Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism of Our Lord

Organ PreludeIntroibo (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitBe Joyful In The Lord (Donald Moore)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness,
and come before His presence with a song. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: We are marked as God’s beloved ones.
P: What have we done to deserve God’s love.
L: God’s love is God’s free gift to us, always and forever.
P: Even when we are difficult and turn away from God,
L: God’s love never vanishes from us.
P: Thanks be to God who is ever faithful to us. Amen.

* Opening HymnLeaning on the Everlasting Arms UMH 133

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms; what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms. Leaning (Leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), safe and secure from all alarms; leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms; O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms. Leaning (Leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), safe and secure from all alarms; leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning on the everlasting arms.

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms. Leaning (Leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), safe and secure from all alarms; leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning on the everlasting arms.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of Hope and Light, in the midst of Darkness you offered light to people who lived in fear. Today that light comes to us as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Open our hearts this day and remind us that you have marked us as people of hope and light. Prepare us to serve you by serving your world. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemHow 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.

A Reading from the Old Testament – Isaiah 43:1-7                                                Ethan Coutrill, Liturgist
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

Call to Confession Ethan Coutrill, Liturgist

We are baptized, set apart to be a ministering people, called to be agents of change, created to give glory to God in word and deed. The Holy Spirit has claimed us to be praying, caring, giving disciples of Jesus Christ. In this time of confession, we acknowledge how far we are from what we were created to be.

Prayer of Confession (All) Ethan Coutrill, Liturgist

Sky-shattering God, we confess that we have not always paid much attention to the baptism of Jesus, but viewed it as a nice story which begins Jesus’ ministry. We don’t always see ourselves as standing in that long line of those marked for service; and therefore it is easy for us to dismiss this as a nice story and nothing more.
Yet you have called us by name, knowing each of us, and loving us. We are astonished by this. We know that we have behaved in very unloving ways and in some behaviors which do not promote your love and peace. Forgive us for our blindness. Turn us around. Help us to be people who not only recognize the light, but who are willing to live in that light, bringing help to others in your name. For we pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Words of Assurance Ethan Coutrill, Liturgist

People of God, you are known and loved by the Creator. You are marked as God’s chosen ones to bring hope and peace to others. Be at peace and live in hope. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationChild of Blessing, Child of Promise UMH 611

1. Child of blessing, child of promise, baptized with the Spirit’s sign; with this water God has sealed you unto love and grace divine.

2. Child of love, our love’s expression, love’s creation, loved indeed! Fresh from God, refresh our spirits, into joy and laughter lead.

3. Child of joy, our dearest treasure, God’s you are, from God you came. Back to God we humbly give you; live as one who bears Christ’s name.

4. Child of God your loving Parent, learn to know whose child you are. Grow to laugh and sing and worship, trust and love God more than all.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Sermon – “Called & Claimed”                                                                                                  Rev. Debbie Scott

Renewal of Baptism Covenant (2008 General Conference Version)


Sisters and brothers in Christ:
through the sacrament of baptism
God’s Spirit has been poured out upon water,
water poured over and immersing us,
water that flows freely for all who will receive it,
water from the streams of God’s saving power and justice,
water that brings hope to all who thirst for righteousness,
water that refreshes life, nurtures growth, and offers new birth.

Today we come to the waters,
to renew our commitments
in each other’s presence
to Christ who has raised us,
the Spirit who has birthed us,
and the Creator who is making all things new.

Thanksgiving Over the Water

The Spirit of the Lord is with us.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Let us pray.
Almighty God, the life you birthed in us
by baptism into Jesus Christ
will never die.
Your justice never fails.
Your mercy is everlasting.

Your healing river flows.
Your Spirit blows where you will.
We cannot stop you, God!

But sometimes we try.
We try to block the flow,
we redirect the winds of the Spirit,
or we walk so far away from the life-giving Stream
that we do not hear its sound,
and we forget its power.
We parch ourselves.

We are dry and thirsty, O God.
Come, refresh us!

Come upon us, Holy Spirit!
Come upon us, Holy Spirit!

Come upon these waters.
Come upon these waters.

Let these waters be to us drops of your mercy.
Let these waters remind us of your righteousness and justice.
Let these waters renew in us the resurrection power of Jesus.
Let these waters make us long for your coming reign.

Most Holy God, Abba, Father!
Glory to you!

Jesus Christ, Savior, Lord!
Glory to you!

Spirit of fire, Spirit over the waters, Spirit of holiness!
Glory to you!

Eternal God, One in Three and Three in One!
All glory is yours, now and forever. Amen!

Remember that you are baptized, and rejoice!

(Please come forward to the Baptismal Font and dip your fingers in the water and then touch them to your forehead)

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryO Lord, Speak Now Within Me (Sullivan, arr. Dash)

Comfort my soul, O Lord, speak now within me. O, speak; Thy servant hears with contrite spirit. My prayers rise to Thee from morning till even; redeem and give me rest from days of darkness.
Even unto the end remaining faithful, triumphant over doubt, sure of Thy love. Thy consolation, Lord, withdraw not from me. Lord, my poor soul become as harvest earth.
Fulfill Thy promise, Lord; my soul deliver, that I may taste no more of misery and sorrow. Stay my refuge.
Comfort my soul, O Lord, speak now within me. O, speak; Thy servant hears with yearning, contrite heart. Ever I meditate, speak within me.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow                                  UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

O God, you have blessed our lives by revealing your love for us in Jesus – your beloved Son. We offer these gifts as tangible expressions of our joy and gratitude, and pray that through them – and our witness and service – others may come to recognize and experience your presence in the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnDown by the Jordan (Praise to the Lord, the Almighty) UMH 139

1. Down by the Jordan, a prophet named John was baptizing,
Preaching a message the people found bold and surprising:
“God will forgive! Show that you’ll change how you live!
Surely God’s new day is rising!”
2. There by the river, the crowd came with great expectation:
“Are you God’s Chosen One, sent here to rescue our nation?”
“No!” John replied. “He who is mightier than I
Judges and offers salvation.”
3. Jesus, you went to be baptized along with the others,
Taking your place among sinners, God’s lost sons and daughters.
Then with great love, God’s Spirit came as a dove!
Your work began in those waters.
4. Here in the Church, we are baptized and filled with God’s Spirit.
Freed and forgiven, we’re welcomed with joy! Can you hear it?
This is God’s sign! This is how God says, “You’re mine!”
Let’s take the good news and share it!

* Benediction

L: Carry forward the mission that Christ entrusts to us:
Proclaim peace to all people everywhere.
P: Our differences are transcended
In the healing streams of God’s impartiality.
L: In humility, and yet with confidence,
We go out to witness to our faith. Amen.

* Choral ResponseGod Be In My Head (Walford Davies)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking,
God be in mine end, and in my departing.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Spiritoso (Crabbe)

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