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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
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
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.