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led by Dana



CALL TO WORSHIP                                   based on Psalm 24
Leader: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
People: the world, and those who live in it;

L: for He has founded it on the seas,
    P: and established it on the rivers.

L: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   P:  And who shall stand in His holy place?

L:Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   P: who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.

L: They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   P: and vindication from the God of their salvation.

L: Such is the company of those who seek him,
   P:  who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

chorus 1
Lord, I need You, O, I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
O God, how I need You

verse 2
Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

chorus 2
Lord, I need You, O, I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
O God, how I need You

CCLI Song # 5925687 CCLI License # 349090
Christy Nockels | Daniel Carson | Jesse Reeves

Kristian Stanfill | Matt Maher © 2011 sixsteps Music

1 Kings 13:1-6

1 While Jeroboam was standing by the altar to offer incense, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel and proclaimed against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: ‘A son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who offer incense on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” 

He gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the Lord has spoken: ‘The altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” When the king heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him!” But the hand that he stretched out against him withered so that he could not draw it back to himself. 

The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

 The king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord; and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as it was before. 

Mark 3:1-6

1 Again [Jesus] entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched Him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; He was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against Him, how to destroy him.

Leader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Glory be to the Father, 
And to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.

Lost Boys & Old Prophets
Pastor Phil


verse 1
We, Your children, pray, Lord
Humbly seek Your face
We turn from our sin, Lord
You hear us as we pray

verse 2
Healing King of nations
Let Your kingdom come
Purify Your church
Lord Your glory over us

Heal us, forgive us
Restore our hearts again
Fill us, breathe upon us

Jesus, Jesus
Healer of nations
Hope of salvation
Jesus, Jesus
King of our hearts
King of the broken

verse 3
Lover of the wounded
Defender of the weak
Friend of the forgotten
You wipe our tears away

Heal us, forgive us
Restore our hearts again
Fill us, breathe upon us

Jesus, Jesus
Healer of nations
Hope of salvation
Jesus, Jesus
King of our hearts
King of the broken

chorus 2
Jesus, Jesus
Healer of nations
Hope of the world
Jesus, Jesus
King of our hearts
Hope of the world
Jesus, Jesus
King of our hearts
King of the broken

Jesus, Jesus
Healer of nations
Hope of salvation
Jesus, Jesus
King of our hearts
King of the broken

CCLI Song # 5272897 CCLI License # 349090
Andy Park | Chris Tomlin | Darlene Zschech | Graham Kendrick | Israel Houghton | Martin Smith | Matt Redman | Michael W. Smith | Paul Baloche | Steven Curtis Chapman | Stuart Garrard | Tim Hughes © 2008 GloWorks Limited for CompassionArt

Folks We Are Praying For:
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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Church family who work in and around hospitals & nursing homes:
Alex A, Kyra A, Hannah A, Sam A, Linda C, Carl G, Katie G, Eric H, Rachel H, Chona I, Abby H, Dana J, Bryan J, Kari J, Neal J, Eric S, Don T.

(If we missed any people’s names above please let us know.)

We continue to pray for: The Hodgkinson family, Kathy Salzano, Ron Arden, Nikolas Arden, Katie Collier, Art and Rosa Hamilton, Shirley Nicholas, Paul Mounts, Joyce Andrews, Steve Hoden, Mary Spriggs, Alice Nilsson (Nancy Popovich’s sister), the Brandel-Tanis family, the Morales/Randall family.

Ministries & Mission
Becci Swearingen, serving in Kenya; Barb & Steve Swanson, serving in Sweden.

giving opportunities:
Zelle® to:

led by Cynthia

Praise God from whom all blessings flow 
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 




I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
How He left his home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into the way.

I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.

Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s paths I often tread,
But the Savior still is with me,
By His hand I’m safely led.

From the Covenant Hymnal, page 219

L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
P: Thanks be to God

Grave’ in G by J.S. Bach
led by Cynthia

We’ll be back here next Sunday.
We hope you can join us.
Information on

music as we go, by axiombrass

Faith Forum update

Next Sunday in Faith Forum the guest speaker will be Jay Phelan, former professor of theology at North Park Theological Seminary, who will be speaking about his new book, Separated Siblings: An Evangelical Understnding of Jews and Judaism.

Faith Forum meets via Zoom at the traditional meeting time of 9:30 am on Sunday. This is the Zoom link for Faith Forum. The link is also provided at the top of the bulletin every week.

Monday Night Bible Study

The Thursday night Bible study is moving to Monday nights for a spell, and at a new time, 7 pm. The group is studying 1 Corinthians, and will examine the seventh chapter of the book tomorrow. The Bible study will meet every Monday at 7 pm via Zoom until further notice , and if you are not conversant with Zoom, don’t let that stop you! We can teach you how to activate Zoom so that you can take part. If you’re interested, please contact Gregory Sager in the church office at or at 773-784-7091.

The Zoom link for the Monday night Bible study is

Meeting ID: 950 5255 8015
Passcode: 141628

Zoom book study

This coming Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:00 pm will be the first Zoom conversation on Rethinking Incarceration. The discussion will focus on the first part of the book, which ends at page 94. If you are struggling to get the book or to find time to read it, Pastor Denise has a link to a series of videos which author Dominique Gilliard recorded that cover the topics in his book. If you watch the first three videos (total of all three is about one hour) you’ll get much of the information from the book: . The book can be ordered through InterVarsity Press. It is also available on Audible.

2021 camp registration update from HarborPoint Ministries
There may be snow on the ground … but at Covenant Harbor and Covenant Point Bible camps, the staffs are already thinking about summer! For those who are wondering about camp options for summer 2021, please be aware that online registration for next summer’s camping season began Tuesday, January 5.

Day, overnight, and family camp options are posted at and

Prayer meeting canceled indefinitely
The church’s biweekly prayer meeting that gathers every second and fourth Monday night each month has been canceled until further notice as part of the church’s response to Chicago’s heightened Covid-19 infection rate and the mayor’s “Stay-at-Home Advisory.”

Prayer requests
A group of women in our church are meeting every night at 7 pm via phone calls and texts in order to keep our various needs before God in prayer. They are asking the congregation to bring their needs to them to be lifted up in prayer as part of this evening prayer time. If you have any needs that you would like to have added to their prayer list, please contact the church office.

Free masks available
The church is offering free masks to anyone in the congregation who is in need of one. If you would like, you may make a donation to our benevolence fund when you come to the church building to pick yours up. Please contact the church office at or 773-396-6175 for more information.

Our response to the current health crisis
As a community of faith we continue to pray for the health and welfare of our church and community as we resist the temptation to fall prey to fear. We do, however, want to continue to look out for the welfare of our friends and neighbors. We are doing our best to stay current with best practices for this unique time — please stay tuned as these may change. Our primary place for timely communication will be our website, We will also offer reminders and notes on our Facebook page and by email. We are livestreaming our Sunday morning worship on Facebook Live and YouTube so that you may continue to be a part of our worship. Do not, however, become isolated. If you need any help there are folks in our church who can do so. Call the office (773-784-7091) or email the office (

General fund giving:
February 7: $1,811

General fund giving:
February 14: $1,644

Scripture for next Sunday
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
Mark 3:7-19; 6:7-13

Art Used in this Bulletin: Steve Erspamer, SM
Clip Art for Year A © 1992, Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our church exists to love and worship God, and love and care for others. By God’s grace, we commit to help people find and follow Jesus Christ through the guidance of his Spirit and his word.

"With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." (Mark 4:30-32 NRS)