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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
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
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.