January 21, 2018
Third Sunday after Epiphany
ORDER OF SERVICE
Welcome and Passing of the Peace
WE INVITE GOD’S PRESENCE INTO OUR HEARTS
Centering Music “Sanctuary”
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.
Ringing of the Church Bell
*Call to Worship
Leader: Our souls await you in silence, O God.
People: Our hope is in you, our rock and salvation.
Leader: Because of you, we shall not be shaken.
People: On you, we rest; and in you, we take refuge.
Leader: Let us trust in you at all times.
All: Let us pour out our hearts in worship to you, O God.
*Opening Prayer (Unison)
Silence is the sound of our souls waiting. Hope is the air that fills our lungs and energizes our bodies. God, you are the rock and foundation on which we stand and build our shelters. We place our trust in you and pour out our hearts to you. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” #478
Time for Youth
Video “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Shared Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer (sins)
Leader: People of God, what is your prayer for our youth?
Congregation: Our prayer is that they grow up to be like Jesus--strong and brave, full of grace and truth! And, we pray that we will help them. Amen.
WE OFFER GRATITUDE TO GOD
Invitation to Give and Share
Gestures of gratitude are a demonstration that a blessing or benefit has been received. We heard a call, dropped our nets and came to this place to find new life. The gifts we give today are but tokens of the blessings of the new life we live in Christ. Bring your gifts with joy for they remind us of just how blessed we are to know this love that flows so generously from the spirit of God.
Offertory “Lord, Listen to Your Children” by Ken Medema (Chancel Choir)
*Doxology “We Give You But Your Own” #785
We give you but your own, what e’er the gift may be; All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.
*Prayer of Dedication
God, we rejoice, for your realm is coming into being. We live to be free of our attachments, for the present form of this world is passing away. We give thanks for your love is abundant and the source of our freedom. Amen.
WE PRAYERFULLY ENTRUST OURSELVES TO GOD
Introduction to Our Time of Prayer and Silent Prayer of Confession
Words of Affirmation
God’s power is in God’s steadfast love. Our deliverance and honor rest in God in whom we may trust at all times.
Joys and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Congregational Response “Be Still and Know” #743
Be still and know that I am God. (3x)
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
*Hymn of Preparation “Lift Every Voice and Sing” #540 from the African American Heritage Hymnal
Scripture 1 Samuel 3:1-10, *John 1:43-51
Sermon “Still Listening?”
WE GO FORTH AS GOD’S PEOPLE
*Hymn of Dismissal “We Shall Overcome” #570 vs. 1, 2, 5 & 6
*Shared Blessing (Unison)
Now may the One who is faithful to all be with us all as we depart this blessed place. May we be a blessing to every place we go, until we gather again. Amen.
*Sung Blessing “God Be With You” #809
God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again. O God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again.
Ringing of the Church Bell
Please join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.
*Those who are able are invited to stand for sections marked with an asterisk (*).