Bulletin for February 12

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

                         Hymn Pre­lude on “Rich­mond” Set I No 2 — Healey Willan               

CHORAL INTROIT    O Be Joy­ful - John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP              Psalm 119

One:   Hap­py are those who walk in God’s ways.

All:   Blessed are those who observe God’s com­mand­ments.

One:   Faith­ful are those whose eyes are fixed on right­eous­ness.

All:   Joy­ful are those whose hearts are filled with praise.

One:   Come, let us love the Lord our God.

All:   We come to wor­ship the One who leads us in the ways of life.

OPENING PRAYER (Deuteron­o­my 30, Matthew 5)

Holy Spir­it, guide us as we walk in faith, and guard us against the pow­ers that would draw us away from your love.  Help us to live accord­ing to your com­mand­ments, that we might live long in the land you have pre­pared for us. Prompt us to seek you with our whole heart and guide us to walk in your ways, that we may car­ry out the vows of the covenant we share. May our words and deeds bring life and faith to oth­ers, as we hold fast to the gift of faith. Be near us each and every day, and bless us with your light, that our days may be filled with grace. Amen.

HYMN No. 417 (vs. 1,2,4)                O For a Heart to Praise My God

CHILDREN’S TIME

ANTHEM            Help Us Accept Each Oth­er — Fred Kaan & John Ness Beck   Chan­cel Choir

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER     Seek the Lord by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD Give Me a Clean Heart  Nan­cy B. James

Mar­garet Douroux, Arr. by Albert Denis Tessier

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS      We Give Thee But Thine Own

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

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

THE WRITTEN WORD Matthew 5.  21–37

QUESTIONS OF LIFE and FAITH

What new stan­dard of right or wrong is Jesus cre­at­ing?

Which moral demands – main­tain­ing healthy rela­tion­ships, con­trol­ling lust,      keep­ing your word – chal­lenge you the most?

What do these demands sug­gest about the direc­tion in which God wants us to           grow after receiv­ing his mer­cy?

HYMN No. 468                              Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See

MEDITATION                 The Demands of Love           Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan                                         

RESPONSE TO THE WORD (Matthew 5)

O God, send your Spir­it upon us and light our path that we may trav­el the road you have pre­pared for us.  We like to soft­en the chal­lenge of your Words so they will be more palat­able and easy for us to live with, but you have clear­ly stat­ed you did not come to abol­ish the demands of the law, but to ful­fill them. Help us break free from ideas that no longer bring life, that we may embrace the life-giv­ing work of your Spir­it. Chal­lenge us to for­sake the paths that ask lit­tle of us, and help us resist the evils and temp­ta­tions of this world, that we may tru­ly fol­low the way of king­dom liv­ing. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN No. 422      Jesus, Thine All-Vic­to­ri­ous Love

BLESSING & SENDING

*BENEDICTION                           Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                     Fugue in F Major G 178 - George Fred­er­ic Han­del

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.