CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sixth Sunday after Epiphany February 11, 2018 10:30 A.M. BEING SO WILD, HOW CAN ANYONE HOLD HER? This morning, early, a hummingbird flutters beside the hibiscus, untamed as your daughterâ€™s infant daughter now sleeping restlessly in her crib, her breath softly creaking, like the Boston rocker where you sit watching her, a new form of prayer. Opening her eyes, what does she see? You, but unfocussed as a strange blue river pouring around her, now raising her up, your scent encircling her, she finds she can swim in your voice which hums the old hymn she has awakened in you so she calms and releases herself slowly and you begin to understand: to keep a hummingbird in your hand, you must hold her firmly so she doesnâ€™t panic, lightly, lightly so she can breathe. Jeanne Murray Walker
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS INVITATION TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP *CALL TO WORSHIP The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. *HYMN
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
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PRAYER OF CONFESSION If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. In humility and faith let us confess our sin to God. Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your forgiveness. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. (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. 4
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
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.’ --R Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, I will come into your house with burnt-offerings; 5
I will pay you my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. --R FIRST READINGS
Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying, ‘All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—all alike are to be put to death. Only if the king holds out the golden sceptre to someone, may that person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for thirty days.’ When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.’ *GOSPEL READINGS
I Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. 6
One Body with Many Members For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. SERMON Rev. Mark McDonough PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER OFFERING RESPONSE Take, O Take Me as I Am
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
. . . 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. . . . 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 *CLOSING HYMN
We Are Marching in the Light of God
*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: Cindy Thomas Acolyte: Lyndia Kalumbula Communion: Anna Jessica Jagusch Usher: Kasongo Kalumbula Counter: Steve Jagusch Coffee Hour: “Love” Second Table and ANNUAL MEETING
February 18, 2018 Musician: Laura Wengler Liturgist: Richard Harter Acolyte: Maya Meyers-Wesley Communion: Carolyn McCarthy Usher: John Schmitt Counter: John Schmitt Coffee Hour:
CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNUAL MEETING The congregation is meeting to review 2017 and plan for the year TODAY. Please stay for the February potluck and our 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. PURIM ???***????
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 2/12 Utezi Kalumbula 2/15 Dave Peters 2/18 Tom Martin 2/28 Kasongo Kalumbula 2/28 Liam Jagusch 3/2 Carolyn McCarthy 3/5 Debby Peters 3/6 Nan Kim
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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