The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812
Pastor Karen Crawford
Ashley Bryant, Liturgist
Alice Hoover, Organist
The full virtual service:
Prelude: Light of the Living God… David Paxton Alice Hoover, organ
We are in the church season of Epiphany – the season of light. Listen for the light’s “crescendo” in the last segment of this piece – the full light of the living God.
Opening Sentences: Ashley Bryant
Come and see the grace of God,
Christ our teacher and our friend.
Come and see the son of God,
Christ our healer and salvation.
God is moving in this place.
Come and see! Come and see.
Hymn: Jesus Calls Us…text, Cecil Frances Alexander music, William H. Jude
Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea;
day by day his sweet voice soundeth saying, “Christian, follow me.”
Jesus calls us: by thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully as creatures in need of your constant care. We confess that we have neither heard your word nor followed your will. We have failed our nation, neighbors, families, friends, and ourselves. Give us ears to hear your wisdom. Lead us to honesty and faith so that we may begin again with renewed strength; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Time with Children and Youth
Prayer for Illumination
I Samuel 3:1-20; John 1:43-51
Holy wisdom, holy word. Thanks be to God!
Message: Here I Am
Hymn: I, the Lord of Sea and Sky… Daniel L. Schutte
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?
Refrain: 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 I my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them. They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send?
Prayer of Thanksgiving/Lord’s Prayer
We praise and thank you, Lord God, for the majesty of your work, the wisdom of your word, and the generosity of your grace. Let the gifts of our lives bear witness to your goodness and mercy, your faithfulness and justice, and your steadfast love for all. And we continue our prayer as Jesus taught us. 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Postlude: Great Day…. African American spiritual… setting, Robert J. Powell
The African American community has blessed America with a wealth of music. Today’s postlude is in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tomorrow.