Jan. 31, 2021 Worship

The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812

Pastor Karen Crawford

Mark Wagner, Organist

Bob and Marialice Mauch, Liturgists

Debbie Clark, Soloist

Jesus Heals
Worship for Jan. 21, 2021 with The Presbyterian Church

Prelude: Dir, dir Jehova will ich singen August Reinhard (1831-1912) Mark Wagner, organ

Jehova, let me now adore Thee
When thus my heart in prayer ascendeth, through Thine own Holy Spirit, unto Thee,
Thy heart, O Father, kindly bendeth its fervent love and favor unto me,
Rejoicing my petition to fulfill which I have made according to Thy will.

Mark Wagner, organ


Opening Sentences: Bob Mauch

Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart

in the company of the congregation.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,

ever mindful of the covenant.

The works of God’s hands are faithful and just,

established forever and ever.

Holy and awesome is God’s name.

God’s praise endures forever!

Gathering Prayer

Hymn # 626 As the Deer (2x): To download the hymnal pages, click below:

Mark Wagner, organ

Call to Confession/Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Pardon

Holy and all-powerful God, who commands all spirits, comforts those in distress, and casts out destructive forces, we confess that we are unable to do your will. We protect what is familiar and reject what is unknown. We admire those with courage but excuse ourselves when we falter from the truth. We forget that you are always with us, and that with you all things are possible. Forgive us, lead us, make us new. Remove our desire to heed false prophets and show us your way; in Christ we pray. Amen.

Time with Children

Prayer for Illumination

Reading: 1 Cor. 8:1-13

8 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. “Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? 11 So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12 But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

Holy wisdom, holy word. Thanks be to God!

Reading: Mark 1:21-28

21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

This is the gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ!

Message: A new teaching—with authority!

Hymn # 772 Live into Hope (stanzas 1 and 2) To download the hymnal pages, click below:

Live into Hope; Mark Wagner, organ

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Though I May Speak (The Gift of Love)          Debbie Clark and Mark Wagner

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Lord’s Prayer

For Earth, which you have molded, for creatures and animals, plants, water, air, and fire, for Jesus who died and rose again, for the breath of life, we give you thanks, O God. Let these gifts be used for good wherever there is need, in the name of the One who taught us to pray….

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: Brethren, We Have Met to Worshiparranged, Sam Batt Owens

Mark Wagner, organ

Published by karenpts

I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Come and visit! We want to share God’s love and grace with you and encourage you on your journey of faith. I have served Presbyterian congregations in Minnesota, Florida and Ohio since my ordination in 2011. I am a 2010 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and am working on a doctor of ministry degree with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am married to Jim and we have 5 grown children and two grandchildren in our blended family. We are parents to fur babies, Liam, an orange tabby cat, and Minnie, a toy poodle.

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