Sunday, February 3, 2019

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Organ Prelude – Whan That Falleth Snow (Medieval Scottish)

Words of Welcome & Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – Be 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 (from Romans 13:8-10)

Love one another,
For the one who loves has fulfilled the law.
Love one another,
For all the commandments are fulfilled, if we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Love one another,
For this is the law of Christ.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor,
Therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Come, worship Christ, who calls us to love one another. Amen.

* Opening Hymn – How Can We Name a Love UMH 111

1. How can we name a Love that wakens heart and mind, indwelling all we know or think or do or seek or find? Within our daily world, in every human face, Love’s echoes sound and God is found, hid in the common place.

2. If we awoke to life built on a rock of care that asked no great reward but firm, assured, was simply there, we can, with parents’ names, describe, and thus adore, Love unconfined, a father kind, a mother strong and sure.

3. When people share a task, and strength and skills unite in projects old or new, to make or do with shared delight, our Friend and Partner’s will is better understood, that all should share, create, and care, and know that life is good.

4. So in a hundred names, each day we all can meet a presence, sensed and shown at work, at home, or in the street. Yet every name we see, shines in a brighter sun: In Christ alone is Love full grown and life and hope begun.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

We thank you, O God, for calling us into your church to be your people. We have gathered, God of grace and wisdom, because we have heard your call. You have reached out to us in Jesus Christ, you have touched us with your Spirit; and we have turned toward you, seeking to love as we have been loved. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem – Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray (C.H. Kitson)

1. Jesu, grant me this, I pray,
Ever in Thy heart to stay;
Let me evermore abide
Hidden in Thy wounded side.
2. If the evil one prepare
Or the world, a tempting snare,
I am safe, when I abide
In Thy heart and wounded side.
3. If the flesh, more dangerous still,
Tempt my soul to deeds of ill,
Naught I fear when I abide
In Thy heart and wounded side.
4. Death will come one day to me;
Jesu, cast me not from Thee;
Dying let me still abide
In Thy heart and wounded side.

Prayer of Confession (All) Dan Bailey, Liturgist

Almighty Love, we confess that we have misused the name of love. We have called it love when we have turned our backs on the poor, saying they need to help themselves. We have called it love when we have closed our eyes to abuse and neglect. We have called it love when we have justified suffering in the world, promising gifts of eternal life in our words while denying life now. Forgive us for our misuse of Scripture, for our abuse of the word love. Call us to repent, and to seek Your love, a love that knows no bounds, a love that seeks to build up and restore, a love that calls us to act in compassion and justice. In the name of Christ, who is Love, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon (from Romans 8:38-39) Dan Bailey, Liturgist

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen and Amen.

* Hymn – When Love Is Found (vs. 2-5) UMH 643

2. When love has flowered in trust and care, build both each day, that love may dare to reach beyond home’s warmth and light, to serve and strive for truth and right.

3. When love is tried as loved ones change, hold still to hope though all seems strange, till ease returns, and love grows wise through listening ears and opened eyes.

4. When love is torn and trust betrayed, pray strength to love till torments fade, till lovers keep no score of wrong, but hear through pain love’s Easter song.

5. Praise God for love, praise God for life, in age or youth, in husband, wife. Lift up your hearts, let love be fed through death and life in broken bread.

Canticle of Love (Response 1)   UMH 646

Response: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

L: Let love be genuine and live in harmony;
Hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
Outdo one another in showing honor;
Be humble and never conceited.

ALL: Love is stronger than death
And jealously is cruel as the grave.
Floods cannot drown love
And wealth cannot buy it.

Response: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

L: Put love above all else;
Let Christ’s peace rule your hearts.
Always be forgiving,
As Christ has forgiven you.

ALL: Love is not jealous or boastful,
Arrogant, rude, or stubborn,
Irritable, resentful, or possessive.
Love is patient and kind.

Response: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

L: Do not love in word or speech only;
Love also in deed and truth.
Receive each other in sincerity,
Find mercy and grow old together.

ALL: Love rejoices in the right;
It bears, believes, hopes,
And endures all things,
For love is faithful and endless.

Response: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

L: When the Lord builds the house,
The labor is never in vain.

ALL: Happy are those who take refuge in God;
Those who serve the Lord are redeemed.

Response: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Sermon – “Love Gives Meaning to Life” Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Welcome, Dear Redeemer (Franck, arr. Dash)

1. Welcome, dear Redeemer,
Welcome to this heart of mine;
Lord, I make a full surrender;
Every power and thought be Thine.
Thine entirely, through eternal ages Thine.
2. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving spirit
Into every troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us find Thy promised rest.
Amen.

* 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)

Gracious and loving God, receive our gifts of self and substance. They have belonged to you since our very beginning. We give them freely, joyfully, prayerfully. With them we praise you. With them we celebrate the great power that is love —

a love that abides always,
a love that radically transforms,
a love that makes us whole. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving UMH 9

L: The Lord be with you.

ALL:  And with thy spirit.

L: Lift up your hearts.

ALL:  We lift them up unto the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks unto the Lord.

ALL:  It is meet and right so to do.

L: It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty

L:     That we should at all times and in all places

L:     Give thanks unto thee, O Lord,

L:     Holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

Here the pastor may add a preface proper to the season. Then the pastor continues:

L: Therefore with angels and archangels,

L:     And with all the company of heaven,

L:     We laud and magnify thy glorious name,

L:     Evermore praising thee and saying (singing):

ALL:  Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts:

ALL:  Heaven and earth are full of thy glory!

ALL:  Glory be to thee, O Lord most high!

ALL:  Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!

ALL:  Hosanna in the highest!

Invitation

Sharing the Bread & Cup

Prayer after Receiving (All)

God of Steadfast Love, call us into living fully into Your commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Call us into living fully into Your way of life by seeking out in care and compassion those who are hurting, those who are struggling, and those who are suffering.. For You so loved the world that You sent us Your Son, Jesus the Christ, so that we might have life in him. Amen.

* Closing Hymn – The Gift of Love UMH 408

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

* Benediction

God touches our mouths,
so we may go to share the good news.
Jesus touches our hands,
so we may serve all in need of life and hope.
The Spirit touches our hearts,
so we may be a haven for those who are longing for acceptance & love.

* Choral Response God Be with You Till We Meet Again (V. Williams)

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 in F (Crabbe)

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