Worship – Essential Light Bringers: Teachers – January 17

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

Call to Worship
Jesus comes along side us and calls us by name:
“[your name], follow me.”

A simple call. A hard call.
Because following requires leaving.

And we look around to see who else Jesus could be talking to.
And we look around to see the trappings of the life we know.

It’s hard to leave our nets and walk away from the lake.
But we have come this far,
to this place,
where we can listen and be transformed.

Gathering Song – Will You Come and Follow MeELW#798
Performed by St. Mary’s Music Ministry

Opening Prayer
Insistent God,
by night and day you summon your slumbering people,
So stir us with your voice
and enlighten our lives with your grace
that we give ourselves fully
to Christ’s call to mission and ministry.


First Reading – 1 Samuel 3:1-10
The reading can be found here.
Read by Laura Wade

Essential Light Bringer – Corrie Gonzales

Gospel Reading – John 1:43-51
The reading can be found here.
Read by Jennifer Hoffmann

Essential Light Bringer – Taryn Wallace

Questions for Reflection:
Who was/is a great teacher in your life?

What important lessons do you want to pass along to those around you?

How would you define “calling”?

What is your calling?

Centering Song – Word of God Speak
Performed by MercyMe

Prayer – Called by God
O God, giver of all good gifts,
you have given me life.
You have bestowed upon me your love
and that love includes your plans for me.

What am I to do?
All life is a call and a response.
I pray for grace to hear God’s voice
and a heart to respond.
I am ready to listen.

Help me to listen to the rhythm of each day, day by day,
so that I am not overwhelmed with thoughts of the future.
Yet guide me into that future so that I know who and whose I am.

And even though I want easy answers,
I know that what you want is a relationship.
So when I answer you,
may my response be to my potential
and to your love of all creatures on your good earth.
Let me serve with the gifts you give me.

O God, I know that vocation is truly a gift of your love.
What am I to do?
I am ready to listen.   

Sending Song – Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult
Performed by Advocate Virtual Choir

Blessing: For Work
May the light of your soul bless your work
with the love and warmth of heart.

May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.

May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal
to those who work with you
and to those who see and receive your work.

May your work never exhaust you.

May it release wellsprings of refreshment,
inspiration and excitement.

May you never become lost in the bland absences.

May the day never burden.

May dawn find you awake and alert,
approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.

May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.

May you go into the night blessed,
sheltered and protected.

May your soul calm, console and renew you.

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.  

Call to Worship ~ written by Joanna Harader
Opening Prayer ~ inspired by 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Blessing for Work ~ written by John O’Donohue