The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

The United Methodist Church of Enfield

 

2nd Sunday After the Epiphany  January 17, 2021 

 

Guide for Online Worship

 

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We Gather in God’s Name

Gathering

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

HymnOpen My Eyes, That I May See (verses 1&2)

Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me; 
place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. 
Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. 
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! 

Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear; 
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear. 
Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. 
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine! 

 

Opening Prayer

Wonderful God of all knowledge,

share your wisdom with us

in this time of quiet reflection.

Open our ears to hear your call.

Widen our vision to see your presence.

Broaden our thoughts to know your ways.

Speak to us now. In hope and trust, we pray. Amen.

 

We Proclaim & Respond to God’s Word

 

*Psalm Reading – Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.

3You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

4Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.

5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

13For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

17How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.

 

Musical Reflection – Father, We Have Heard You Calling

Father, we have heard you calling to your church in every age;
for a sign of true devotion for a sacrifice of praise.
In this place where you have brought us, may we always seek to be
one in love and one in worship – children of eternity.

 

Jesus Christ, our faith's perfecter, priest and advocate above.
We would reach our broken nation with the truth of your great love.
So transform our feeble witness, may we always live to be
one in love and one in worship – children of eternity.

 

Old Testament Reading – 1 Samuel 3:1-10

1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the 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. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and 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. 6The 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.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The 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. 9Therefore 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. 10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

 

Sermon – Say That Again?

 

Silent Reflection

 

Response to Word – Here I Am Lord (verse 1)

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.

I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 

 

Concerns & Celebrations

 

Intercessory Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

We Give Thanks for God’s Gifts

 

Giving Our Tithes, Offerings and Other Gifts

 

Offertory Prayer

Jesus, you promised that we will come to see

heaven opened and angels dancing in splendor.

Our offerings are a thanksgiving for these gifts.

We open hearts and share our possessions

so that the church’s work is made strong

for the sake of this needy world.

Bless in every way, O Lord,

the gifts of the people here given.  Amen.

 

We Go Forth in God’s Name

 

*Hymn – Sanctuary (sing twice)      

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving. I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

 

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit:  Litanies and prayers adapted from Abingdon Worship Annual (© 2011, Abingdon Press, used with permission); Feasting on the Word Worship Companion – Year B, Volume 1 ( © 2014, Westminster John Knox Press, used by permission).  “Open My Eyes, That I May See” #454, “Here I Am Lord”  #593 The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989);  “Sanctuary” # 2164  The Faith We Sing (© Abingdon Press, 2000). “Father, We Have Heard You Calling”  #3150 (© 2011, Abingdon Press, used with permission).  CCLI Licenses: Copyright License #2543459; Streaming License # 20471775.