Worship – January 3 – The Hope of a New Year

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.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Hope,
We confess that we forget to trust in you.
We know that we should trust you,
but often we fall into habits of hoping in our own strength.
We admit that when the going gets tough, we rely too much on ourselves.
We forget to hope in you, LORD.
In our struggles, LORD,
we confess that sometimes we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We forget that you have promised us a light at the end of the tunnel,
even if we cannot see it right now.
We confess, o God of Hope, that we have lost our hope.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
As God said through the prophet Jeremiah,
“I will let them walk by brooks of water,
  in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
 for I have become a father to Israel”|

No matter how dry the trail we walk on is, no matter how crooked our path, nor how often we stumble, nor how many times we forget to have hope. The Lord our God has become a father to us. God has promised us water, a strait path, and new life. Our all-mighty God will fulfill these promises. In this we can have hope.
Amen!

Gathering Song – My Hope Is In You
Performed by SOTH Worship Team


CALL TO WORSHIP
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God
He was in the beginning with God

In the beginning of this year is the Word
and the Word is with God,
and the Word is God,
He is in this new year with God and with us

Throughout this year will be the Word
and the word will be with God,
and the Word will be God,
He will be in this year with God and with us

SCRIPTURE READINGS

First Reading – Jeremiah 31:7-14
The reading can be found here.
Read by Peggy Lairmore

Second Reading – Ephesians 1:3-14
The reading can be found here.
Read by Kathy Ryan

The Message – Where Does Hope Come From?
By Chaplain Candidate Wyatt Linde

REFLECTION QUESTIONS
What is something you have put your hope in that ended up letting you down?



What does it look like for you to hope in God?



The Bible is filled with passages about hope. Where are other places in the Bible that talk about hope?



Centering Song – Lord of All Hopefulness – ELW 765
Lyrics can be found here.
Performed by Domino Cantes Choir, Brussels


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
God who fulfills your promises,
We have faith that you will fulfill your promises.
In this new year we remain hopeful that you will let us walk by brooks of water.
LORD, we know that this may not happen today, nor tomorrow, nor even this year.
And yet, we remain hopeful.
Because our faith is a hopeful faith.
Our faith is a faith that will not give up on you,
because you have not given up on us.
Our faith is a faith that looks to the promise of tomorrow.
Our faith is a faith that that hopes for a better future,
for ourselves, for our church, for our community, for our country, for our world.
Lord, we affirm that we will not give up this hope you have given us.
Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER
Lord, we hope in this new year while we pray the prayer you taught us to pray
Our father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory forever and ever.
Amen.


Sending Song – My Hope is Built on Nothing Less – ELW 596
Performed by Sovereign Grace Music


BENEDICTIONThe Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6:24–26)

The Lord bless you
           and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
           and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
           and give you peace.


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.