Sunday Worship Guide - Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Worship Guide

February 20, 2022

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World






Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!


Special Music: Meagan


Centering Words:


Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who persecute you. Do this and you will truly be a follower of Christ.


*Call to Worship:


Leader:    God sets before us this day life and death, blessings and curses.

People:   We will seek God’s blessings.

Leader:    Choose life, that you and your descendants may live.

People:    We will choose life.

Leader:    Love the Lord your God, and hold fast to God’s holy ways.

People:    We will follow in the ways of our ancestors who abided in faith.

Leader:    Come, let us worship as we pray.


ALL: Loving God, we come before you today, seeking your blessings and your protection from the allure of sin. Heal us with your love, that we might love one another. Show us the truth we have found in Jesus. Embolden our courage, that we may seize the opportunities you place before us. Strengthen our resolve to spread your word and ways, and remind us that your guidance is always present through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.


Hymn: We Gather Together”


We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

he chastens and hastens

his will to make known.

The wicked oppressing

now cease from distressing.

Sing praises to his name;

he forgets not his own.


Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

ordaining, maintaining

his kingdom divine;

so from the beginning

the fight we were winning;

thou, Lord, were at our side,

all glory be thine!


We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,

and pray that thou still our defender will be.

Let thy congregation escape tribulation;

thy name be ever praised!

O Lord, make us free!




Words of Assurance


God forgives our iniquity, and crowns us with steadfast love and mercy.

God removes our transgressions from us, as far as the east is from the west.

Thanks be to God. Amen


*Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27-38


27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.


32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”


Leader:    This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:    Thanks be to God!




Time with Young Friends:  “Jesus Loves Me”


Children’s Message: “Do Unto Others...”


Hymn: “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”


Blest be the tie that binds

our hearts in Christian love;

the fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.


Before our Father’s throne

we pour our ardent prayers;

our fears, our hopes, our aims are one

our comforts and our cares.


We share each other’s woes,

our mutual burdens bear;

and often for each other flows

the sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,

it gives us inward pain;

but we shall still be joined in heart,

and hope to meet again.


Sermon: “Raised in Glory” 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50


35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life   unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.


42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is   imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving   spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.


50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.




 Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer




Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:


Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.


Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!


In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen


 The Great Thanksgiving  


The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere

to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of

heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and

breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Holy are you, and blessed is your Son

Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him

to preach good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come

when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry,

and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering,

death, and resurrection,

you gave birth to your church,

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant

by water and the Spirit.


When the Lord Jesus ascended,

he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.


On the night in which he gave himself up for us,

he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

"Take, eat; this my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

"Drink from this all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me."


And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith


Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.


Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

now and forever.   Amen


And now with the confidence of children of God, let us stand and sing the Lord’s Prayer:


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

hallowed be thy name.

On earth as it is in heaven.

hallowed be thy name.

Give us this day our daily bread.

hallowed be thy name.

Forgive us our trespasses

hallowed be thy name.

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

hallowed be thy name.

And lead us not into temptation

hallowed be thy name.

But deliver us from all that is evil.

hallowed be thy name.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

hallowed be thy name.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, it shall be so

hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, it shall be so

hallowed be thy name.


As we share in the bread of life,

is it not a sharing in the body of Christ.

And as we share in the cup of Salvation,

Is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ.


Moment of Prayer and Meditation


Prayer of Thanks


Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 





Hymn: “There’s Within My Heart a Melody”


There’s within my heart a melody

Jesus whispers sweet and low:

Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,

in all of life’s ebb and flow.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.


All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,

discord filled my heart with pain;

Jesus swept across the broken strings,

stirred the slumbering chords again.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.


Though sometimes he leads through waters deep,

trials fall across the way,

though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,

see his footprints all the way.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.


Feasting on the riches of his grace,

resting neath his sheltering wing,

always looking on his smiling face,

that is why I shout and sing.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.



Soon he’s coming back to welcome me

far beyond the starry sky;

I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown;

I shall reign with him on high.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

sweetest name I know,

fills my every longing,

keeps me singing as I go.