"What's the Big Deal?"Service February 7, 2021
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February 7, 2021 Bulletin – 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Between now and April 11, Pastor Drew will be doing a sermon series on the Gospel of John. We will examine some of the major themes and stories found in John, such as being "born again," the bread of heaven, light and darkness, washing his disciples' feet, and so forth. Today's message is based on the conversation between the Pharisee Nicodemus and Jesus in which Jesus speaks of a 'birth' which is different than one's physical birth. The theme for today is spiritual birth.

 

Prelude           “Holy Spirit, Fill Me Now”
                        by Lani Smith

 

Welcome and Call to Worship

 

Hymn               "This Is a Day of New Beginnings"      #383

1. This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on,

time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone.

 

2. For by the life and death of Jesus, God's mighty Spirit, now as then,

an make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.

3. Then let us, with the Spirit's daring, step from the past and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.

4.  Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

5.  In faith we'll gather round the table to taste and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving

We praise you, God of us all. We thank you for calling us to be your people, and for enabling us to give you glory. We thank you for the new gift which is today. Today, cleanse our hearts and our lives with your holy Word, and make our prayer pleasing to you. Guide us by your Spirit as we follow in the paths of Jesus our brother. All glory and praise are yours, Eternal God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Special Music            “God So Loved the World”     

Pearl Swanson, Cathy Grattan, Tom Norager, Steve Grattan

By John Stainer  

Scripture Reading        John 3:1-18

1 There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

4 Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”

5 Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. 6 Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8 God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?”

10 “Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things? 11 I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Human One. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.

Sermon           “What's the Big Deal?”

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion         “Come to the Table of the Lord”  

Pearl Swanson, Cathy Grattan, Tom Norager, Steve Grattan

By Jay Althouse                              

 

Hymn              "By Grace We Have Been Saved"       W&S #3110

 

1. By grace we have been saved through faith and not by keeping law.

God’s saints believed by what they heard and not by what they saw,

And not by what they saw.

 

2. For all have sinned and fallen short.  God’s plan not one obeyed.

Christ has for all fulfilled the law. Believe, confess, be saved;

Believe, confess, be saved.

 

3.  God gave to earth a perfect love though Jesus on the cross.

While we were foes, Christ died for us. We gained by God’s own loss,

We gained by God’s own loss.

 

4.  We know the wage of sin is death; thank God we shall revive. 

For just as Jesus rose again, we too are made alive,

We too are made alive.

 

5.  Set free, we now have peace with God.  Salvation is secured.

How beautiful the feet of those who share the gospel word,

Who share the gospel word.

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                “Spirit of God”
by Steve Garnaas - Holmes

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