Weekly Worship Bulletin for January 27, 2019

SUNDAY JANUARY 27, 2019

Third Sun­day of Epiphany

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE       Praise Band        

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

CHORAL INTROIT Joy­ful­ly Sing to God For­ev­er 

arr. by Patrick M. Lieber­gen

CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 36:5–10

One: Your unfail­ing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heav­ens; your
          faith­ful­ness reach­es beyond the clouds.

All:   Your right­eous­ness is like the mighty moun­tains, your jus­tice
          like the ocean depths.

One: You care for peo­ple and ani­mals alike, O Lord.

All:   How pre­cious is your unfail­ing love, O God! All human­i­ty
          finds shel­ter in the shad­ow of your wings.

One: You feed all from the abun­dance of your own house,
          let­ting them drink from your riv­er of delights.

All:    For you are the foun­tain of life, the light by which we see.

One: Pour out your unfail­ing love on us who are gath­ered here to
          express their love for you; give jus­tice to those with hon­est
          hearts. 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Alleluia Choir

HYMN #642 As Man and Woman We Were Made

CHORAL ANTHEM Here I Am, Lord arr. by Anna Lau­ra Page

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Let the Words of My Mouth
by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERTORY You’ll Nev­er Walk Alone (from Carousel

by Rogers & Ham­mer­stein                     Nan­cy B. James, sopra­no

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

We give thee but thine own what e’er The gift may be; all that we have is thine alone a trust, O Lord, from thee. May we thy boun­ties thus as stew­ards true receive, and glad­ly as thou nbess­est us, to thee our first-fruits give.

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!

WRITTEN WORD John 2:1–11

On the third day a wed­ding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ moth­er was there, 2 and Jesus and his dis­ci­ples had also been invit­ed to the wed­ding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ moth­er said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His moth­er said to the ser­vants, “Do what­ev­er he tells you.” 6 Near­by stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for cer­e­mo­ni­al wash­ing, each hold­ing from twen­ty to thir­ty gal­lons. 7 Jesus said to the ser­vants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the mas­ter of the ban­quet.” They did so, 9 and the mas­ter of the ban­quet tast­ed the water that had been turned into wine. He did not real­ize where it had come from, though the ser­vants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bride­groom aside 10 and said, “Every­one brings out the choice wine first and then the cheap­er wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 This, the first of his mirac­u­lous signs, Jesus per­formed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed
his glo­ry, and his dis­ci­ples put their faith in him.  —  NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God     

All:    Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

 • Where is your wine lev­el — your zest for life – right now?

 • What is drain­ing you?

 • How will your faith restore your joy?

TEACHING Mak­ing the Best of It

COMMON PRAYER

God, for some of us life is not as it should be, not as we hope it would be. We believe in you and fol­low you but the chal­lenge of life wear us down and we have allowed our rou­tines, our prob­lems and chal­lenges to win over our hearts and minds to the point where we have accept­ed what is as all there might be. We do not look for more or keep striv­ing for more of life only to be met with dis­ap­point­ment. We know we can only find true life in you and so we aban­don all futile attempts we make on our own to place our hopes in your pow­er to work mir­a­cles in our lives. Be our Shep­herd and lead us to green pas­tures and still waters – restore our souls! Restore to us the joy and antic­i­pa­tion only you can bring to our lives. For­give our look­ing for life in the wrong places and on our own efforts for we know they shall only lead us to dead ends and emp­ty places. We want more! Help us to want more in and with you! Amen

CLOSING HYMN #111 How Can We Name a Love

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE Alle­gro maestoso (Sonate op 65/II) 

by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy