Live Stream 1/24/2021
Here are your worship resources for this coming Sunday.
Streams will have its Annual Meeting this Sunday at 1pm. It will be an online Zoom meeting broadcast from our sanctuary. You can use the link that I am providing to join us using a laptop, tablet, or phone. (Most desktop computers do not have cameras or microphones which you need in order to participate.) Zoom is an application that anyone can download for free. Here is the link:
Pr. Tom Dunham is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Streams Annual Meeting
Time: Jan 24, 2021 01:00 PM Arizona
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Meeting ID: 961 9619 8419
The Church Council decided at their regular meeting on Zoom this past Tuesday that the congregation needs to continue the suspension of in-person gatherings through the month of February because the situation with Covid-19 is still too dangerous and vaccinations are seriously delayed. The council will decide each month at their regular meeting if it is safe to schedule in-person gatherings for the next month.
Last Tuesday there was a nation-wide ringing of bells at 5:30pm Eastern Time at churches and courthouses to honor the victims of Covid-19. Streams participated with the ringing of “Amazing Grace” on our carillon.
God bless and keep you safe,
GATHERING SONGS JESUS LOVES ME!
1 Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so;
little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.
Refrain Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me,
yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.
2 Jesus loves me! he who died heaven’s gates to open wide;
he will wash away my sin, let his little child come in. Refrain
3 Jesus loves me! he will stay close beside me all the way;
when at last I come to die, he will take me home on high. Refrain
Text: Anna B. Warner, 1820-1915, alt.
COME, NOW IS THE TIME TO WORSHIP
Verse Come, now is the time to worship;
Come, now is the time to give your heart;
Come, just as you are to worship;
Come, just as you are before your God. Come
One day every tongue will confess You are God;
One day every knee will bow;
Still the greatest treasure remains;
For those who gladly choose You now
Repeat verse and chorus
Come, now is the time, Come, now is the time, Come.
THE CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let us come together and celebrate God’s love and grace in our hearts.
People: The strength of the Lord is our hope and our salvation.
Leader: The powers and the wealth of the world will all pass away,
People: But the glory and the love of the Lord will endure forever.
Leader: Then let us lift our voices in praise and song for God’s glory!
People: Blessed be the name of the Lord!
WELCOME TO WORSHIP
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Leader: Gracious God,
People: so often we have let the world set the standards we have chosen to follow and we have ignored all You came to teach us. Too often we have forgotten You hold our eternity in Your loving hands and we have set our focus on ourselves. We have not heard Your Word calling us to reach out and follow Your example of caring for others. Forgive us, Lord. In Christ we pray. Amen.
(Silence for reflection and personal confession)
Leader:Whenever a people humble themselves, turn from their evil ways, and put their hope and trust in divine mercy, God sees and forgives their sin, and enfolds them in the strength and love of Christ our Lord. Sisters and Brothers, your sins are forgiven; be at peace.
People: Thanks be to God
SONG OF PRAISE LORD, I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH ELW #857
1. Lord, I lift Your name on high
Lord, I love to sing Your praises.
I’m so glad You’re in my life,
I’m so glad You came to save us.
You came from heaven to earth, to show the way,
From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay,
From the cross to the grave,
From the grave to the sky,
Lord, I lift Your name on high.
2. Lord, we come before Your throne,
Bowed in humble adoration.
We’re so glad to be Your own,
So we sing in exaltation:
TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The book of Jonah is a comedy starring a reluctant prophet who is given a one-sentence message: Nineveh will be destroyed in forty days. Much to Jonah’s dismay, the people of Nineveh repent. The point of the story is to get the reader to wrestle with the question “On whom should God have mercy?”
1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
5For God alone I wait in silence;
truly, my hope is in God.
6God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
7In God is my deliverance and my honor;
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
8Put your trust in God always, O people,
pour out your hearts before the one who is our refuge.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Paul does not disapprove of marriage or other human social institutions. He does, however, want Christians to live in the present in fervent anticipation of God’s future, which even now has dawned through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
29Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION THY WORD
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
And a light unto my path; you’re the light unto my path
Before Jesus calls his first disciples, he proclaims a message that becomes known as “the gospel” or good news from God. God is ready to rule our lives. Those who realize this will respond with repentance and faith.
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
ADULT MESSAGE 3 EPIPHANY—1.24.21—MARK 1:14-20
There are some coffee houses in Shanghai, China, called Mo Mi Cafes. In some ways the Mo Mi Cafes are like any other cafes. You can buy specialty coffee or tea at the Mo Mi Cafe. You can hang out and read books. Or you can purchase a postcard and send it to your future self.
That’s right, I said your future self. Each cafe has a post office box for traditional mail delivery. But the cafes also have post office boxes for mail that is intended to be delivered to you over the next 5-10 years.
So, if you want to send a message to your future self, you can just purchase a post card, write out a message, and put it in the appropriate post office box. Assuming the cafe is still in business 5-10 years from now, they will fish out your postcard and put it in the mail for you.
If I were to hand you a post card right now, what message would you send to your future self that would make a difference? Perhaps your message would be; “Cherish this moment.” You may look back and remember a random moment with longing or gratitude or regret. But in the future, you will look back at certain moments and remember that this was the moment that changed your life or defined your identity.
Actor Denzel Washington shares a story from motivational speaker Les Brown about the power of taking action when an opportunity arises. Brown says to picture yourself on your deathbed. You are surrounded by the ghosts of wasted potential. Gifts and talents and opportunities that you never acted on. And those ghosts surrounding your bed are angry. They are disappointed because their presence has been wasted on you. All that potential—wasted! And they glare down at you and say, “We came to you because you could have brought us to life. And now we go to the grave together.”
And Denzel Washington asked those graduates, “How many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes?”
And that question brings us to our Bible passage for today: As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
If that’s not an opportunity, I don’t know what is. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” If the disciples ever had an opportunity to write a postcard to their future self, I think they would have written: Cherish this moment. Cherish this moment when the Messiah, the Savior of the world, offered you the greatest opportunity on earth: “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” And I want you to pay very special attention to this opportunity because Jesus is offering you the same opportunity today.
Cherish the moment when you were chosen to become ambassadors of hope.That is what fishing for men and women is all about. Listen to Jesus’ words in verse 15: “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
We are representatives of the kingdom of God. No matter what world events or political realities or economic pressures we face, we are called to be ambassadors of hope. And not just to share the good news of the kingdom of God, but to put the values and priorities of the kingdom of God into action here and now.
For the past three years, the country of Finland has ranked #1 in the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. And guess what they did? Finland’s leaders took advantage of this prestigious title by creating an ambassador program of sorts to share the secrets to happiness with the rest of the world. That’s what you do when you’re on to something good.
The ambassador program, called Rent A Finn, encourages people to visit Finland under the guidance of a local Finnish tour guide. Included in the tour is training on the culture and food and health practices that contribute the most to the happiness of Finnish citizens. In 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rent A Finn program moved online, with live-streamed classes on the art of happiness from Finnish experts.
So, Finns may be recognized as the happiest people on earth, but Jesus-followers are, hands down, the most hopeful people on earth. We are the recipients of abundant life—in this world and the world to come. And Jesus wanted to make sure that as many people shared in that hope as possible. That is why he called those disciples to follow him. That is why he called them to be fishers of men. Spread the hope. Spread the joy.! We cannot keep the good news of God’s love to ourselves.
It’s like a Japanese billionaire who on January 1st of last year announced that he would give away more than $9 million to 1,000 people on Twitter to see if the monetary gift improved their happiness. The only catch was that the recipients of the money had to retweet his announcement by midnight on January 7.
The billionaire wanted to measure the impact of the money—which would translate to about $9,000 per person—on the recipients’ level of happiness. He asked recipients to spend the money on anything they want, but to answer a few questionnaires about the way they used the money and the effect it had on their lives.
We don’t know the results of his happiness experiment yet, but we do know that as of June 2020, the billionaire’s message was the most retweeted message of all time, reaching 4.68 million people. When you have a message like that, you have to share it!
Free money may or may not increase our level of happiness. Many of us would be willing to serve as guinea pigs in that experiment, wouldn’t we? But the message of eternal life through the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ positively increases our level of happiness and hope so much that we would be selfish if we kept it to ourselves.
That is why the message of Jesus has been shared billions of times over on social media, and in books, movies, magazines, sermons, personal encounters. The methods and opportunities for sharing Jesus’ message are endless. No matter what job we do, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we are called to be ambassadors of hope.
The second thing I think we might want to take away from this Gospel lesson is this: cherish the moment when your life changed from being goal-oriented to being purpose-driven.Most of us have a to-do list, don’t we? Or, if you are truly success oriented, you might have a list of goals. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Get a promotion. Finish that degree. And then lots of to-do lists that help you reach those big goals. But goals are external measures of achievement. They center on our success or comfort.
Purpose, however, is an internal motivating force that comes from our values, our principles, our unique skills and passions. Why does it matter whether you are goal-oriented versus purpose-driven?
Achieving your goals may lead to success, but living with purpose leads to fulfillment and inner peace. Living with purpose means focusing your energies on matters that are more meaningful and significant than your own happiness or comfort. Living with purpose means looking for ways you can make the world a better place.
Before you can live with purpose, you have to recognize that you were made to contribute something special to this world. You have a responsibility to live for something beyond yourself. You can be part of healing the world and bringing the kingdom of God on earth.
Remember Les Brown’s story about the angry ghosts of your wasted potential standing around your bed someday? Living with purpose is the best way to ensure there will be no angry ghosts hanging around at the end of your life. You will not bypass meaningful opportunities or waste your God-given gifts because your work will be motivated by God’s love.
Don Butcher’s wife, Helen, died on Thanksgiving Day 1992. Don, a farmer, had asked neighbors to store his wheat harvest that year so he could care for his ailing wife. After her death, Don was reading a passage from the book of Isaiah 58: “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday,”
This passage just burned itself into Don’s heart. He determined right then and there that he would use his stored-up wheat to feed hungry people in the former Soviet Union as a memorial to his wife. He even got other farmers to contribute some of their food stores to the project.
With the help of a federal food distribution program, Don sent tons of wheat and dried beans to charities throughout the former Soviet Union, Belarus and Moldova. With each sack of wheat or beans, he included the address of an American family who had contributed food. As he said, “I want this grain to go to a family, from a family. I want to say it’s not bread alone but sharing God’s love that can make a world of difference.”
God’s love created this world. God’s love saved this world. God’s love is recreating this world. And yes, sharing God’s love can make a world of difference. That is what Jesus came to show us. That is what he called the disciples to do. That is what he calls us to do. If you say yes, you will be able to look back at this day and say, “I cherish this moment when I became an ambassador of hope, when my life changed from being goal-oriented to being purpose-driven, and when I took the opportunity to share the good news of the kingdom of God.” And I guarantee that you will cherish this moment with joy. AMEN.
SERMON SONG PASS IT ON
1) It only takes a spark
To get a fire going,
And soon all those around
Can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
Once you’ve experienced it,
You spread His love to ev’ryone,
You want to pass it on.
2) What a wondrous time is spring,
When all the trees are budding.
The birds begin to sing;
The flowers start their blooming.
That’s how it is with God’s love.
Once you’ve experienced it,
You want to sing it’s fresh like spring,
You want to pass it on.
3) I wish for you my friend
This happiness that I’ve found.
You can depend on Him
It matters not where you’re bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain top.
I want my world to know,
The Lord of love has come to me
I want to pass it on.
AFFIRMING OUR FAITH Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
P: Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
P: For the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, and for musicians and servers, that all proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love, Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: For those who provide leadership in our cities and around the world, for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, for planning commissions and homeless advocates, that God inspire all people in the just use of wealth, Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: For those who are sick, distressed, or grieving; for the outcast and all who await relief (especially), that in the midst of suffering, God’s peace and mercy surround them, Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
P: Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
WE WORSHIP GOD THROUGH OUR GIVING
PRAYER OF BLESSING
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P: O God, receive these gifts as you receive us: like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide. Nourish us anew in your tender care, and empower us in faithful service to tend to others with this same love, through Jesus Christ, our saving grace.
Holy Communion will be blessed at this point in the service and then distributed in the parking lot in a drive-through method in your cars from 11:30 to 12:30. You may take additional elements to take to others.
BENEDICTION SONG AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY
As you go on your way may Christ go with you.
May he go before you to show you the way;
May he go behind you to encourage you;
Beside you to befriend you;
Above you to watch over;
Within you to give you peace.
In the name of the Father, Son and Spirit. Amen.
STREAMS THEME SONG
See the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply your sons and daughters,
and all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river
ever will their thirst assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.
Leader: Greet your worshiping neighbor.
And be Devoted to Generosity1
People: Thanks be to God!!!
The Book of Common Prayer reminds us that if one is unable to actually consume the consecrated bread and wine due to extreme sickness or disability, the desire is enough for God to grant all the benefits of communion (BCP, p. 457). When being present at a celebration of the Eucharist is absolutely impossible, this act of prayer and meditation can provide the means by which you can associate yourself with the Eucharistic Action and open yourself to God’s grace and blessing.
Blessed be God, + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, to mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle: Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.
The Psalm: Psalm 23:5-6
You prepare a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The Gospel: John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me, you can do nothing.
If time and circumstances permit, confess your faith with the words of the Apostles’ Creed.
In your own words, pray for your own needs, for those on your heart, for the peace of the world, and for the Church.
After offering these intercessions, continue with the
Act of Contrition
O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and for all the wrongs I have done and the good I have not done. Especially I confess….Forgive me for Jesus’ sake, and grant me strength and wisdom to amend my life. Amen.
Act of Reception
In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day, (and remembering particularly my own parish and those worshiping there) I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.
And particularly for the blessings given me…. I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.
Come Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ my Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, + the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen.
Spiritual Communion is excerpted from Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book.
Permission is given to reproduce this text for use in local worshiping communities.
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