CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Third Sunday after Epiphany January 21, 2018 10:30 A.M.
APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA BIBLIO I had to sit down a bit to write this morning because the last two days I put in maybe 12 hours sorting the books on nature and religion donated for the Community Club book sale to benefit our local public library making countless trips back and forth between boxes and my tables like I was on this eccentric exercise wheel in an all-volunteer non-Euclidean multi-verse. On the religion table I decided to go political by sorting the books into categories of Bibles, myths and mythologies, recently discovered non-canonical gospels of early Christianity, liberal Christian theology, Asian and South Asian religions and then segregating all books youâ€™d expect in a non-academic Christian bookstore where the cover photos all flash great smiles, the titles are pseudo-psychology self-help upbeat and the only book that seems like it couldnâ€™t possibly be written by a Christian is the Bible. --Ed Zahniser
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS INVITATION TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP *CALL TO WORSHIP Welcome to this sacred place: House of prayer for many and home to all who come. Welcome to this gathering place: Friend and stranger, saint and sinner in all who gather here. Come with hope or hesitation; come with joy or yearning; all who hunger, all who thirst for life in all its fullness. *HYMN
We Rejoice to Be Godâ€™s Chosen
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our failure to be what you created us to be. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. By your loving mercy, help us to live in your light and abide in your ways. (Silent prayer) *ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, 6
keep us in eternal life. Amen. PASSING THE PEACE Since Christ has made us the blessed community, the church, let us greet one another with the peace and joy of Christ. Peace and joy be with you! And also with you. CHILDRENâ€™S SERMON CHURCH IN THE WORLD PSALM READING
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. --R Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us; 7
none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted. --R Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required. Then I said, ‘Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.’ --R I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. --R FIRST READING
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 4:1-3, 9-11
Conversion of Nineveh The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. Jonah’s Anger But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the 8
Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ Jonah Is Reproved But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?’ And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?’
*GOSPEL READING Mark 5:1-20 Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; and the unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake. The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
SERMON Rev. Mark McDonough PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORDâ€™S PRAYER OFFERING RESPONSE Take, O Take Me as I Am
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
. . . and place, who forever proclaim your glory:
. . . Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. . . . out to be the body of Christ in the world. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen. ANOINTING *CLOSING HYMN
Do Not Retreat
*BENEDICTION Blessing and laughter and loving be yours the love of a great God who names you and holds you while the earth turns and the heavens dance this day this night this moment and forever, Amen.
ASSISTING WITH WORSHIP TODAY Musician: Laura Wengler Liturgist: Bekki Schmitt Acolyte: Maya Meyers-Wesley Communion: Jessica Jagusch Usher: Ashanti Cook Counter: Steve Jagusch Coffee Hour: YOU?
January 28, 2018 Musician: Michael Winininsky Liturgist: Margaret McDonough Acolyte: Lyndia Kalumbula Communion: Carolyn McCarthy Usher: Richard Harter Counter: Richard Harter Coffee Hour: Second Table – “New” theme
CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS COFFEE FELLOWSHIP Thank you all for stepping up to the plate, we are currently looking for coffee hosts for January 14th and on. CALVARY LABYRINTH The labyrinth is open to the public for walks every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 4:30 – 6 p.m. We are also hosting more private labyrinth groups. If you are willing to help out with hosting a labyrinth event, please contact Jonnie Guernsey or Nan Kim-Paik. There are weekday, weekday evening, weekend, and Sunday labyrinths. FIRST POTLUCK OF 2018 Our first 'second table' potluck of the year will be on January 28th. It will have the theme "New," so cook with your new cookware, try your new recipes, serve the food a new way, or just show up with a new appreciation for your fellow Calvarians. ANNUAL MEETING The congregation will be meeting again to review 2017 and plan for the year on February 11, 2018. Please put it into your calendar and join us for our February potluck and annual meeting. SOUTHSIDE SOUP #3 The Hegers invite us to join them at “Southside SOUP,” which is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in District 14. The event is on February 11th at Puddler's Hall from 4-7pm. For a donation of $10 for adults (children 12 and under are free) attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban ag, social justice, education, tech and more. Presenters share their ideas for 4 min and answer 4 questions from the audience. At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 1/27 John Schmitt 1/27 Steven Smith 1/28 Cindy Thomas 2/10 Jonnie Guernsey 2/12 Utezi Kalumbula 2/15 Dave Peters 2/18 Tom Martin
Our Vision: Saying yes to abundant life. Our Mission: To embrace and affirm all who come through our doors as people created in the image of God; To love through compassionate service, innovative worship, nurturing education and scandalous hospitality; To be a sanctuary for all who need, all who want, all who question, all who seek; To lead in the work for justice and equality, to bind ourselves in solidarity with those who suffer, to be a sign of Christâ€™s love in the world; To preserve this historic landmark building that serves as our wider communityâ€™s gathering place for celebration, discussion, reflection and the performing arts in the heart of the city.
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