Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles & misguided men.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “In illo tempore” Gregorian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit “Jesus, Blest Redeemer” Cleland McAfee
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us who wait before you near to the heart of God.
† Call to Worship
In the beginning when God created
A wind swept over the waters, A Spirit called forth creation.
God gave in grace:
Let there be life in the midst of death
Yes, let there be life beyond death.
And God invited and invites us to respond, rejoicing!
It was good, It was awesome and awe-filled,
It is good. Nathan Decker, adapt.
† Hymn “When Jesus Came to Jordan” No. 252
Morning Prayer (unison) No. 253
Father in heave, as the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Grant that all who are baptized into his name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, One God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
To Hear the Word
† The Psalter Psalm 29 (with sung resp.) No. 761
Lee Enos is the Liturgist.
Anthem “How Lovely Are The Messengers” Mendelssohn
How lovely are the messengers that preach us the gospel of peace. To all the nations is gone forth the sound of their words.
From the Gospel Matthew 3:13-17
Sermon “Power—what does this look like?” Rev. Travis Knoll
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “Come We that Love the Lord” No. 732
† The Apostle’s Creed (unison) No. 881
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 Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at 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 Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory “Prayer” Mary Sue Sklarevski
Thank You, dear God, for putting there The spark of love, the will to care,
And may my life be given to You, I pray, dear God, I pray.
Thank you, dear God, for sun and rain, For joy and laughter and Love divine, And may my life be given to You, I pray, dear God, I pray.
Thank you, dear God, for giving me The ears to hear, the eyes, to see
And make my life perfect for Thee, I pray, dear God, I pray. Amen.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99
To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done. With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” No. 569
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, to connect with the power of a truly healing relationship
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “Amen” Anon.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Allegro festivo” Blake