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Worship Service Sunday, January 31, 2021

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany




Order of Worship




Good morning and welcome to the OCC! Today we are enjoying the theme of quiet time!


Mark 1:21-28 “When Silence is Healing” a transliteration summary
When Jesus came to the city on sea, he began teaching all the people.  A person came who was making loud noises and disturbing everyone.  Jesus said, “Be silent.  Come to a time out time.”  All were amazed.  Everyone’s spirits were at ease and at rest.

SERMON “Nap Time!”

Hey Everyone! PK here.
Today we are talking about silent time.
Have you ever been invited by a teacher or a parent to take a “time out time?”
I know I have.
Sometimes we are not happy with it at first, but, it works to soothe the soul.
In daycare and school our teachers may call for the whole group to be still.
We call that “Nap Time, Quiet Time, Rest Time.”
We find a nice space and maybe a pillow and close our eyes and rest.
We may think of the paintings and craft projects we just did.
We may think of words that begin with the letter “J” like “Jump” and “Joy.”
And we may dream of what our play time will be like after nap time.
One day when Jesus was teaching a class, a student began to make lots of noises.
No one could focus on the lesson because of the distraction.
Jesus looked with kindness on the student who was acting badly.
Jesus loved that student like all the students and went to work trying to help.
Jesus said, “Be silent.”
That’s a lot like saying, “Take a time out.”
Sit quietly.  Go to a separate place apart.  Be still.  Be at rest.  Don’t say anything for a while.
What happens is that we are in a safe place to just be at rest from what upsets us.
When we quiet down and get some rest, then we are ready to return to the group.
When Jesus did this the first time, everybody was amazed!
It was wonderful to see the student calm and happy again and able to return to play time.
So, when the lights come back on, the teacher says, “Okay, time for play time.”
That’s when we rejoin our classmates and friends for the next part of our day.
Sometimes we have really good days.
Having a nap time, a quiet time and a rest time is a really important part of a great day.
I’m going to have to get going now because…
Soon it will be time for my nap time!
Happy ZZZ’s.


Let us pray.
Dear God, we are thankful for nap time, quiet time, and times to be at rest.
Help us to sit still and just be with our happy thoughts.
We are so thankful for friends, classmates, and our teachers and helpers.
Sometimes we have to be apart because of the virus out there.
Sometimes we get to be together and we wear masks and keep washing our hands.
If we get upset help us to take a time out time and let quietness return to us.
When we are feeling better again, we are so glad to rejoin the group for activity time.
We pray for all children and all people everywhere that are upset and acting badly.
May you soothe them and help them to be silent for little while.
Grant us the just right balance of play time and quiet time.
When we nap, let our bodies grow stronger.
When we our quiet, let our minds be still.
When we rest, make us ready to be active again!
Dear God, bless the whole world in our waking and in our sleeping,
Bless us in our working and in our learning,
Bless us in our playing and in our resting! Amen.
And we can pray the Lord’s prayer together saying:

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, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Now when it’s quiet time may you have a great nap, a great rest, and be refreshed! Amen.

POSTLUDE  “Lo, How a Rose/ The Rose”    arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) & Amanda McBrown (1977)
Gabrielle Dietrich, soprano