WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2019
First Sunday of Epiphany
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)
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
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
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
CHRISTMAS HYMN #220
Angels From the Realms of Glory
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.
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
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?
What Child is This?
Finding the will to get well?
CLOSING HYMN #2172
We Are Called
Go Now in Peace by Don Besig
Sortie en fa majeur (L’Organiste) by César Franck