Bulletin for January 15

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

                                     We Three Kings arranged by Matthew Comp­ton           Wes­ley Ringers

CHORAL INTROIT            Joy­ful­ly Sing to God For­ev­er arranged by Patrick Lieber­gen

CALL TO WORSHIP (Isa­iah 49, The Mes­sage)

One: Lis­ten up, every­one! God has giv­en us work to do.

All: God has called each of us before we were even born.

One: It was God who named us.

All: It is God who claims us.

One: The light of God’s love shines in us.

All: Let’s shine God’s love into all the world!

*HYMN No. 2173 (FWS)         Shine, Jesus, Shine

OPENING PRAYER (Isa­iah 49, 1 Corinthi­ans 1)

God of Isa­iah, you are our God, too. You spoke to the prophets, but your mes­sage did not end with them. There is still work to be done, and we pray to hear your call afresh. Help us joy­ful­ly claim our role as your beloved ser­vants, know­ing that you pro­vide all that we need to do our work. You walked with us before we were even born, and you con­tin­ue to hold us by the hand each and every day of our lives. We pray with the con­fi­dence of those who have been filled with your light. We pray with the assur­ance of those who have been called into fel­low­ship with your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER     Seek the Lord by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM                 Lead Us, Love Us, Sav­ior - Lan­ny Lan­ford       Chan­cel Choir

 

THE WRITTEN WORD John  1. 29–42

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

What moti­vat­ed the dis­ci­ples of John the Bap­tist to fol­low Jesus?

What title best describes what inter­ests you in Jesus?

Who are the Andrews and Phillips in your life?

Who would you bring along with you to “see” Jesus?

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

I Modere, II Lent et soutenu from Sonatine pour clar­inette en la & piano

Michael King, clar­inet      Nan­cy B. James, piano

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS      We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give thee but thine own,whate’er the gift may be;

all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.

May we thy boun­ties thus as stew­ards true receive,

and glad­ly, as thou bless­est us, to thee our first-fruits give.

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

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

MEDITATION                                                                                 Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gen­er­ous God, you have already giv­en us all that we need. Help us trust your con­tin­ued care, that we may share with oth­ers the abun­dance of your bless­ings. Strength­en us for ser­vice, and remind us of the great joy that awaits those who answer your call. Accept our gifts and give us new songs of praise as we cel­e­brate the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be in min­istry, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

PRAYER OF BLESSING

*CLOSING HYMN No. 568         Christ for the World We Sing

THE SENDING                                  Go Now in Peace

POSTLUDE                               Vol­un­tary on “Old Hun­dredth” — Hen­ry Pur­cell

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.