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Sunday’s Service

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Sunday, January 16, 2022,

10:30 AM.

Facebook Live 

Because of the awful weather predicted for Sunday morning we will only be on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gscccp

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

 

Gathering

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVOCATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE LESSON: Psalm 36:5-10 (The MSG)

God’s love is meteoric,
God’s loyalty astronomic,
God’s purpose titanic,
God’s verdicts oceanic.
Yet in God’s largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a person, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

 How exquisite your love, O God!
How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You’re a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light.

 Keep on loving your friends;
do your work in welcoming hearts.

SECOND SCRIPTURE LESSON: John 2:1-11 (The MSG)

Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”

Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”

She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

“Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Prayer, Praise and Offering:

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “Everyone Gets in on It” – Vicar Alyce 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (MSG)

 Sermon Verse:  8 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits.

 Sermon Passage: What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.

God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

wise counsel

clear understanding

simple trust

healing the sick

miraculous acts

proclamation

distinguishing between spirits

tongues

interpretation of tongues.

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. God decides who gets what, and when.

Holy Communion

 

Benediction

OWN YOUR FAITH, DON’T RENT IT

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  1. Church office is open.In-person appointments have resumed. Call the church. Dana will set up an in-person meetings or you have the option of Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
  2. Worship in Candler Park will continue to be live streamed via Facebook messenger each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. 
  3. Bible Study meeting Monday, January 17, 2022 and we will continue studying the Letter to the Galatians chapter 2.
  4. Pastor Paul’s office time Monday-Wednesday 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM The Pastor will be off on Thursday’s.  Friday’s will be a study day and Saturdays the Pastor will be available as needed or by appointment. For now, Dana’s office time or church time is Tuesday through Thursday 10 AM till 3 PM. She is available via e-mail or text on Monday’s and Friday’s.
  5. We thank you for going to the church website to take care of your tithe, gifts, donations and offering.  Just go to gentlespirit.org and click on the donate button and follow the instructions.  Or if you are more comfortable with the US mail then send your tithe, gifts, donations and offerings via a check or money order to GSCC 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030
  6. Gentle Spirit Christian Church is in search of a musician for Sunday morning services in the park.  If you are interested or know someone who is please contact the Church office at 404-604-8124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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