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Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 17, 2021
Welcome and announcements
Rev. Andrew Heil
Prelude: We All Are One in Mission
Finnish folk tune, setting by Mark Sedio (1998)
Call to worship
The Church Litany, pages 5-8
Psalm 139: 1-18
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you.
John 1: 43-51
Hymn 697 - All Who Love and Serve Your City
Old Testament Lesson: 1 Samuel 3: 10-20
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen
Sermon - Let the Light In
Hymn 459 - How Like a Gentle Spirit
T. Sursum Corda
Reflection on giving
The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.
For financial giving online:
- Click the “Give Now” button on any page of the Home Church website. For more information, go to HomeMoravian.org/online-giving. You can make one-time or recurring gifts.
- Use the Moravian Ministries Foundation giving portal at https://mmfa.info/giving-portal/
Text HOME to 73256 on your phone.
Anthem - God Be In My Head
Andrew Carter (1991)
Prayers for the Church and the World
Hymn 644 - How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
Postlude - Wir Christenleut (We Christians All)
Setting by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
The flowers are placed in the sanctuary today by Cheryl and Gray Wilson in honor of their granddaughter, Mary-Elizabeth Clement "Birdie" Gommel, daughter of Dan and Lindsey Gommel, who reside in Berlin, Germany.
We embrace in sympathy
...the family of Kiki Teague, who died on January 11.
...Rev. Lynnette Delbridge on the loss of her father, Matthew Gay Delbridge, on January 12 in North Carolina.
Learning opportunities are available following worship this morning.
After morning worship, there is a continuation of children’s programming:
- 11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Upper Elementary God sees us…knows us...loves us (Psalm 139) Tweens Sunday School breakout session with Kernersville Moravian
- Youth Fellowship gathering begins at 2:00 pm; please contact Margaret Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org) for zoom link and other information
- Mission Focus (sponsored by Scripture Encore): A brief history of Moravian Missions and the Board of World Mission. What were our motivations, where did we go, what went well, what did not? Where are we today? Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, Director of Mission Engagement, Board of World Mission
- Bible Discussion: Galatians 3:15 and following
- Faith Journeys: Living Into Community
Tuesday, January 19:
Prayers for the Day
Wednesday, January 20:
Wednesday Night Fellowship program
Racial Equity Panel: Health and Education
6:30p gather; program from 6:45p-7:45p
Thursday, January 21:
Prayers for the Night
To Join by video,
To join by phone, call 1 (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 7460335693; Passcode: 34568983).
The Stewardship Committee would like to thank our members for their financial commitment to support our church’s ministries and programs. We are happy to report that as of January 10th, 272 commitments totaling $698,865 have been made for 2021. Home Church is blessed by the generosity of its members. Your pledge allows the Board of Trustees to create, with integrity, a budget for the new year. Thank you!
If you requested envelopes for 2021 please contact the church office to make arrangements for pickup.
Church Council to Be Reset Again; Boards to Extend Service
November 1, 2020, was the Sunday intended for the annual council of the Home Moravian Church. The pandemic, of course, made a general meeting of the congregation impossible; and so a non-quorum of ten members met in the sanctuary that day to reset the date of council to March 7, 2021.
This date, set with hope and optimism, now seems beyond reach as well. For this reason, the Board of Elders has voted that the church withhold its council until October 24, 2021. (A small number of members will meet on March 7 to officially reset the council date.)
As board elections will not be held until that new council date, all current members of the Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees have agreed to extend their terms by one year. Members scheduled to step down at the end of 2020 will instead serve through 2021; those scheduled to step down in 2021 will serve through 2022; and so on.
The Board of Elders has elected new officers for 2021. Sister Kaky Berry now serves as vice chair, and sister Betty Cole as secretary. The Board is grateful to Sister Robyn Goslen for her two years as vice chair, and to Sarah Durham for her two years as secretary.
We continue to hope for a better day. We note with excitement that Home Church members in health care fields have reported receiving COVID vaccines, and that vaccination is expected to soon become more broadly available. May the months to come lead us to hope, to health, and to reunion.
You can now support the ministries and outreach of Home Moravian, including online services, with the convenience of online giving.
When you click the Give Now button below, you will go to the AccessACS launch screen, from which you can make a one-time donation or create an account for recurring donations.