Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Organ Prelude Sicut Lilium (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit Gently Raise the Sacred Strain (Thomas Griggs)

Gently raise the sacred strain,
For the Sabbath’s come again
That we may rest.

* Call to Worship

L: We give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart.
P: Before all creation we sing God’s Name.
L: When we call, the Lord answers.
P: The steadfast love of God endures for ever.

* Opening Hymn – Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies UMH 173

1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night; Day-spring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.

2. Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see; till thy inward light impart, cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

3. Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief; fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.

Prayer of Invocation

O Lord God of might inconceivable, of glory we cannot comprehend and of mercy we cannot measure:  Look upon us with your tender love and pour upon us your rich mercy as you call each of us by name; through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God in glory everlasting. Amen.

Sharing Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

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.

Children’s Moment

Anthem Awake, My Heart (Jane Marshall)

Awake, my heart, and render
To God thy sure defender,
Thy Maker, thy preserver,
A song of love and fervor.

Confirm my deeds an guide me:
My day, with Thee beside me,
Beginning, middle, ending,
Will all be upward tending.

My heart shall be Thy dwelling,
With joy and gladness swelling;
Thy word my nurture, given
To bring me on toward Heaven.

A Reading from the Old Testament – Isaiah 6: 1-8 Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Prayer of Confession Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

L: Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
P:  Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against you,
In thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
Have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(I John 1:8,9)
P: Thanks be to God!

* Hymn of Preparation – Where He Leads Me UMH 338

1. I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, “Take thy cross and follow, follow me.” Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

2. I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

3. I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

4. He will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, and go with me, with me all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 5: 1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Sermon – A New & Total Commitment Dr. Emora Brannan

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Keep Me As The Apple Of An Eye (Robert Fielding)

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise 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, of whose bounty we have all received: Accept this offering that we your people bring; and so follow it with your blessing that it may promote peace and good will among all, and advance the purposes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

* Closing Hymn Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore UMH 344

1. Lord, you have come to the lakeshore looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones; you only asked me to follow humbly. O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.

2. You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold and no weapons; you will find there my nets and labor. O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.

3. You need my hands, full of caring through my labors to give others rest, and constant love that keeps on loving. O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.

4. You, who have fished other oceans, ever longed for by souls who are waiting, my loving friend, as thus you call me. O Lord, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling have spoken my name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.

* Benediction (by the Minister)

* Choral Response God Be With You Till We Meet Again

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsel’s guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Allegro Fiero (Thomson)

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