St. Matthew's UMC www.stm-umc.org

January 17, 2021

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

Prelude & Welcome

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O For a Thousand Tounges

O for a thousand tongues to sing / my great Redeemer's praise, / the glories of my God and King, / the triumphs of his grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, / that bids our sorrows cease / / 'tis music in the sinner's ears, / 'tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, / he sets the prisoner free; / his blood can make the foulest clean; / his blood availed for me.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb, / your loosened tongues employ; / ye blind, behold your Savior come, / and leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ, your head, you then shall know, / shall feel your sins forgiven; / anticipate your heaven below, / and own that love is heaven.

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day he arose from the dead he ascended into heaven, And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic** church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.


Connect to the pastors! Andy Stoddard: andy@stm-umc.org, Erin Hicks: erin@stm-umc.org, Brian Johnson: brian@stm-umc.org

Offering of Ourselves & Our Gifts

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Offertory: You are Worthy of My Praise


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Children's Moment

Kate Gibbs

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 139

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. 17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you. 19 O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— 20 those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil! 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. 24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Hymn of Preparation: Wonderful Words of Life

Sing them over again to me, / wonderful words of life; / let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; / words of life and beauty / teach me faith and duty. / Beautiful words, wonderful words, / wonderful words of life. / Beautiful words, wonderful words, / wonderful words of life.

Sweetly echo the gospel call, / wonderful words of life; / offer pardon and peace to all, / wonderful words of life; / Jesus, only Savior, / sanctify forever. / Beautiful words, wonderful words, / wonderful words of life. / Beautiful words, wonderful words, / wonderful words of life.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 9-13

9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

Message: "Our Father" Rev. Brian Johnston

Invitation to Discipleship

Hymn of Commitment: Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! / Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. / Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, / God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, / casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; / cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,/ which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! / All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. / Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, / God in three persons, blessed Trinity.


Thanks again for worshiping with us today at St. Matthew's. If you have any additional questions, contact us at 601-856-9581 or visit our website - www.stm-umc.org. You can also contact Andy at andy@stm-umc.org.


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