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Sunday January 24, 2021 – St. John’s UCC

Theme:  Follow Me

Sermon:  Knowing When to Abandon Ship

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


Prayer of Confession for January 24, 2021

God of Grace and God of Glory ~ When your Son Jesus called his first disciples, he made it quite clear that following him would not be a walk in the park. Sacrifices would have to be made and a price would need to be paid. This is still true today for those desiring to follow the One worth following. There are no shortcuts, no special exceptions made for some but not others. Forgive us, loving God, for our reluctance to accept the cost of discipleship along with the joy, and for abandoning ship at the first sign of rough water. Grant us courage and resolve beyond our own so that we might have what it takes to keep on keeping on, our focus on you and our commitment unwavering. This we pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


Hymn Lyrics for January 24, 2021

Music reproduced with permission under OneLicense # A-721709


Chime Hymn


Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (Toplady), Hymn 596

1 Rock of ages, cleft for me,

let me hide; my shelter be!

Let the water and the blood,

from your wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure,

cleanse me from its guilt and power.


2 Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill your law’s demands;

Could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

All for sin could not atone;

you must save, and you alone.


3 Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to your cross I cling;

Naked, come to you for dress;

helpless, look to you for grace;

Stained, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die!


4 While I draw this fleeting breath,

when my eyes shall close in death,

When I soar to worlds unknown,

meet you at your judgment throne,

Rock of ages, cleft for me,

let me hide; my shelter be!




Will You Come and Follow Me (Kelvingrove)

Setting, Charles Callahan


Opening Hymn


For the Healing of the Nations (Westminster Abbey), Hymn 576


Stanza 1: Unison


Stanza 2: Harmony


Stanzas 3-4: Unison


1 For the healing of the nations,

God, we pray with one accord;

for a just and equal sharing

of the things that earth affords.

To a life of love in action

help us rise and pledge our word.


2 Lead us forward into freedom,

from despair your world release,

that, redeemed from war and hatred,

all may come and go in peace.

Show us how, through care and goodness,

fear will die and hope increase.


3 All that kills abundant living,

let it from the earth be banned:

pride of status, race or schooling,

dogmas that obscure your plan.

In our common quest for justice

may we hallow life’s brief span.


4 You, Creator God, have written

your great name on humankind;

for our growing in your likeness,

bring the life of Christ to mind;

that by our response and service

earth its destiny may find.




Will You Come and Follow Me     Text: John Bell


Music: Kelvingrove (Traditional Scottish Melody), arr. Michael Burkhardt


Chancel Choir


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.


Sermon Hymn


You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Pescador de Hombres), Hymn 173


Sung in Unison


Stanza 1: All, Refrain: All


Stanza 2: Women, Refrain: All


Stanza 3: Men, Refrain: All


Stanza 4: All, Refrain: All


1 You have come down to the lakeshore

Seeking neither the wise nor the wealthy, But only asking for me to follow.



Jesus, you have looked into my eyes,

Kindly smiling, you’ve called out my name.

On the sand I’ve abandoned my small boat; Now with you, I will seek other seas.


2 You know full well my possessions;

Neither treasure nor weapons for conquest, Just these my fishnets and will for working.



3 You need my hands, my exhaustion,

Working love for the rest of the weary,

A love that’s willing to go on loving.



4 You who have fished other waters;

You, the longing of souls that are yearning; As loving Friend, you have come to call me.





For the Healing of the Nations (Westminster Abbey)


Setting, Paul Manz


Hymn Leadership


Liz Vanderburg, Anne Kinsey, David Furniss, Eric Kinsey