Sunday Worship, Feb 14. Time to Heal 4. Online & In-Person
This is our last Sunday with the series “Time to Heal”
We read biblical stories and claim God’s power to heal – for the healing of our nation (01/24),
for the healing of our whole being, not necessarily the cure of our body (01/31),
for the healing of our obsessive and never-stop-running mind (02/01),
and today for healing from our past and from the hurting relationships with other.
Our sanctuary is open for your participation in corporate worship in a safe environment.
Face masks are required, social distancing is practiced,
and UV lights in the duct with the improved air ventilation is running to disinfect air in the gathering space.
If you plan to attend in person, please make sure you answer our questions found at our website
Both 8 and 10AM services will be livestreamed https://www.facebook.com/LodiUMC
and will be available on FM 103.5 channel in the church parking lot, perhaps all the city of Lodi.
Please observe Sunday as the day of worship wherever you are.
Order of Worship
February 14, 2021
OPENING LITANY OF PRAISE
When we pass through the waters, God is there with us.
When we suffer and feel hopeless, God is there with us.
When we are joyful and celebratory, God is there with us.
Whether we feel triumphant or defeated, God is there with us, always.
Come, let us worship together with Emmanuel, God with us!
HYMN OF ADORATION O God, As We Pause (to the tune of ST.DENIO, UM Hymnal #103)
1 O God, as we pause from our usual ways,
as millions stay home, as we count passing days,
may we learn what matters — what really has worth.
May we seek your reign as we live here on earth.
2 May we find your blessings in small, common things;
may we learn the joy that community brings.
In loving our neighbors, in stopping to pray,
may we know your presence in each passing day.
3 O God, you give welcome; you care and provide.
You cherish each person with love reaching wide.
Your will is for justice where everyone thrives;
May we build a nation that’s loving and fair.
4 So, turn us around, Lord, to make your world new;
In change and in sorrow, we pray for healing.
May we seek, in all things, to first follow you.
O God, in our pausing, restore us again!
Inspired by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s writing for new hymns. www.carolynshymns.com/
TIME OF PRAYER
Sharing Joys and Concerns Please share your prayer requests and joys. Type them in the comment section.
Prayer Through Song Sweet, Sweet Spirit (United Methodist Hymnal # 334)
There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord,
there are sweet expressions on each face, and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.
Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, stay right here with us,
filling us with your love; and for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place.
TIME OF DEDICATION Thank you for sharing your gifts with God’s world through your church.
Gracious and loving God, you have blessed us with all that are good to us. With our grateful hearts and cheerful hands, we offer these gifts of money and the service of our lives. May our offering continue to empower the church to help those wrestling with problems which threaten to overwhelm them, those crying out for healing, for relevance, for shelter; those hungering for what you alone can provide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob got up during the night, took his two wives, his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed the Jabbok River’s shallow water. He took them and everything that belonged to him, and he helped them cross the river. But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.”
But Jacob said, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.” He said to Jacob, “What’s your name?” and he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name won’t be Jacob any longer, but Israel, because you struggled with God and with men and won.”
Jacob also asked and said, “Tell me your name.” But he said, “Why do you ask for my name?” and he blessed Jacob there. Jacob named the place Peniel, “because I’ve seen God face-to-face, and my life has been saved.” The sun rose as Jacob passed Penuel, limping because of his thigh.
REFLECTION Time to Heal (4): Our Wrestling and God’s Willing.
SONG OF COMMITMENT Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (United Methodist Hymnal # 500)
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart; Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art, And make me love Thee as I ought to love.
Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh; Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh; Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love, One holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heav’n descended Dove, My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
God dispels fear, frees from bondage, and heals. May your life shine with the love of God in Jesus through the Spirit.
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The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17th).
Self-guided Prayer Stations: Wind, Earth, Water, Ash, Oil, Clay, and Light
will be available from 9AM-6PM.
It will take you to a journey with meditation, action, and prayer on the impermanence of life.
Begin a holy Lent by taking time to be honest with yourself about what you need to draw closer to God.
Pastor Peace will be available to pray with you and administer the imposition of ashes, if you prefer.
Have your Ash Wednesday experience with Self-guided Prayer Stations
– on your own time and at your own pace.