"Improvisation", Edward MacDowell, arr. David Paxton
Special: "Meditation in C", John S. Dixon
Preparing of our Hearts
Call to Worship
L: Let’s go up the mountain. To the place of voices and conversations,
to the place of listening. P: To the place of meeting, to the place of mists,
L: Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky
where the earth touches the heavens, P: to the place of meeting, to the place of mists,
All: Let’s go up the mountain to worship Christ the King
Crown With Your Richest Crowns
NCH # 301 (v 1,3,5)
2 Kings 2:1-12
Special Music/Jonas Dawson
"Meditation in C", John S. Dixon
Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor
Reception of New Members
L: Let us, the members of Grace United Church of Christ, express our welcome and affirm our mutual ministry in Christ. P: We welcome you with joy in the common life of the Church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the Church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to grow together in God's knowledge and love, and be witnesses of our risen Savior.
Missions Moment: Sanmar Family and Community Services
The Lord’s Prayer (in unison) 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.
We are Sent
-Dag Hammarskjold (adapted)
Thou who art over us,
Thou who art one of us,
Thou who art:
Give us pure hearts, that we may see thee;
hearts of love, that we may serve thee;
And hearts of faith, that we may abide in thee. Amen.
O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
NCH # 184
(Tune When I survey the Wondrous Cross # 224)
1 O wondrous sight, O vision fair
of glory that the church shall share,
Which Christ upon the mountain shows,
where brighter than the sun, Christ glows!
2 From age to age the tale declare,
how with the three disciples there,
Where Moses and Elijah meet,
they with the Christ God's future greet.
3 The law and prophets there have place,
two chosen witnesses of grace;
the Father's voice from out the cloud
proclaims his only Son aloud.
4 With shining face and bright array
Christ deigns to manifest today
what glory shall be theirs above
who joy in God with perfect love.
5 And faithful hearts are raised on high
by this great vision's mystery,
For which in joyful strains we raise
the voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.
Season of Lent and Easter 2021
Worship and Study Schedule
virtual Ash Wednesday Worship Wed Feb 17 ~ 7 PM
Since we can't be together for Ash Wednesday, we will be worshiping at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 17th via Youtube as usual.
RECEIVE ASHES IN PERSON
Wednesday, February 17th
Noon—1PM in front of Grace UCC
(Pastor Rob will come out to you.)
If you would like to receive ashes personally, pastor Rob will be available in front of the church from noon-1 PM for anyone who can stop by. I will prepare a short prayer and impose ashes for anyone who wants. I can also send a small amount of ash home with you for people who may not be able to come in person.
(You only need a tiny bit.)
No need to RSVP. I'll be ready from noon-1 if for anyone who comes by.
Lenten Book Study: Entering the Passion of Jesus
by Amy Jill Levine
Thursdays throughout the Lenten Season
(2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25)
Co-led by John Brehmer and Pastor Rob
Starting Thursday, February 18th via Zoom : Join us!!
(Look for the zoom link in upcoming Friday Emails or
2/12/2021 -- MESSAGE FROM Missy Moxley
New Book title: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult.Read through chapter 4 for Wednesday, 2/17 via Zoom at 7p.
Book Title: the book of two ways
Author: Jodi Picoult
Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?
Join us if you’d like to socialize, stretch your mind,
or just leave the daily grind of life behind for a bit.
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.
Living Psalm 139–Epiphany 2 B
It’s something, isn’t it,
to imagine being known
that the pain you hold
is understood without you
having to say a single word,
without you having to testify
about your decision from last year
or ten years ago or yesterday,
when you said the thing that led
to the other thing that brought you
so low you thought you’d never be known
for more than the pain that crystallized
around your hopes and your heart?
It’s something, isn’t it,
to believe in One
who isn’t afraid of your broken parts
or ugly deeds or the cowardice
or the fear or the anger or the
hundred other ways you have tried
to make yourself disappear
when you felt unworthy
of a great and abiding love
and had persuaded yourself
that forgiveness was beyond reach
and grace, an undeserved gift?
It’s something, isn’t it,
to be loved by God,
to be both fearfully
and wonderfully made
just as you are –
not happier, not a work in progress,
or with fewer secrets or scars –
but just you, as you are,
welcome at the table?
Living Psalm 139 for Epiphany 2 B was written by Maria Mankin.
Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. Editor, Maren Tirabassi.
Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.
The following are members and friends of our church family who are currently ill, hospitalized, or home-bound.
Please keep them in your prayers and perhaps send a note or a card.
If you know of anyone who should be added to this list,
please contact the church office at email@example.com
Betty Linton Sunrise Senior Living 990 Waterford Dr., Unit 206, Frederick, MD 21702
FCAA Food Bank “Grace Groceries”
Please drop your food bank items in the 3rd street entrance vestibule.
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS
NEEDED. For EXAMPLE:
PEANUT BUTTER ~ PASTA ~ RICE ~
CEREAL ~ CANNED FISH & MEATS ~
CANNED SAUCES ~ And other non-perishables
Community News and Assistance
Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and assisted living options that are available in their area. You can read more about our work here:
At the risk of being indelicate, I’m going to talk money. Last year we did significant work at closing the budget gap. PLEASE remember your giving to the church during this time! While we are not legally or safely allowed to be together during this time, the bills are still needing to be paid. And the crashing markets of recent are going to hit our endowments very hard as well. I’m just being honest. PLEASE try to be a faithful to your tithe as you can be. There will be a letter mailed to every home with a stamped envelope to help make your tithe easier! You can also use the GIVING tab on our church website at www.grucc.com and give via VANCO Giving Plus or PayPal. ~ Pastor Rob+
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