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January 12, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

Baptism of the Lord                                                  January 12, 2014


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship    adapted from Psalm 29    (Read responsively)

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare;

and in His temple all cry, "Glory!"

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;

the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

May the Lord give strength to His people!

May the Lord bless His people with peace!


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.

* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration           “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”           Red Book # 90


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

Merciful God, in baptism You promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, ignore the lost, and are reluctant to welcome one another.  We allow the past to hold us hostage. In Your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises You make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live faithfully together in Your grace.  In Jesus’ name.  (silent, personal confession)   AMEN.


Assurance of Pardon


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication     


* Hymn of Preparation                      “Jesus Calls Us”                    Red Book # 592


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON               Isaiah 42:1-9                      pew Bible pg. 602


*GOSPEL LESSON                          Matthew 3:13-17                  pew Bible pg. 808

MESSAGE TEXT                                  Acts 1:1-5                        pew Bible pg. 909


MESSAGE                    “After Jesus’ Resurrection, Part I”    Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                         “Jesus Saves!”                    Red Book # 438


* Receiving the Blessing


 * Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


TODAY - Immediately following our annual congregational meeting, we will have a potluck luncheon. Please join us in this special time of fellowship and thanksgiving for God’s bounty. All are welcome!


OUR DAILY BREAD (LARGE PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for January, February, and March are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


CHARITABLE GIVING RECORD - If you would like a record of your 2013 contributions to our church, please put your name on the list in the Fellowship Hall.


LITURGISTS NEEDED – Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.



Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Bring light into any dark corners.


Birthdays & Anniversaries this week

Today:       JoAnn Hintze


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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