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January 19, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

2nd Sunday After Epiphany                                      January 19, 2014

 

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


 
Prelude                            
 (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 40   (Read responsively)

I waited patiently for the Lord;

He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction.

He lifted me out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed are they who make the Lord their trust,

who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

 

* 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                  "How Great Thou Art”                  Red Book # 147

Invitation to Confession

 

Admitting Our Sin to God

Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before You our sinful nature prone to evil, our apathy in doing good, and all our other shortcomings and offenses. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from Your ways, in wasting Your gifts, in forgetting Your love. But You, O Lord, have mercy upon us who are ashamed and sorry for all in which we have displeased You. Teach us to hate our errors and cleanse us from our secret faults.  And forgive our sins for the sake of Your dear Son. And, most holy and loving Father, help us, we implore You to live in Your light and walk in Your ways according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord.  (silent, personal confession)   Amen

 

Assurance of Pardon

   Leader  . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

   All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

 

* 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               “Nothing But The Blood”             Red Book # 337

 

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *

    

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                 Isaiah 49:1-7                    pew Bible pg. 609

 

*GOSPEL LESSON                          John 1:29-42                        pew Bible pg. 886

 

MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 1:6-11                          pew Bible pg. 909

 

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

 

* Hymn of Closing                  “Wonderful Words of Life”            Red Book # 406

 

* 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.

 

LIVES LOST TO ABORTION In the 40 years since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, over 55 million unborn babies have been lost to abortion. A peaceful gathering to remember these lives already lost will be held this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Kerr County Courthouse.

 

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.

 

Worship of our Great Creator begins with a grateful heart.

Birthdays & Anniversaries this week

Friday:       Cliff & Ellen Caldwell

 

Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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