CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Fifth Sunday after Epiphany February 4, 2018 10:30 A.M.
THE THING IS Ellen Bass to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything youâ€™ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its topical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again.
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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS INVITATION TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP *CALL TO WORSHIP Let us give thanks to the Lord with willing hearts, offering praise in the midst of the congregation Great are God’s works; the ways of the Lord are studied by all who delight in them. The deeds of the Lord are full of majesty and splendor; God performs acts of justice and mercy across the whole earth. The reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; thanks and praise endure among God’s people forever!
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PRAYER OF CONFESSION Holy God, we confess that we don’t like to confess and we give thanks, if grudgingly, that you compel us to do it. We would continue down the easy road of “good enough for who it’s for.” But, like a conductor stopping the orchestra to retune, or a master carpenter taking time regularly to sharpen tools, you compel us to take time each week to remember the people you have created and called us to be, see honestly where we have erred and strayed, and trust you to restore us to your image. For your love which will not let us be less than you know us to be, we give you thanks. (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, 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. CHILDREN’S SERMON PSALM READING Response
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. --R He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. --R The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures for ver. --R 5
At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement. She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, “Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.” ’ Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. *GOSPEL READINGS
The Parable of the Talents ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made 6
two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. SERMON Rev. Mark McDonough PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER OFFERING RESPONSE Take, O Take Me as I Am
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. . . who forever proclaim your glory:
. . . Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ: 8
Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. . . . send us 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
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*CLOSING HYMN *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: Michael Wininsky Liturgist: Margaret McDonough Acolyte: Elijah Paik Communion: Anna Martin Usher: Tom Martin Counter: Tom Martin Coffee Hour:
February 11, 2018 Musician: Michael Wininsky Liturgist: Cindy Thomas Acolyte: Lyndia Kalumbula Communion: Anna Jessica Jagusch Usher: Kasongo Kalumbula Counter: Steve Jagusch Coffee Hour: “Love” Second Table and ANNUAL MEETING
CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. COFFEE FELLOWSHIP Thank you all for stepping up to the plate, we are currently looking for coffee hosts for February 18th 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.
TAIZE SERVICE Our next Taize service will be held on February 13th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. These will be happening the second Tuesday of each month, so add it to your 2018 calendar. If you’d like to join your voice with ours, please put this into your calendar. 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! 2/10 Jonnie Guernsey 2/12 Utezi Kalumbula 2/15 Dave Peters 2/18 Tom Martin 2/28 Kasongo Kalumbula 2/28 Liam Jagusch
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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