January 24, 2021
Third Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary 2, Year B

As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

This weeks readings will be done by Karen Rothenberger

(If you are interested in serving as a lector in worship please contact the church office.)

We worship in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
whose voice is upon the waters,
whose mercy is poured out upon all people,
whose goodness cascades over all creation.
Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.
Holy God,
you search us and know us.
You are acquainted with all our ways.
We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin—
our own sins and the broken systems that bind us.
We turn inward, failing to follow
your outward way of love.
We distrust those who are not like us.
We exploit the earth and its resources
and fail to consider generations to come.
Forgive us, gracious God,
for all we have done and left undone.
Even before the words are on our tongues,
you know them;
receive them in your divine mercy.
How vast is God’s grace!
Through the power and promise of Christ Jesus,
our sins are washed away
and we are claimed as God’s own beloved.
Indeed, we are forgiven.
In the wake of God’s forgiveness,
we are called to be the beloved community
living out Christ’s justice
and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.
Gathering Hymn
ELW 798- Will You Come and Follow Me
(vs. 1) "Will you come and follow me
           if I but call your name?
           Will you go where you don't know
           and never be the same?
           Will you let my love be shown,
           will you let my name be known,
           will you let my life be grown
           in you and you in me?

(vs. 2) "Will you leave yourself behind
           if I but call your name?
           Will you care for cruel and kind
           and never be the same?
           Will you risk the hostile stare,
           should your life attract or scare?
           Will you let me answer pray'r
           in you and you in me?
(vs. 4) "Will you love the you you hide
           if I but call your name?
           Will you quell the fear inside
           and never be the same?
           Will you use the faith you've found
           to reshape the world around,
           through my sight and touch and sound
           in you and you in me?"
(vs. 5) Lord, your summons echoes true
          when you but call my name.
          Let me turn and follow you
          and never be the same.
          In your company I'll go
          where your love and footsteps show.
          Thus I'll move and live and grow
          in you and you in me.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5,10              

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Psalm 62

For God alone I | wait in silence;
  truly, my hope | is in God.
 God alone is my rock and | my salvation,
  my stronghold, so that I shall nev- | er be shaken.
 In God is my deliverance | and my honor;
  God is my strong rock | and my refuge.
 Put your trust in God al- | ways, O people,
  pour out your hearts before the one who | is our refuge. R
 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath; those of low estate can- | not be trusted.
  Placed on the scales together they weigh even less | than a breath.
 Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no | empty pride;
  though wealth increase, set not your | heart upon it.
 God has spoken once, twice | have I heard it,
  that power be- | longs to God.
 Steadfast love belongs to | you, O Lord,
  for you repay all according | to their deeds. R

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Gospel Acclamation - Setting 8
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
This is the holy gospel according to Mark the 1st chapter.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of the Day 

ELW 816- Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life

(vs. 1) Come, my way, my truth, my life:
           such a way as gives us breath;
           such a truth as ends all strife;
           such a life as killeth death.

(vs. 2) Come, my light, my feast, my strength:
           such a light as shows a feast;
           such a feast as mends in length;
           such a strength as makes his guest.

(vs. 3) Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
           such a joy as none can move;
           such a love as none can part;
           such a heart as joys in love.

Prayers of Intercession
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, and for musicians and servers, that all proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For skies and seas, for birds and fish, for favorable weather and clean water, and for the well-being of creation, that God raise up advocates and scientists to guide our care for all the earth, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For those who provide leadership in our cities and around the world, for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, for planning commissions and homeless advocates, that God inspire all people in the just use of wealth, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For those who are sick, distressed, or grieving; for the outcast and all who await relief (especially), that in the midst of suffering, God’s peace and mercy surround them, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
For our congregation and community, for families big and small, and for the organizations that meet here during the week, that God’s steadfast love serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.
[Click here to see our Congregational Prayer List]

In thanksgiving for our ancestors in the faith whose lives serve as an example of gospel living, that they point us to salvation through Christ, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hollowed by 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 trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

God the creator strengthen you;
Jesus the beloved fill you;
and the Holy Spirit the comforter keep you in peace.
Sending Hymn
ELW 608- Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
(vs. 1) Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
          calling for you and for me.
          See, on the portals he's waiting and watching,
          watching for you and for me.
Refrain "Come home, (Come home,)
           come home! (come home!)
           You who are weary, come home."
           Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
           calling, "O sinner, come home!"

(vs. 2)Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
         pleading for you and for me?
         Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
         mercies for you and for me? Refrain
Go in peace. Be the light of Christ
Thanks be to God.

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