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Sunday, January 22, 2017
GREETING and PRELUDE Lighting the altar candles in honor of Jesus, who is the Light of the World
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 730/731 — Johann Sebastian Bach
CHORAL INTROIT Give Thanks to the Lord — Arr. by Patrick Liebergen
CALL TO WORSHIP (Isaiah 9, Psalm 27, Matthew 4)
One: To those who sit in darkness, light has dawned.
All: To us who dwell in gloom and despair, God’s glorious presence has appeared.
One: God is indeed our light and our salvation.
All: We will follow, unafraid, where God and Jesus lead us.
One: Let us worship our God of light and promise. Let us celebrate the hope and joy of our salvation.
OPENING PRAYER (Psalm 27)
O God, our light and our salvation, shelter us in your love. O God, our stronghold, protect us from danger. We come with shouts of joy to worship you this day. We come with song and music to celebrate your love. We come with longing to seek your presence. Be with us now, O God, as we sing your praises. Amen.
HYMN No. 398 Jesus Calls Us
SPECIAL MUSIC What Grace is Mine - Kristyn Lennox Getty Alleluia Choir
Arr. by Tom Fettke
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer — John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM We are Called — David Haas, Arr. Mark Hayes Chancel Choir
THE WRITTEN WORD Matthew 4. 12–23
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
What darkness does the world know and we are threatened with?
How has coming to Jesus been like moving from darkness to light for you?
What must you drop to follow Jesus?
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt BWV 957 — Johann Sebastian Bach
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS We Give Thee But Thine Own
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS) Make Us One Lord
MEDITATION Deacon Steve Manzene, St. Joseph the Worker
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of light, we live in the darkness of despair: worried about our lives, concerned for our health, fearful that we are lost from you. The yoke of our burdens lies heavy upon us:our unwillingness to forgive, our fears of one another, our reluctance to share what we have,our divisions and quarrels. We long to turn from the dark and live in the light. We yearn to leave what is evil and follow the paths of righteousness. Shine the light of your love upon us and transform us with your love, that your promised realm may draw near. Amen.
*CLOSING HYMN No. 344 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
*COMMITMENT CHORUS 2129 (FWS) I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
*BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Ach Gott, tu dich erbarmen BWV 1109 — Johann Sebastian Bach
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.