Worship Bulletin for February 3, 2019

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Fourth Sun­day after Epiphany

PASTORAL GREETING 

The Spir­it of God is upon us! This is a holy day and we are a holy peo­ple! The joy of God is our strength! All of us, with all our gifts, we are the body of Christ!

PRELUDE Aria Larghet­to (Con­cer­to op 6 no 12) by G F Hän­del      

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

CHORAL INTROIT Let Us Rejoice by John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Today is a day of rejoic­ing!
Peo­ple: It is a time to celebrate!Leader: Jesus offers us a plan of action!
Peo­ple: No longer are we trapped, won­der­ing what we should
               be doing.Leader: Jesus speaks to us of free­dom, release from cap­tiv­i­ty,
               recov­ery of sight.
Peo­ple: Jesus out­lines the kind of dis­ci­ples that are need­ed
               in God’s world. Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISEWe Are Called (2172, The Faith We Sing)

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SONG The Joy of the Lord (vers­es 1, 3, and 4)

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER [slides]

CHORAL ANTHEM Stand Up and Bless the Lord by Mary McDon­ald 

OFFERTORY Pro­ces­sion­al (Judas Mac­cabaeus) by G F Hän­del

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 Bind Us Togeth­er, #2226

Bind us togeth­er, Lord, Bind us togeth­er with cords that can­not be bro­ken; Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er, bind us togeth­er in love. There is only One God! There is only One King! There is only One Body! That is why we sing! Bind us togeth­er, Lord, Bind us togeth­er with cords that can­not be bro­ken; Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er, bind us togeth­er in love.

WRITTEN WORD Nehemi­ah 7:73–8:12

When the sev­enth month came and the Israelites had set­tled in their towns, all the peo­ple assem­bled as one man in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had com­mand­ed for Israel. So on the first day of the sev­enth month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assem­bly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to under­stand. He read it aloud from day­break till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the pres­ence of the men, women and oth­ers who could under­stand. And all the peo­ple lis­tened atten­tive­ly to the Book of the Law. Ezra the scribe stood on a high wood­en plat­form built for the occa­sion. Beside him on his right stood Mat­tithi­ah, She­ma, Ana­iah, Uri­ah, Hilki­ah and Maa­seiah; and on his left were Peda­iah, Mishael, Malk­i­jah, Hashum, Hash­bad­danah, Zechari­ah and Meshul­lam. Ezra opened the book. All the peo­ple could see him because he was stand­ing above them; and as he opened it, the peo­ple all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the peo­ple lift­ed their hands and respond­ed, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and wor­shiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. The Levites-Jeshua, Bani, Shere­bi­ah, Jamin, Akkub, Shab­bethai, Hodi­ah, Maa­seiah, Keli­ta, Azari­ah, Joz­abad, Hanan and Pela­iah — instruct­ed the peo­ple in the Law while the peo­ple were stand­ing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, mak­ing it clear and giv­ing the mean­ing so that the peo­ple could under­stand what was being read. Then Nehemi­ah the gov­er­nor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instruct­ing the peo­ple said to them all, “This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the peo­ple had been weep­ing as they lis­tened to the words of the Law. Nehemi­ah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have noth­ing pre­pared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the peo­ple, say­ing, “Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve.” Then all the peo­ple went away to eat and drink, to send por­tions of food and to cel­e­brate with great joy, because they now under­stood the words that had been made known to them. — NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

• How impor­tant is the read­ing of God’s Word to your spir­i­tu­al renew­al?

• Why is it impor­tant to study the Word with oth­ers?

• What prac­tices do you engage reg­u­lar­ly to learn and grow in your faith? 

• Do they fill you with a pas­sion for Christ? 

TEACHING The Mak­ing of a Revival

OUR COMMON CONFESSION

O God, some­times we just don’t feel it. We know in our head that we should love you with our whole life, with our entire heart, soul, mind and all our strength, but the pas­sion is miss­ing. Our faith gets caught up in the fab­ric of every­day life and we grow sat­is­fied with the prac­tices of faith we have adopt­ed to live a “Chris­t­ian” life, but they do not real­ly sat­is­fy the hunger we know we should have. And our ser­vice and wit­ness is lim­it­ed and oblig­a­tory. Rekin­dle the flame of your Spir­it; give us an unquench­able long­ing for you that dri­ves us to doing what­ev­er it takes to know you and be close to you to feel you near. Inspire our ser­vice and wit­ness so we might know you are direct­ing us. For­give our tepid faith and be our first love. Amen!

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

As the ush­er direct you, please come for­ward through the cen­ter aisle to one of our two sta­tions to receive the bread to dip in the chal­ice. Com­mu­nion is open to all. Kneel at the altar rail to pray if you like before return­ing to you seat by the side aisles. Those who can­not come for­ward will be served in their pews.

CLOSING HYMN Revive Us Again

BLESSING

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE Fugue G 178 (Suite in F Major) by G F Hän­del