January 17, 2021
Greeting from Pastor Nick, live at 9:30 AM:
With the words of this Psalm, God calls you to worship him.
Psalm 97:1-2, 10-12
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light shines on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.
Pray this prayer:
God of light and truth,
you are beyond our understanding.
The angels veil their faces
before the brightness of your presence.
We worship you and sing your praise
Because you showed us your truth, your love,
Your glory, your righteousness
in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Praise God with the words of this song:
Pray this prayer of confession:
Psalm 51:1-4, 10-12
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Read this story and think about how God accepts us not because of who we are, but because of the love of Jesus:
Then people brought little children to Jesus
for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.
But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Give thanks to God with this song, and then listen as God teaches you from 1 Peter 2:4-10:
Preparation for Communion:
The elders have planned to serve communion next week as you drive through the church parking lot between 11:00 and noon on Sunday, January 24. Prepare by praying this prayer:
You gave me the gospel of Jesus Christ,
and you provided me a communion with him in the Lord's Supper.
I ask you for grace to enable me to prepare my heart to receive holy communion.
As I trust in Jesus Christ and confess my sins,
Grant me assurance that you accept me.
Help me to come the sacrament in the joy of your forgiving love.
I pray this in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray saying:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one
For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.
Share Prayer Requests
Pray for families that are grieving the loss of someone they love:
- Barb D's family
- Carol E's family
- Trudy L and her family as they mourn the death of George L
Pray for those who are sick and struggling:
- Trudy L, who is fighting covid
- Pete H's mother, who has been placed on hospice
- Joyce S (Adrianna R's mother), who is hospitalized with covid
- Diana B, who is struggling with recovery from surgery
Pray for our nation and world:
- For peace and unity in politics
- For rain
- For an end to the pandemic
Consider joining Pastor Nick this week (and each week hereafter) for a Sunday afternoon prayer meeting at 2:00 PM on the church lawn.
You can contribute to the ministry of the church and this month's special offering
- online: Give Now
- or by mailing a check to PO Box 9339, Fresno, CA, 93791.
Praise God with this song: