Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Salus Aeterna”                             Sarum

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

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!

† Hymn “Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us”                       No. 331

(hymn words copyright protected, see hymnal.)
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us in the truth that Christ makes known; we have faith and understanding through your helping gifts alone.
Holy Spirit, come, console us, come as advocate to plead; loving Spirit from the Father, grant in Christ the help we need.
Holy Spirit, come, renew us, come yourself to make us live; holy through your loving presence, holy through the gifts you give.
Holy Spirit, come, possess us, you the love of Three in One, Holy Spirit of the Father, Holy Spirit of the Son.

Morning Prayer (unison) Prayer to the Holy Spirit           No. 329

O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze: We need your strength and wisdom.  Cause us to walk in beauty.  Give us eyes ever to behold the red and purple sunset.  Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us.  Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.  Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands and steady eyes, so when life fades, like the fading sunset, our spirits may come to you without shame.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 58:1-12 Susan Allenback is the Liturgist.

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Anthem “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked” Geoffrey O’Hara

I walked today where Jesus walked,
In days of long ago;
I wandered down each path He knew,
With reverent step and slow.
Those little lanes, they have not changed,
A sweet peace fills the air.
I walked today where Jesus walked
And felt His presence there.

My pathway led through Bethlehem,
Ah, memories ever sweet;
The little hills of Galilee,
That knew those childish feet;
The Mount of Olives – hallowed scenes,
That Jesus knew before;
I saw the mighty Jordan roll,
As in the days of yore.

I knelt today where Jesus knelt,
Where all alone He prayed;
The Garden of Gethsemane -
My heart felt unafraid!
I picked my heavy burden up,
And with Him by my side,
I climbed the Hill of Calvary,
Where on the Cross he died!

I walked today where Jesus walked,
And felt Him close to me.

From the Gospel Matthew 5:13-20

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Sermon “What you drive matters”           Rev. Travis Knoll

1 Corinthians 2:1-16: When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, & they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “One Bread, One Body”                        No. 620

Refrain: One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew, servant or free,
woman or man, no more.

Many the gifts, many the works,
one in the Lord of all.

Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
gathered to one, for all.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “Aver Verum Corpus”   Edward Elgar

Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, having truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for mankind, from Whose pierced side water and blood flowed. Be for us a foretaste of the Heavenly banquet in the trial of death!

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on me. 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.

Pastoral Prayer

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Prayer of Confession and Pardon No.8

(unison) Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.  We have failed to be an obedient church.  We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy.  Forgive us, we pray.  Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

All pray in silence

(leader) Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

(unison to leader) In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

(unison) Glory to God.  Amen.

Please stand.

The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting B: pp. 18-20)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is good to give our thanks and praise.

(pastor prays, concluding)
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

(sung, leader calls and congregation echoes one line at a time)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, w God of power and might. w Heaven and earth are full of your gloryw Hosanna in the highest.w Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
w in the highest

(pastor prays, concluding:)
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
(sung, call and echo) Christ has died,w Christ is risen, w Christ will come again!

(pastor prays, concluding:)
All honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.
(sung, call and echo)
Amenw Amenw Amen.

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.

Please be seated.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire”                       No. 603

Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire, let us thine influence prove;
source of the old prophetic fire, fountain of life and love.
Come, Holy Ghost (for moved by thee the prophets wrote and spoke),
unlock the truth, thyself the key, unseal the sacred book.
Expand thy wings, celestial Dove, brood o’er our nature’s night;
on our disordered spirits move, and let there now be light.
God, through the Spirit we shall know if thou within us shine,
and sound, with all thy saints below, the depths of love divine.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, to see things with God’s eyes, and others with his love
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”           

Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing; Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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 “Finale in F”     Morten

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