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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell
Organist: Jim Ross 

Prelude - Shall We Gather at the River? - Dale Wood


*Call to Worship
Leader: It is time to focus, not on our wants or complaints but on God:
People: In the silent places of my soul I turn to God, for God alone is our rock and salvation.
Leader: Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news of God, saying the time has come, the realm of God is at hand.
People: The realm of God is not far from us, for in God we live and move and have our being.
Leader: Jesus said: repent and believe the good news.
People: The time has come. In the silent places of my soul I turn to God, for God alone is our rock and salvation.

*Opening Hymn “Jesus Calls Us #398 

*Unison Prayer
You call us, wanderer of seashores and sidewalks, inviting us to sail out of our snug harbors into the uncharted waters of faith to wander off from our predictable paths to follow you into the unpredictable footsteps of the kingdom; to leave the comfort of our homes and accompany you into the uncomfortable neighborhoods we usually avoid. As we wait, in our simple, sometimes crazy, constantly uncertain lives, speak to us, Spirit of Grace: of that hope which is our anchor; of that peace which is our rock; of that grace which is our refuge. Amen.

Profession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed #881
Gloria Patri

Children's Chat

Music Ministry and Offertory - Adagio from Symphony #5 - C.M. Widor

Doxology and Prayer of Gratitude 

Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 & Mark 1:14-20

Sermon: “Good Answer” -Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell


Call to Prayer “Would I Have Answered When You Called" #2137, vv. 1-2

Pastoral Prayer/Lord's Prayer

Prayer Response “ I Have Answered When You Called" #2137, v. 4

Closing Hymn “God of Grace, and God of Glory” #577

Action Steps & Benediction

Postlude - "Little" Fuge in B flat - J.S. Bach

The flowers on the altar today are given to the glory of God in memory of our loved ones by Anne Finney & family.

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