Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
I’m chasing perfection.
- Kobe Bryant
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
- Vince Lombardi
Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it.
- William Ellery Channing
Organ Prelude “Manet Dominus” Gregorian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit “We Praise You, O God” Joseph Barnby
We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship You, the Father everlasting. Amen.
† Call to Worship
We are here …. to learn to recognize and love God in our lives
We are here …. to experience God’s love once again
We are here …. to be changed by God’s touch.
We are here.
† Hymn “Take Time to be Holy” No. 395
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
Morning Prayer (unison) Prayer for a New Heart No. 392
Thou who are over us, thou who are one of us, thou who art:
Give me a pure heart, that I may see thee; a humble heart, that I may hear thee;
a heart of love, that I may serve thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in thee. Amen.
From the Epistles 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Caleb Knoll is the Liturgist.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours,whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
Anthem “Christ, the Solid Rock” James Biery
My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood, support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.
When Jesus comes with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.
† The Psalter Psalm 119:33-40 (resp. 3) No. 841-2
Response: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to gain!
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; and give me life in your ways.
Confirm to your servant your promise, which is for those who fear you.
Turn away the reproach which I dread, for your ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
Sermon “Holy and Perfect” Rev. Travis Knoll
Leviticus 19:1-2: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
Matthew 5:38-48: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
† Hymn “The Gift of Love” No. 408
Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love, my words are vain,
As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.
Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be given by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin.
Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed.
† 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 “The Almighty” Schubert Tod Myers, Bass
Great is Jehovah, the Lord! Both heaven and earth give witness of His might.
You hear him in the raging storm, in the wood-stream’s loud flowing shout.
You hear Him in the green forest’s murmur and see Him in the gold waves of the seas,
in the love-shaped petaled flowers, in the snow-covered fields.
He speaks in the fearsome roll of thunder, and burns in the swift white lightning.
Yet the yearning heart tells better of God’s might.
Look for Him in worship, and hope for blessings and love. Great is Jehovah, the Lord.
† 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.
† Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” No. 384
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, oh, breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit;
let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty, to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.
Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee:
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love and praise.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, aiming at nothing less than holiness and perfection in life
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” J.-J. Rousseau
Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing;
Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, thy love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us,
Trav’ling thru this wilderness.
Oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us,
Trav’ling thru this wilderness.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Allegro con slancio” Markham