*Please stand, as able PRELUDE “Behold the Great Redeemer Die” R. Darley TIME WITH THE CHILDREN THE GREETING ANTHEM CALL TO WORSHIP People of faith come and worship! We rejoice in this opportunity to worship together. People of faith, come and praise! We rejoice in this opportunity to sing with heart and voice. People of faith, come and pray! We rejoice in this opportunity to open ourselves to God’s leading. People of faith, come and listen! We rejoice in this opportunity to hear the scriptures and to respond with faithful service. SERMON MOMENT OF GATHERING *HYMN #73 (vs. 1&2) “O Worship the King” PRAYER OF CONFESSION You challenge us to use our faithful authority, O God: authority not reliant on the fixed pattern of the years, but on the gentle, flexible, affirming approach. You inspire us to use our faithful authority, O God: authority born of wise insight, careful study, and skillful practice. You are with us as we use our faithful authority, O God: authority rooted in Hebrew and Christian scripture, the prayerbased way of Jesus. You support us as we use our faithful authority, O God: authority which runs counter to the powerful and fear-making forces, authority that will not leave the oppressed to suffer. Time of reflection… WORDS OF ASSURANCE You know, O God, those times when we impose our opinions and our ways on others and you call us to change. We will put our rigid and selfish ways behind us; we will listen to the needs and dreams of those around us; we will search out Christ’s compassionate and just way, for our faith community. As you let go your self-serving attitudes and practices, you will experience peace and fulfillment. We will! Thanks be to God. Amen. PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & PASTOR’S PRAYER LORD’S PRAYER #895 SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 1:21-28 This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. “You Are the Bread” Ruth E. Schram Church Council – Tomorrow, Feb. 2, 7:30pm “Apathy, Sympathy, Empathy, and Altruism” Rev. Dr. Stopka *HYMN #562 (vs.1-3) “Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee” THE OFFERING MUSIC “Prelude in D Major” J.K.F. Fischer *DOXOLOGY *OFFERTORY PRAYER These gifts enable your faith community to sharpen its senses, God. We will be enabled to see those who struggle; we will be ready to minister to those who have suffered loss; we will hear those who cry out because they are depressed; we will be inspired to help those who don’t have enough food or who live in squalor; we will gather the downtrodden together to work for the common good. You bless us and you bless our gifts, as our awareness grows. We are a grace-filled people. Amen. Amen. COMMUNION (Hymnal #13) On Sunday, February 15, Christine Lindeberg will be preaching. The Date for the Bible Study has changed to Tuesday at 7pm. “WHEN CHRISTIANS GET IT WRONG” This study ends on Feb. 10, 2015. If you missed a study, you can catch up by friending Pastor Christine on her Facebook page or contact her in person. JESSE LEE AS A PRAYING CHURCH Part Deux We have begun the “Praying Church” program again. As you come to worship each person is encouraged to take a prayer out of a prayer basket and leave a prayer as they enter the sanctuary. May we continue to be the praying church that seeks to do God’s ministry. Welcome to Jesse Lee Church: Find hope, joy, peace and the love of God here. Please join us after worship for fellowship in Bennett Hall. PRAYERS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY · 225 years of ministry at Jesse Lee. As we enter the Lenten Season may we be brought closer to God. · All those who were impacted by the Storm Juno and cold weather. · All the homeless who will not have shelter in this cold weather. · All those who are denied their human rights. · Ministry of Boy Scouts COMMUNION STEWARD: Pat Davis MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! *HYMN #632 (vs. 1&2) “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” *BENEDICTION POSTLUDE “Thine Is the Glory” R. Thomas March 3 – Brunch for GED class at Mercy Learning Center FLOWERS on the altar today are given to the glory of God by Jesse Lee United Methodist Church. March 8 – Church world Service Blanket Sunday Now through March 29 – See Special Outreach insert May 12 – Dinner for Veterans at Homes for the Brave If you would like to dedicate the flowers on a special Sunday, please complete an envelope, posted in the narthex and Bennett Hall, and leave in the offering plate or the office. A copy will go to our florist, who will contact you. Please note the date on the calendar posted in the hallway to avoid confusion. May 31 – Health Kit Sales THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES Today: 10:00am 11:15am 11:30am Monday 7:30pm Tuesday 9:15am 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm Friday 9:15am Next Sunday: 10:00am Worship Service/Sunday School Special Charge Conference ‘Souper’ Bowl Lunch Church Council Essentrics Exercise – come join them Bible Study(Choir Room) Choir Essentrics Exercise Worship Service/Sunday School Attendance: January 25 - 52 CIRCUIT WRITER: Keep in touch with the church. NOTE: Items for the newsletter should be sent to Stephanie Christie ([email protected]) OR the church office ([email protected]) by the 15th of the month if you would like it published the next month. WEB SITE; our web address is www.jesselee.org. AVAILABLE INFORMATION includes the CHURCH CALENDAR, special events, and other information. INFORMATION FOR BULLETIN: Items for the weekly bulletin should be sent to Pastor Christine & Lois by TUESDAY noon: [email protected]; [email protected] AND [email protected] PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS: Due to the cold weather and no heating available in the pastor’s office, Pastor Christine will not have an office hour in the church. If you need to contact her, please set up an appointment by contacting her at [email protected] or (475)329-0180. Church Office open: Tuesday – Friday 8:30am to 12:30am. At other times a voice mail message may be left at 203-372-8250 or email ([email protected]) URGENT MESSAGES FOR PASTOR CHRISTINE MAY BE LEFT at [email protected] or (475)329-0180. Jesse Lee United Methodist Church 25 Flat Rock Road - Easton, CT 06612 (203) 372-8250 - Web: www.jesselee.org Email: [email protected] Rev. Dr. Christine (Kim) Stopka – Pastor Joseph F. Swindon - Minister of Music Janna Marazita - Church School Superintendent Lois Halzack - Administrative Assistant Jesse Lee Church is the direct descendent of the oldest continuously operating Methodist Society of New England. Our church traces its origin to 1789 when Jesse Lee, A Methodist Circuit Rider (traveling preacher), was appointed to spread the Word of God to New England. The congregation has met in this warm colonial sanctuary since 1813. The United Methodist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination of 10 million members in the USA and around the world. It is affiliated with Methodist Churches in 87 countries in the world. We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the historic Christian faith. Our Vision Jesse Lee United Methodist Church seeks to be a compassionate congregation whose members, through word and deed, live the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesse Lee United Methodist Church At Worship 4th Sunday after Epiphany February 1, 2015 10:00 A.M.
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