Worship – Essential Light Bringers: Doctors – February 7

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

Pastor Adam’s Welcome

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 147, Matthew 1:29-39)
How can we look at this world and not sing of your praises, O God?
The beauty and majesty of the world is overpowering!

Yet we have a tendency to take all that you do for us for granted.
We insist on war as solutions for problems rather than peaceful striving.
We turn our backs on people in need, the weak and downtrodden go unnoticed in our midst.
We always believe that someone else will care for those in need.

How foolish we are, O God!
How ignorant we have become!
You have given to us all that we need.

Forgive us.
Heal our hearts and spirits.
Make us fully aware of all our blessings and our responsibilities.
Help us be agents of healing and hope to others.

[Silence for Reflection]

Words of Forgiveness
Jesus has come to heal our spirits and our souls.
The demons of arrogance, indifference and apathy are being cast out.
Rejoice! Be Glad!
For God’s love is poured out to you this day.
Amen!

Opening Song – Christ Be Our Light
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

Prayer(inspired by Isaiah 40:28-31, Mark 1:29-39)
Everlasting God,
you give strength to the powerless
and power to the faint;
you raise up the sick
and cast out demons.
Make us agents of healing and wholeness,
that your good news may be made known
to the ends of your creation.
Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

First Reading – 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
The reading can be found here.
Read by Ken Kumon

Essential Light Bringer Dr. Anne Newland

Gospel Reading – Mark 1:29-39 
The reading can be found here.
Read by John Nauman

Essential Light Bringer –Dr. Jack Quigley

Questions for Reflection:
How would you define “healing”?

What are some different ways a person or community can be healed?

How do you take part in “healing” in our world or in individuals’ lives?

What is the most difficult part of “healing”? What is the easiest?

Centering Song – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Performed by Clyde McLennan

Prayers
God, we wait, we watch, we long for you.  Renew our powers, refresh our spirits, restore our well-being; for you give new strength to the faint and power to the powerless.  May your church be found working among those who lack resources or rights.  May we seek to care for those who cannot care for themselves. We pray for the lowly and the humiliated.  We pray for relief organizations, especially….  God, be to them a tower of strength.

We pray for the great powers of the world, the strong nations, and mighty governments.  May their power be used properly that the poor are protected, the weak are not exploited, and no one is oppressed.  We pray too for multinational corporations who often wield more power than many governments, that in their relentless pursuit of profit they may take those steps of compassion and concern which will benefit them as well as those powerless to stop them.

We give thanks for all who have cared for us in times of weakness; for those who have uplifted our spirits and given us new hope.  We pray for our friends and families, especially any who are finding life difficult at the moment.  We pray for any in our community that may feel neglected or rejected.

We pray for all who are in weakness of body, mind or spirit, all who have come to the end of their tether. We think of all who are losing their mobility or agility, those who are losing their memories, and all who have lost their grip on reality; of those who no longer trust in anyone, and those who doubt the love of God; we think of all who are caring for loved ones in illness.

We give thanks that Christ is our healer and our companion on the Way; he will not allow us to be lost.  We pray for loved ones departed who are renewed and refreshed in the love and light of God.  May the Light of the world truly be that lamp set out on the lampstand to them.  Amen.

Sending Song – You are the Light
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

Blessing
Go forth…
…replenished by the grace and mercy of God,
…blessed by the healing love of Jesus,
…energized by the limitless power of the Holy Spirit.  
Amen.

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Prayer of Confession – written by Nancy C. Townley
Blessing -— written by Moira Laidlaw