Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Valley Stream, New York


Order of Worship



Grace United Methodist Church – Valley Stream

Human Relations Day/Second Sunday after Epiphany/

Sunday before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


January 17th, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.


Greeting/Centering Words


Opening Voluntary – “Jesus Is All the World to Me” by W. Thompson


Opening Prayer

Creating God, how deeply you know us.  In the mystery of your love, you see who we are and who we might become.  Our bodies are your creation; they are wonderfully made.  Our minds reflect your handiwork.  Our spirits are a gift from you.  You call us by name and invite us to follow.  Lead us now into the depths of your love.  Amen. 

(AWA, 2021)


Hymn #139 – “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                              LOBE DEN HERREN


Prayer of Confession

O God, you call to us.  We hear you, but aren’t sure who is calling.  We hear you, but are distracted by many things.  We hear you, but are afraid to answer.  Open our hearts to your voice.  Help us set aside our doubts, our fears, and our distractions, that we may answer you faithfully.  Amen.   (AWA, 2021)


Words of Assurance

God searches us, knows us, loves us, and forgives us.  God’s love shelters us and keeps us safe.  (AWA, 2021)


Old Testament Reading – 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (Samuel’s Calling)

1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli.  The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.  4 Then the Lord called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" 5 and ran to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me."  But he said, "I did not call; lie down again."  So he went and lay down.  6 The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me."  But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."  7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.  8 The Lord called Samuel again, a third time.  And he got up and went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me."  Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.  9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.' "  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, "Samuel! Samuel!"  And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."


L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Gospel Reading – John 1:43-51 (Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael)

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.  He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."  44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth."  46 Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"  Philip said to him, "Come and see."  47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!"  48 Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?"  Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you."  49 Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!"  50 Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see greater things than these."  51 And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."


L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Hymn before Message #399 - “Take My Life, and Let It Be”                            MESSIAH


Message                                                                                                       Pastor Nation


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as 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.  Amen.



Passing of the Peace of Christ

Each one of us is wonderfully made, the creation of God’s love.  As you greet one another, marvel at God’s wondrous works!  (AWA, 2021)


Invitation to Tithes and Offering

With hearts wide open and ears ready to hear, we bring our very lives to this time of offering.  May we bring more than just gifts in a plate, but hearts and minds ready to hear God’s call and respond where God’s voice leads us.  (AWA, 2021)


Choral Selection – “Be Still” by H. Frombach and M. McDonald


Prayer of Dedication


Closing Hymn #2208 - “Guide My Feet” (The Faith We Sing Hymn Book)


Dismissal with Blessing



Closing Voluntary – “Onward Christian Soldiers” by E. L. Ashford