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