Come! Follow!

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a message about the way Jesus’s first follower responded to the call and calls us to do the same. Based on Matthew 4:12-23  

The Service for the Lord’s Day
Kirkin of the Tartan
January 26, 2020    10:30 am
“Come!  Follow!”

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                               “Sing Praise”                                              arr. M Ham

“Lead On, O King”                                        arr. M Hayes

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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

Procession                                                                                                                        Kevin Arnold, Piper

 

Hymn #649                                     “Amazing Grace”

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather as people who hear the call of Jesus;

People:    and we follow that call.

Leader:     We cannot know the Lord from afar;

People:    we must be up close and personal with Him.

       Leader:     Jesus does not intend for us to listen and watch, He commands that we

be active in our pursuit of Him and His way.  We must come and we must

follow.

ALL:        Come, let us worship God!

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we seek ways to do Your work and to spread Your Word, yet we rarely do so outside our comfort zone.  We become troubled with the worries and problems of the world, but not enough to break away from our daily routines to help solve them.  We want to be better witnesses for You, yet we lack the confidence to try.  Help us to develop the desire to truly listen when you call, to take that extra step towards Your voice.  Encourage us to find solutions, to change one attitude or one habit.  Remind us that You call us, You know our strengths.  Help us to answer Your call immediately, without hesitation and without fear…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     The Lord knows our abilities and our weaknesses.  He patiently waits for us

to hear His call, forgives us when we pause and lifts us when we stumble.

ALL:        Thanks be to God!

 

*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Choir                            “Be Thou My Vision”                                    arr. R Mauldin

 

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Anthem                                       “Come, Gracious Spirit”                                         arr. D Wood

Chancel Choir

 

Message           “Come! Follow!”           Dr. Jennifer Blake

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Matthew 4:12-23                                           Pew Bible pg. 785

Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith:  The Scots Confession (Unison)

We confess and acknowledge one God alone, to Whom alone we must cleave, Whom alone we must serve, Whom only we must worship, and in Whom alone we put our trust.  Who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable incomprehensible, omnipotent, invisible; one in substance and yet distinct in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.  By Whom we confess and believe all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, to have been created, to be retained in their being, and to be ruled and guided by inscrutable providence for such end as His eternal wisdom, goodness and justice have appointed, and to the manifestation of His own glory. 

                                                Composed by John Knox and others (1560)

 

Recognition of the Scottish Heritage in the Presbyterian Tradition

 

The Invitation                                   “The Summons” vss 1-4

The first four verses of “The Summons” are the words of the Lord, calling us to follow Him.

*Please join us in singing the fifth verse, which is our response to His invitation.

 

Presentation of the Symbols of Dedication

The Chieftan of the Scottish Society of Nebraska will receive the Tartans and other symbols to be dedicated.  Please be prepared to state your family name upon presentation of your symbol.

 

Our Response*                               “The Summons” vs 5

 

Dedication of Our Lives

 

Offering

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication and Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

O God of saints and apostles, martyrs and reformers, Scots and English,

         and all people everywhere:  we affirm that you are our God, and we are

         Your people.  You made us, redeemed us, called us; we belong to You. 

         We worship You with songs of praise, with minds open to Your Word, and

         with hearts ready to answer Your call and obey Your will, even now as we

         pray the prayer Your Son 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.

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn #738                         “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

 

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Recessional

 

Postlude                                               “Chaconne”                                                 L Couperin

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit

 

As you leave today, find ways this week to answer the Lord’s call immediately, without hesitation.

 

A heartfelt “Thank You” to our guests who participated in today’s worship service.

 

Please join us in Knox Dining Hall following worship for a special reception honoring our Scottish Heritage hosted by Presbyterian Women.