Worship – January 10 – Who Are We?

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.

Call to Worship
The heavens open. The Spirit descends.
Jesus emerges from the water.

And a voice echoes through the blue expanse.
“This is my child, the Beloved, with whom I am well-pleased.”

Jesus is named. Claimed.
We come to the water. We remember we are named. Claimed.

Can it be so? What a thing to be named. Claimed.
Let us worship the one who names and claims us still.

Gathering Song – Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness – ELW 843
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

Gathering Prayer
God of light,
In all the darkness that surrounds us,
In the unrest and violence,
In the disease and death,
You call us by name.  You claim us.
We are your children.  We are you light.

Remind us daily of who we are and what we bring.
Strengthen our faith and give us courage to shine!


First Reading – Acts 19:1-7
The reading can be found here.
Read by Bev Gibbs-Cassady

Psalm Reading – Psalm 29
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
    worship the Lord in holy splendor.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
    and strips the forest bare;
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Gospel Reading – Mark 1:4-11
The reading can be found here.
Read by Mike Scott

Pastor Adam’s MessageJust One More Gift!

Questions for Reflection:
Name four identities that you claim (father/mother, son/daughter, etc.)…

Name your top two identities… name your top one…

How have the activities in the nation impacted you in this past week?

What does your identity as a ‘child of light’ inspire you to do in the face of the darkness in the world?

Centering Song – Baptized and Set Free – ELW 453
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by Mary Ruth Mouat Munson

Affirmation of Faith
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating,    
   who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who claims us and works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
    to be a part of God’s light,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

Sending Song – Blessed Be Your Name
Performed by tree sixtythree

Epiphany Blessing
“He is my chosen one, and I am pleased with him.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
He will reveal justice to the nations.”  Isaiah 42:1

May the path
that Christ walks
to bring justice
upon the earth,
to bring light
to those who sit
in darkness,
to bring out those
who live in bondage,
to bring new things
to all creation:

may this path
run through our life.
May we be
the road Christ takes.

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.  

Epiphany Blessing by Jan Richardson