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January 26, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                    January 26, 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 27   (Read responsively)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes,

it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear.

Though war arise against me;

yet I will be confident.

 

* 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        All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name”        Red Book # 43

 

Invitation to Confession

 

Admitting Our Sin to God

God of all, we want life to be easy and simple. We prefer to see what is ahead and to know exactly what is coming next. If we are honest, we should say we want to simply coast into Your Kingdom. We want our own way. Father, forgive us for our lack of diligence and vigor, for “walking by sight rather than by faith,” and for neglecting Jesus' warn­ing that the Christian life is a life of trial and struggle. Forgive us for preferring our way to Your way. Father, for the sake of Jesus hear us, forgive us and restore to us the joy of walking in faithfulness.  (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               “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”        Red Book  # 295

 

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                  Isaiah 9:1-5                      pew Bible pg. 573

*GOSPEL LESSON                            Matthew 4:12-23                pew Bible pg. 809

 

MESSAGE TEXT                             Acts 1:12-26                          pew Bible pg. 909

 

MESSAGE                   “Identifying Church Leaders”             Pastor Raymond M. Tear

 

* Hymn of Closing              “We’re Marching to Zion”               Red Book  # 416

 

* 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.

 

FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, February 2nd and place them in the baskets located under the old pew in the Narthex.

 

NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin are invited to partake, including baptized children with parental permission.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Those that trust in the Lord will not be disappointed.

 

Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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