Bulletin for January 8

We are glad to have you wor­ship with us!

Hear­ing devices and LARGE PRINT bul­letins are avail­able; our ush­ers are hap­py to assist you.

Please silence all devices dur­ing wor­ship. (*) indi­cates please stand, as you are able

Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 8, 2017

GREETING and PRELUDE  Light­ing the altar can­dles in hon­or of Jesus, who is the Light of the World

Christ, unser Herr, zum Jor­dan kam BuxWV 180 Diet­rich Bux­te­hude

CHORAL INTROIT             O Be Joy­ful — John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  In the very begin­ning, God sep­a­rat­ed the dark­ness and the light. God called the  Light “Day” and the Dark­ness, God called “Night”.

All:  We were once peo­ple who dwelled in dark­ness, but God has giv­en us the true  Light, Jesus Christ.

One:  God has blessed us and adopt­ed us as God’s own beloved chil­dren, through the  sacra­ment of Bap­tism.

All:  The water of bap­tism brings to us heal­ing and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion; it is a sym­bol of  nour­ish­ment and cleans­ing. 

One:  This day is the day of the remem­brance of Jesus’ Bap­tism.

All:   As we hear the words of his bap­tism, let us be remind­ed of our own adop­tion  by God and cel­e­brate the joy­ous con­nec­tion to the Almighty God.

*HYMN No. 249                   There’s a Song in the Air

GIFT OF MUSIC         Away in a Manger  (tra­di­tion­al Ger­man car­ol)    Spir­it Singers

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

CALL TO PRAYER                      Let the Words of My Mouth — John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

CHORAL ANTHEM                         Wade in the Water (tra­di­tion­al spir­i­tu­al)        Chan­cel Choir

Arr. By Mark Hayes

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Christ, unser Herr, zum Jor­dan kam — Johann Pachel­bel

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234   O Come Let Us Adore Him!

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS)  Make Us One Lord

THE WRITTEN WORD                     Matthew 3. 13–17

HYMN No. 254           We Three Kings

MEDITATION                What It Means to be a Child of God     Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

OUR COMMON CONFESSION

INVITATION TO RENEWING OUR COVENANT WITH GOD

COVENANT PRAYER

I will no longer be my own, but yours.  Lord, make of my life what you will; I put myself ful­ly into your hands: put me to doing, put me to suf­fer­ing, let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,  let me be full, let me be emp­ty, let me have all things, let me have noth­ing. I freely and with a will­ing heart give it all to your  plea­sure and dis­pos­al. And now, O glo­ri­ous and blessed God — Father, Son  and Holy Spir­it, you are mine and I am yours. So be it! And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be rat­i­fied in heav­en. Amen!

THE BLESSING OF THE WATER OF BAPTISM

RENEWAL OF OUR BAPTISM

You are invit­ed to come for­ward through the cen­ter aisle to touch the water in the basin. You can make the sign of the cross upon your fore­head, remem­ber and renew your com­mit­ment to fol­low Christ.

PRAYER OF BLESSING

*CLOSING HYMN No. 251   Go, Tell It on the Moun­tain

THE SENDING                                  Go Now in Peace

POSTLUDE           Christ, unser Herr, zum Jor­dan kam BWV 684 — Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach

Please join us for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Those desir­ing to receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor are invit­ed to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fel­low­ship Hall.