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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

THE SENDING                                  

*COMMITMENT CHORUS 2129 (FWS) I Have Decid­ed To Fol­low Jesus

THE BLESSING

*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.