Estes Park United Methodist Church
February 7, 2021
Order of Worship
Prelude – Come, Share the Lord
Call to Worship – Isaiah 40
Leader: Have you not known? Our God is the everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the earth.
People: Have you not heard? God does not faint or grow weary.
Leader: Have you not known? God’s understanding is unsearchable.
People: Have you not heard? God gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
Leader: Have you not known? Those who wait for God will renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles.
People: We come to hear. We come to know.
All: Thanks be to God.
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Everlasting God, you give strength to the powerless and power to the faint; you raise up the sick and cast out demons. Make us agents of healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation. Amen.
Opening Hymn – Take Time to be Holy
Prayer of Confession
Leader: Let us confess our sins before God and one another.
People: Our memories are short, Eternal God, and we need your nudges to remember your blessings. We get caught up in the worries and wrinkles of living and lose sight of your abiding presence. The urgent and the necessary crowd out playful thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude. We are polite, but distant. We have manners but lack feeling behind the words. Forgive us, faithful God, for outward obedience and inner resistance. Let your light brighten our way, your peace ease our anxious moments, your love heal our troubled minds, your joy kindle our memory and hope. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God! Amen!
Prayer of Blessing
Scripture Lesson – Mark 1:29-39
Sermon – Because That’s What Jesus Does!
Prayer after Receiving
Closing Hymn – He Touched Me
Postlude – The Longer I Serve Him
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund