Home Worship for

January 17, 2021

Human Relations Sunday

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you. 

Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch!

Prelude: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Beautiful rendition of the beloved hymn by Shanice Richards student with Impact Wesley at FAMU.


Call to Worship and Opening Prayer

Call to Worship

Leader: We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives.

People: We need not look up to find God, We need only look around: within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another. We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat. We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives.

Opening Prayer

We turn to you often, O God, as we seek through prayer to find the meaning of life. Sometimes it’s a fervent prayer in the midst of serious mediation, but more often it’s a fleeting prayer on the run. We pray for patience when there are too many things to be done. We pray that you will awaken us to hear the cries of the poor, the homeless, the broken-hearted. Help us to redirect more of our resources to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Mold us, O God, and open our hearts and minds to be willing vessels of your spirit. Amen.

Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is

UMH Hymn #138

CCLI Song # 3730070. Gerald Peterson | Henry Williams Baker © Words: Public Domain. Music: Irish Melody: harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906. St. Columba Public Domain. CCLI License # 625707.


Prayers of the People

Take a few moments. Think and remember the blessings of this past week. Think of the joys, the concerns. Think of those things concerning you and your family, your neighbors and friends. Think of the needs and concerns for our community, church and state/country. Perhaps write these things down in your journal. Then center yourself in an attitude of prayer, peace and calm. Speak with the Lord about these things. Remember our courageous health care workers, first responders and caregivers. Remember those dealing with sickness or distress. Remember those who are lost, hungry or anxious; depressed, in mourning or bereft. 

When you are ready... finish your time of prayer by watching the video "Covenant Prayer" then moving to the Pastoral Prayer...

A Covenant Prayer

A covenant prayer recommitting ourselves to the struggle for justice using the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Message: "Expand the Circle"

Rev. Emily Denmark McGee

Be Love Series

The second sermon in this series based on Rev. Tom Berlin's book Reckless Love. 

Scripture Lesson: Luke 5:29-32 New International Version 

29Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

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Offering Prayer: Holy God we remember Dr. King's insight that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an unescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly” Therefore, we pray that we may see nothing in isolation, but may know ourselves bound to one another and to all people under heaven...

We give you thanks and praise for the many blessings of life, the abundance of privileges and freedoms we inherit, and the resources to make a difference in this world. We ask that you would use our resources to bring justice into our communities and joy into our hearts. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing

The famous hymn written by James Weldon Johnson and arranged by Roland Carter

presented by the Bethune-Cookman University Chorale



Go from this place to reap the harvest of God’s love. Go from this place to continue to sow seeds of justice, peace, and love. Go from this place to nourish and to be nourished, knowing that God is ever a part of our lives. Amen

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 17, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)

Psalm: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Gospel: John 1:43-51


Mission Focus: Palm Beach County Food Project

Mark 12:31 "You will love your neighbor as yourself."

Please support the Palm Beach County Food Project by signing up as either a donor or a neighborhood coordinator on our website.


Click the link here to donate to the project.


A Community

of Love and Forgiveness

A Community of Love and Forgiveness: A 31-Day Journey from MLK Day to Ash Wednesday

On Monday, January 18, we invite the people of the Florida Annual Conference to a journey of living more deeply into this baptismal vow:

“Do you confess Jesus Christ as your savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?”

Each of the underlined words comprise the weekly themes of this 31-day journey and constitute a person’s overall journey toward full discipleship and spiritual maturity. A diverse set of lay and clergy authors from around the Conference will reflect on these themes and the daily scriptures. Taken together, these daily devotionals move us toward a deeper commitment to Jesus, and an exciting vision of a church whose future is open to all people.

Follow along with us! Click here to download the 31-day devotional.

You can also watch a daily video version on each devotion in the playlist on the Community of Love and Forgiveness webpage: flumc.org/love-forgiveness