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And put your words into my mouth

Until I thundered To the very nations.
Before I ever realized that you were God,
You knew all about me.

the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this
Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me
this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here
also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at
Capernaum.’”

-We Listen for God’s Word-

And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the
prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in
Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years
and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet
Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in
Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the
prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the
Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with
rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the
brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might
hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and
went on his way.

-We Gather as God’s People-

HYMN

Lord, Speak to Me

UMH 463

CALL TO WORSHIP
from I Corinthians
Love: without it we are like clanging cymbals!
Love!
We can speak like prophets, but we still have to
Love!
We can build great buildings, but we need to
Love!
We can preach and pray, thank God everyday, but we must
Love!
Be patient and kind, with no envy in mind,
Love!
Don't be rude or resentful; don't insist on your own way,
Love!
How can we live without it?
Love!
How can we sing without it?
Love!
Who can serve God without it?
Love!
We just stopped by today so that God could remind us to
Love!
SPIRITUAL

I Know the Lord

FWS 2139

PASSING THE PEACE
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE
TAIZÉ

Ubi Caritas

FWS 2179

OPENING TO GOD
from Jeremiah
Before the light of dawn broke through my darkest night,
You knew me.
Before I wandered off to do my thing,
You knew me.
Before I tripped and fell from grace,
You knew me.
Before you formed me in my mother's womb,
You knew me.
Before my birth You set me apart
And said, "Never be afraid, for I am with you."
You knew me.
Then you touched me

PSALTER

Psalm 71:1-6

UMH 794

EPISTLE LESSON
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you
in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated
you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah,
Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall
go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I
command you, Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver
you, says the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched
my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in
your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over
kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to
overthrow, to build and to plant.”
EPISTLE LESSON
I Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic
powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I
have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my
body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable
or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the
truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as
for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an
end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but
when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I
was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned
like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been
fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and
the greatest of these is love.
GOSPEL LESSON
Luke 4:21-30
Then Jesus began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been
fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at

-We Respond to God’s WordCliffhanger

REFLECTION:
HYMN

The Gift of Love

UMH 408

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING & DOXOLOGY

UMH 94

-We Scatter to Serve the World-

ANNOUNCEMENTS
BENEDICTION
RESPONSE

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

UMH 349

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
January 31 - Cole Hennessey
February 2 - Linda Bishop-Burnett
February 6 - Marilyn Almeida

Essex Eats Out Schedule
Feb 5 - 1st Cong.
Feb 19 - St James

Feb 12 - Holy Family
Feb 26 - EUMC

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