WORSHIP BULLETIN FOR SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019

First Sunday of Epiphany

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE        

A time to reflect and prepare to hear God as altar candles are lit

Trois pièces en ré mineur (L’Organiste) by César Franck

LIGHTING THE CHRISTMAS WREATH

Love Has Come (verses 1 & 2)

CHORAL INTROIT

On This Day Earth Shall Ring

CALL TO WORSHIP Isaiah 60:1-6

One: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the
   Lord rises upon you. 

All: See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the
   peoples,

One: but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
   Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of
   your dawn. 

All: We will Lift up our eyes and look about us: all will assemble
   and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters
   are carried on the arm. 

One: Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and
   swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to
   you the riches of the nations will come. 

All: Herds of camels will cover our land, 

One: Young camels of Midian and Ephah and all from Sheba will
   come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of
   the Lord. 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

CHRISTMAS HYMN #220

Angels From the Realms of Glory

CHORAL ANTHEM

There Is A Star by Ruth Ealine Shram

THE NICENE CREED

All: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen. Amen!

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST  

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Love Has Come (verse 3)

Love has come, He never will leave us! Love is life everlasting and free. Love is Jesus within and among us. Love is the peace our hearts are seeking. Love! Love! Love is the gift of Christmas. Love! Love! God’s love is my gift to you!

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern BuxWV 223

by Dietrich Buxtehude

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

O come let us adore him, O come, let us adore him! O Come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord! For he alone is worthy, for he alone is worthy. For he alone is worthy, Christ, the Lord!

WRITTEN WORD  John 5:1-9

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie — the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him
lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

   One: The Word of God for the people of God

   All: Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

 • Why would Jesus ask the crippled man if he wanted to get well?

 • Are there times when we like our problems? 

 • Why would we fear the change that might make us whole?

 • What excuses do we give that keep us as we are?

HYMN #219

What Child is This?

TEACHING

Finding the will to get well?

PASTORAL PRAYER

CLOSING HYMN #2172

We Are Called

BLESSING

SENDING

Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE

Sortie en fa majeur (L’Organiste) by César Franck