SUNDAY JANUARY 27, 2019
Third Sunday of Epiphany
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
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
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
SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig
POSTLUDE Allegro maestoso (Sonate op 65/II)
by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy