Worship Bulletin for January 26, 2020

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC Praise Life!

Awe­some God by Rich Mullins

Sing by Mitchell Gras­si

Place in This World by Michael W. Smith                 

GREETING

PRELUDE

Here I Am, Lord by Daniel L. Schutte, arr. by John Carter

CHORAL INTROIT

O Be Joy­ful by John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Glo­ri­ous God, we come togeth­er as your peo­ple.

Many: We come as a prais­ing peo­ple, singing your good­ness.

One:   We come as a hun­gry peo­ple, long­ing for your spir­i­tu­al food.

Many: We come as a pray­ing peo­ple, bring­ing our needs and joys.

One: We come as a jour­ney­ing peo­ple, look­ing for direc­tion.

Many: In this hour of wor­ship, empow­er us for faith­ful liv­ing.

OPENING PRAYER

O Lord my God, you are very great. You are also very good. You are clothed with hon­or and majesty. You stretch out the heav­ens like a tent. You have estab­lished the sea and the dry land. Cre­ate in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spir­it with­in us. Fill us with your Holy Spir­it once again, that we may hear your Word and respond in faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

HYMN #139 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Let the Words of My Mouth by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heav­en, hal­lowed be thy name. Thy king­dom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heav­en. Give us this day our dai­ly bread. And for­give us our tres­pass­es, as we for­give those that tres­pass against us. And lead us not into temp­ta­tion, but deliv­er us from evil. For thine is the king­dom, the pow­er, and the glo­ry, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHORAL ANTHEM

Fam­i­ly of Faith by Dale Peter­son

OFFERING

Kum­baya by Marc Robin­son, arr. by Bradley Elling­boe

Zeke Gon­za­lez, drums

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

HYMN #398 (vers­es 1,3, & 5) Jesus Calls Us

SPECIAL MUSIC

Holy is the Lord by Chris Tom­lin Praise Life!

WRITTEN WORD Matthew 14: 22–33

Imme­di­ate­ly Jesus made the dis­ci­ples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the oth­er side, while he dis­missed the crowd. After he had dis­missed them, he went up on a moun­tain­side by him­self to pray. Lat­er that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a con­sid­er­able dis­tance from land, buf­fet­ed by the waves because the wind was against it. Short­ly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walk­ing on the lake. When the dis­ci­ples saw him walk­ing on the lake, they were ter­ri­fied. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus imme­di­ate­ly said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, begin­ning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Imme­di­ate­ly Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of lit­tle faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat wor­shiped him, say­ing, “Tru­ly you are the Son of God.”

QUESTIONS OF FAITH AND LIFE

 • What sit­u­a­tions help you feel safe?

 • What is your response when faced with risk?

 • How is Jesus invit­ing you out of the boat?

 • How do you respond when oth­er peo­ple risk walk­ing on water?

 • What risk is Jesus invit­ing you to take right now?

MESSAGE Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

HYMN #467 Trust and Obey

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

BLESSING AND SENDING

POSTLUDE

Lobe den Her­ren (Praise to the Lord) op 67/24 — Max Reger

Please join us for refresh­ments and fel­low­ship after the ser­vices in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, Direc­tor of Vital Con­gre­ga­tions for the Upper New York Annu­al Con­fer­ence of the UMC,
will present the Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Team’s rec­om­men­da­tions for Liv­er­pool First.