The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

January 17, 2021 2ndt Sunday after Epiphany

(Order of Worship, Prayers and Hymn Lyrics can be found beneath the video)

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PRELUDE      Will You Come and Follow Me  (“The Summons”)
Tom Trenney Kelvingrove, Scottish melody

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

HYMN    God of Grace and God of Glory

     God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power;
Crown thine ancient church’s story, bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.

     Lo, the hosts of evil ‘round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways.
From the fears that long have bound us, free our hearts to faith & praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

     Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
Let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore,
Serving thee whom we adore.


    God of this and every new day,
may we be centered and renewed for our living,
in our private hearts and in our common heart,
as we remember your presence with us
and your call upon us.
In our times of turmoil, sustain us;
in our times of confusion, guide us;
in our times of fear, calm us;
in our times of choosing, lead us,
as we follow Jesus into your kin-dom.
This we ask in his name and spirit, as we also pray:

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth as it is 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 and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.


SERMON         Reflections on January 6th

MUSICAL INTERLUDE    Leaning on the Everlasting Arms                  Showalter/Robinson


            Joys & Concerns, Pastoral Prayer

HYMN       Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

Lord, you have come to the lakeshore,
Looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones,
You only asked me to follow humbly.
Refrain:  O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me
And while smiling have spoken my name;
Now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me,
By your side I will seek other seas.

You know so well my possessions;
My boat carries no gold and no weapons;
You will find there my nets and labor.

You need my hands, full of caring,
Through my labors to give others rest,
And constant love that keeps on loving.


POSTLUDE       God of Glory, Lord of Love                Mary McDonald


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