apostles. Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on the men to show that they had been chosen to do this work. God’s message spread, and many more people in Jerusalem became followers. Even a large number of priests put their faith in the Lord.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Prayer of Confession:
Sometimes, O God, we forget people, or we toss them aside – the difficult ones, the needy ones, the ones that are hard to spend time with, the ones who confront us. And sometimes when we do things like that, it’s not really about the other people, but about us. We are uncomfortable, or we feel guilty, or we follow brighter, shinier people, or we worry about what will make us look good. We are in such need of your forgiveness. We need to be forgiven for our sin, for our mistakes, for mistaking what the world values with what you value. Help us to be better, and to see more clearly, and to care more thoroughly. In Christ we pray. Amen.
—Beth Merrill Neel | http://www.holdfasttowhatisgood.com
— silence is kept —
Assurance of God’s Love and Grace
Passing of the peace
Sermon Rev.Dr. Diane Christopherson
Offerings of Thanksgiving
Prayer of Dedication
Beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. And keep on doing the things you have learned, and received, and heard, and seen from the witness of the saints. May you know deep within that the God of peace is with you.
Extinguish Christ Candle