Bulletin for January 29

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

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

                                          Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 717 — Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach

CHORAL INTROIT                              Let Us Rejoice! — John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  Come and hear the good news. No mat­ter what is hap­pen­ing in your life, God’s            bless­ing and love is with you. Come and hear what God wants you to do: live

lives of jus­tice and love and truth. Come and get courage and strength to be

fools for Christ, embrac­ing King­dom val­ues rather than those of the world.

All: We’re here, ready to lis­ten, open to change, expect­ing to be blessed by our

time togeth­er.

OPENING PRAYER

Lov­ing God, we come this morn­ing seek­ing to abide in your pres­ence. Open our minds to your spir­it of wis­dom, that we may know how to live as your peo­ple. Open our hearts to your spir­it of truth, that we may love all your peo­ple with a love that speaks of jus­tice, kind­ness, and rad­i­cal grace. May this time of wor­ship be authen­tic and pleas­ing to you.  Amen.

HYMN No. 451                                     Be Thou My Vision

A DRAMATIC WORD (9:30)

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM (11:00)

Andrew James Markham born August 4, 2016 to Nicholas and Sarah Markham

CONSECRATION OF CONGREGATIONAL CAREGIVERS

Lor­rie LaDuke, Susan Slenker, Bill San­ford, Mark Shaler, Pat Cuper­nall, Sharon Hart­man, Char­lie Blood

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER     Let the Words of My Mouth by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

ANTHEM               The Beat­i­tudes — Tina Eng­lish, Arr. by John Puri­foy      Chan­cel Choir

THE WRITTEN WORD         Matthew 5. 1–12

 

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

How do these promised bless­ings com­pare with what most peo­ple in the world prize?

Of these eight qual­i­ties which do you desire most in your life?

How are Chris­tians to be seen by soci­ety?

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Sara­bande (from Hol­berg Suite Op 40) — Edvard Grieg

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS      We Give Thee But Thine Own

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

One:   The God of bless­ing and love be with all of us.

All:     We embrace God’s bless­ing and love.

One:   Turn now and pass that bless­ing on to one anoth­er so that our com­mu­ni­ty may   be bound togeth­er in love and bless­ing.

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

HYMN No. 2155         Blest Are They

MEDITATION                 Atti­tudes Worth Striv­ing For                        Dr. Bri­an Homan

                           

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

 Far too often, O God, we desire to look wise in the eyes of the world. We have not spo­ken truth with our hearts. We have said and done hurt­ful things to our friends. We have for­got­ten our true iden­ti­ty, wan­der­ing into ways that are not yours. We have lost the path of true wor­ship, focus­ing on form and words rather than deeds. We have for­got­ten what true dis­ci­ple­ship is. And because of this, you have a quar­rel with us. For­give us and help us live into becom­ing the peo­ple you have cre­at­ed and called us to be: peo­ple of jus­tice, love, truth and humil­i­ty, and yes, even fool­ish­ness.  May we be fools for Christ, embrac­ing our true iden­ti­ty, even in the face of the world’s scorn and deri­sion. 

*CLOSING HYMN No. 2172   (FWS)       We Are Called

THE SENDING & BLESSING

*BENEDICTION                                 Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE           Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 716 — Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach

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