Sunday Worship – 01/10/2021

Continue to read the Gospel of Mark and log your readings HERE! In a couple weeks we will include an update video with some of your highlights and reflections!

Mark For Kids

Kids (and parents) – don’t forget to break out the activity and coloring pages for this week in your kids’ packs! If you need, there are downloadable copies below.

Call to Worship – From Psalm 103

Read this invitation aloud. If you are meeting with others, have one person read the plain print, and the other(s) read what is in bold.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.

Song of Worship – “Lord I Need You”

Lord I come and I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without you I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Where sin runs deep your grace is more
Where grace is found is where you are
And where you are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where you are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defence, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Teach my song to rise to you
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on you
Jesus you’re my hope and stay
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on you
Jesus you’re my hope and stay

Lord I need you oh I need you
Every hour I need you
My one defence, my righteousness
Oh God how I need you

Scripture Reading – Mark 2:1-12

Grab a pen and paper. Imaginatively read the following Gospel passage putting yourself in the shoes of one of the members of the crowd gathered around Jesus. Pay close attention to all five of your senses, and jot down any reflections on what you notice as you participate in the story. If you’re with others, share your observations.

When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

What did you see?
– What did you hear?
– What did you feel?
– What did smell?
– What did you taste?

Sermon

Silent Prayer

Pause for a couple minutes to pray silently, remembering to:
give thanks for those who have carried you to Jesus over your life
pray by name for someone who is in need of the forgiveness and healing Jesus
ask for help to overcome any obstacles you are facing in being a person who loves and cares for others

Song of Worship – “How Marvelous”

Jerry – HCCC

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me
A sinner, condemned, unclean

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me

How marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful
Is my Savior’s love for me!

Offering

Living God,
Like the crowds who saw the man on the mat receive forgiveness and healing, we too are amazed at Your goodness and Your grace. We praise You, God – in word, in song, in offerings, in obedience – for all the amazing provision and goodness you bring into our lives, and the lives of those around us.
Amen.

Benediction

May God, who enables us to stand firm for Christ,
And who, by his Spirit, has stamped us with his eternal pledge –
a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete –
May He make of us witnesses in the world to the abundant goodness of God.
Amen.

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