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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path (Please light a candle to begin your worship.)

Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship                                                                 Liturgist, Lea Ann Skogsberg

Leader:        Good people of the church, lift up your eyes and see.

People:        Our God greets us where we are.

Leader:        Good people of the world, open your ears and hear.

People:        We hear the glory of God’s gracious love.

Leader:        Good people of the light, open your hearts and know God’s delight.

People:        We open our eyes, ears, and hearts to share joyous worship.


Prayer of Praise and Adoration  (Unison)                                     

        Eternal God, Creator of the universe.
        We call on you, you who greet us here.
        We give you thanks for making it possible to gather,
        and to explore your eternal presence.
        Make us, creatures of this time and space,
        ready collaborators with your endless grace.  Amen.

Opening Hymn:                         This Is a Day of New Beginnings                        BEGINNINGS                                         

1 This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that's gone.

3 Then let us, with the Spirit's daring,
step from the past and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.

2 For by the life and death of Jesus,
God's mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference,
as faith and hope are born again.

4 In faith we gather round the table
to taste and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.

Time for the Young and Young at Heart

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Chorus                               Spirit of the Living God                                  LIVING GOD

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Melt me , mold me, fill me, use me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Offering         Offerings may be made at or mailed to the church office.


Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self  (Unison)

God of all that is, all we have, all we are – we give.
We give these gifts as we reach across the thresholds of our concerns.
We give these gifts, knowing that they will give so much more.
Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn                                        Heal Me, Hands of Jesus                                 SOUTHWELL

Heal me, hands of Jesus,
and search out all my pain;
restore my hope, remove my fear,
and bring me peace again.

Know me, mind of Jesus,
and show me all my sin;
dispel the memories of guilt
and bring me peace within.

Scripture                                 Mark 1:29-39 (NRSV)                                         

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


Message                                      Restored to Yourself                      Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

Musical Interlude                                                                                Tina Andersen 

Communion Celebration


This table is open to all who wish to know the presence of the Christ, symbolized in this humble act of sharing. Come not because you must, but because you may. It is spread for you and me, that we might know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invites us to be God’s people in Christ. No matter what your race, your creed, your gender, or your orientation, all are welcome here –This is the table of grace. Come to this table, just as you are. The cup is never empty, and the plate is always full.

Pastor: The sustaining elements of bread and wine, reveal God’s unfailing provision for us in body and in spirit. Today, as we share God’s feast, let us remember that Jesus gracious power is at work today, in the Word, in the bread, in the wine, and in our community.

People: This is the joyful feast for the people of God. Men and women, youth and children, come from the east and the west, the north and the south and gather around Christ’s table. Partake and be made whole.                

Prayer of Consecration (Unison)

Loving God, we take these common elements, made from grain and grapes, and set them aside for this holy purpose, consecrated by You, and confirmed by the faith in our hearts. Amen.


Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

God, we thank You for inviting us to this table, where we have known the presence of the living Christ and have received all Christ’s gifts. Strengthen our faith and increase our love for one another. Go with us to the streets, to our homes, and to our places of work and play, so we may carry Your amazing grace, and the light of Christ’s love into the world. It is in Christ’s name we pray, Amen

Closing Hymn                         All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly                          HOLY MANNA

1 All who hunger gather gladly;
holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wand’ring.
Here in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness,
all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good

3 All who hunger, sing together,
Jesus Christ is living bread.
Come from loneliness and longing.
Here in peace, we have been led.
Blest are those who from this table
live their days in gratitude.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

2 All who hunger, never strangers;
seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming.
Here in joy, we keep the feast.
We that once were lost and scattered
in communion’s love have stood.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.


Carrying the Light into the World: Alleluia & Blessing

Postlude                                                                                        Tina Andersen

Mission Statement:

To live as Jesus lived:  Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception

Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.

Vision Statement:

God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.

Yorkville Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560-1015

        Phone:  630/553-7308                        E-mail:

        Website:                Facebook:

        Ministers: The Congregation                                 Pastor:  Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

        Director of Christian Education: Barb Thurlby                Administrative Assistant: Liz Cronshaw

        Building Manger: Mary Ellen Anderson                        Custodian: Laurie Strong

        Choir Director: Doug Trumble                                 Children’s Choir Director: Sondra Shatters

        Organist: Tina Andersen                                Pianist:  Lori Runkle        



1)        Monday @ 7 pm the Worship Committee meeting is on Zoom.

2)        Tuesday @ 10 am Pastoral Care Meeting at the church.

3)        Wednesday @ 6 pm is the “Choose Joy” Bible Study in FH and at 7 pm Spiritual         Formation group meets on Zoom.

4)        Thursday evening is the Finance and SLT meetings at 6 pm and 7 pm.

“That was fun!”  “I learned a lot.”  It is good to be with my church friends again.”  These are a few of the responses from people who participated in the Heritage Celebration sessions. During the sessions people remembered Sunday school teachers and picnics, community changes, the church moving to the current location, and food, food, food.  Remembrances of kind and generous people poured forth; some from long ago and some recent.  Pastors were recalled as well as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.  People lifted the mission projects of the church from starting senior housing, food pantries and PADS.  The good times were celebrated, and the challenging times remembered.  Everyone shared and each memory is vital to the mosaic that is YCUCC.


What has emerged is a faithful and welcoming congregation dedicated to living the ministry of Jesus by embracing people and having a positive impact on the community.  Through the decades the congregation held to its Christian values and embraced opportunities to bring God’s embrace to everyone.


The Heritage Celebrations have proven such a success that we are offering more opportunities for you to participate.


        You need only attend one 90-minute session.

        If you’ve been in the church one year or your whole life your perspective is vital.

        You will have fun!


Please contact the church office to sign up! All sessions are available via video and telephone.


Upcoming Heritage Celebrations


Tuesday        Feb. 9                7 p.m.    

Wednesday        Feb. 10        7 p.m.    

        Sunday         Feb. 14        1 p.m.