St Paul’s United Methodist Church
Socorro, New Mexico
Worship Guide – January 24, 2021
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Prepare your hearts for worship
Song of Praise
Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore UMH #344
Welcome and Opening Prayer
As we worship together at home, let us give thanks for our community and greet each other online if possible, or with a phone call, text message or handwritten note later.
—written by Thom Shuman
Keeper of every moment in eternity:
we come, not only to hear
those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope.
We have come, not out of habit,
but to respond to your call,
willing to be called away
from the familiar ways of our lives.
Walker of our journeys,
in the midst of our harried lives,
you call us to lay aside all that entangles us,
to follow you into service to others.
You invite us to step into
the waters of life and hope,
reaching out to draw others
to our side so, that together,
we might enter your kingdom
of laughter and joy.
When uncertainty fills every block
in our daily planners,
you come, Grace’s Companion,
to offer that hope which anchors
us in God’s heart;
to place our feet firmly
on that rock called peace;
to bring us safely to that haven
filled with God’s steadfast love.
God in Community, Holy in One,
Rock of every age,
we offer the prayer Jesus has taught us,
The Lord’s Prayer
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. Amen.
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Prayers and Petitions
For those who are sick.
For those with chronic illnesses and underlying health concerns.
For all those who are suffering. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who are lonely.
For those who have no one to check on them.
For families that are separated. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who are unemployed.
For those suffering financial hardships.
For those who face an uncertain future. We pray to the Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who are suffering from physical or emotional abuse.
For those who are disproportionately suffering because of societal structures and unjust policies.
For those who are struggling with physical or mental disabilities.
For those who are overwhelmed by anxiety and stress. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who are dying.
For those who have died while saving the lives of others.
For all who have lost their lives. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For those who have survived.
For those who have lost their spouses.
For children who have been orphaned.
For all those who mourn and those who comfort them. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For public officials, first responders,
For business leaders.
For peace in our city and in our world.
For renewed friendships among neighbors.
For solidarity and unity among all peoples.
For a greater appreciation and love of all humanity. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For patience and perseverance.
For calm in the midst of fear.
For the grace to overcome adversity. We pray to the Lord…Lord, hear our prayer.
For generosity of spirit.
For hope in times of despair.
For light in the darkness. We pray to the Lord, hear our prayer.
Gracious and Loving God,
You are our comforter and our hope.
Hear our prayers as we come before you.
Strengthen us in this time of need.
Inspire us to acts of solidarity and generosity
and give us hope of a brighter future.
God so Loved the World, John Stainer
Kristal Kent, cello
Gospel Reading (Susie Welch)
“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”
Go into God’s world, aware of God’s call in your life. Follow our Lord Jesus Christ who will lead you in paths of service and hope. Lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to give you courage and strength. May peace, joy and love flow through you to others, in God’s name. AMEN.
Meet Our Pastor
- Mid-week Pastor’s Newsletter (MailChimp)
- Pastor’s Office Hours Thursdays 10am-3pm
- Thursday Morning Bible Study meets at 10am via Zoom. Contact email@example.com to be added to the group
- Women;s Bible Study also meets on Thursdays at 6pm (Zoom) email Darla Bejhnar (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to this group.
- Sunday’s Online Worship for Jan 10th (via YouTube) available by 10am Sunday morning along with a Worship Guide posted here and via MailChimp
Help us help our community by giving online
We have activated our online giving system and we hope that you will use the button below to access the Online Giving page. Because we are obligated to provide a record of your donations you will need to register for this online service and set the parameters for your account. We are hoping that you will take advantage of this service especially while we are practicing “social distancing”. You can choose from credit and debit cards, ACH direct withdrawal and text messaging. All of these services require a small fee. Please help us get as much of your donation to St Paul’s as possible by using the ACH method if you can (it has the lowest fees) and/or agreeing to pay the extra fee involved. This will mean so very much to our mission programs. If you need help please contact us at: Online Giving Help