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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.
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.