FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Words of Welcome – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prelude: Ave verum – W.A. Mozart
- Call to Worship
- Leader: Come! Let us give thanks to the Lord with whole hearts.
- People: Glory to God whose wonders are to be remembered.
- Leader: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
- People: The Lord feeds the righteous with truth.
- ALL: COME! LET US GIVE THANKS TO GOD!
- Hymn 262: God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand – NATIONAL HYMN
- Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)
- Holy and powerful God, you guide all spirits, comfort those in distress, and cast out all the forces in our lives that seek to destroy. We pause as we begin to acknowledge that we feel unable and remain unwilling to do your will. We protect what is familiar to us and reject what is unknown. We admire those with courage but excuse ourselves when we falter from the truth. We forget that you are always with us, and that with you all things are possible. Forgive us, lead us, make us new. Remove our desire to heed false prophets, and show us your way; in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, Mother of us all, hear our silent prayers of return …
- Assurance of Pardon
- Leader: Everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds.
- People: We ask for forgiveness and we seek a new life.
- Leader: Then our sins are forgiven and our lives are made new in Christ our Lord.
- ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD. ALLELUIA! AMEN!!
- Response 322: Spirit of the Living God – LIVING GOD
- Passing of the Peace
- Anthem: Praise the Goodness of God – Alan Pote
- The Chancel Choir
- Scripture: Isaiah 65:1-2, 17-25
- Sermon: THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Download the sermon to play on your own device: 020319 SERMON jw
- Hymn 280: Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound – AMAZING GRACE
- Affirmation of Faith (unison) – from THE IONA COMMUNITY
- We believe that God hopes and works for a world where all shall be included in the feast of life and that in Christ we see how costly it is to bring that world about.
- We believe that God of all the earth is at work beyond the churches as well as within them, working for justice, so that all may have a say in what happens to them.
- We long for the time when all who hunger and thirst for justice shall be satisfied and we believe that despite the persistence of evil, now is always the time when more good can be done and we can make a difference. Amen.
- Time of Giving Thanks – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
- Offertory: What a Friend We Have in Jesus – arr. David Cherwien
- Doxology 592: Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
- Prayer of Dedication (unison)
- Generous God, you are our portion and our cup. In you our hearts are glad, our souls rejoice, and our bodies rest. Bless and multiply our offerings this morning that they may bring the joy of your presence more deeply into the world. Amen.
- Sacrament of Communion
- Communion setting 1: “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks” – arr. Mark Hayes
- Communion setting 2: “Just As I Am” – arr. Mark Hayes
- Hymn 289: O God of Every Nation – LLANGLOFFAN
- Charge and Benediction – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Postlude: Rondeau and Hornpipe – Henry Purcell