Sunday, February 2, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

PreludeRicercar (Tomkins)

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitO Come, Let Us Sing Unto The Lord (Donald Moore)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord,
To Him our voices raise.
O come, with joyful voices praise. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: When we seek justice for the other, when we love kindness more than ever,
P: we live as God asks us to live.
L: When we walk humbly through life, when we offer mercy to those who hurt us,
P: we are the blessing God hopes we will be.
L: When we are willing to look foolish by following Jesus, when we choose weakness rather than power,
P: we reflect the One who is in our midst. Amen.

* Opening HymnHoly, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty UMH 64

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, through the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

As we gather together in this sacred place may we recognize and affirm: the pieces of possibility, the bits of good we bring, allowing our individual gifts to weave a patchwork of peace. So let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moments

AnthemStand By Me (Carolyn Hamlin)

Storms appear, shadows come over me,
Depths of despair would claim each new day.
There, in the darkness when I’m tempted to lose my way,
I have a pilot Who knows the sea.
I call His name in each troubling hour;
Promise is mine of His saving power.
He gives the peace that calms my soul;
Safe is the harboring when I on Him call.

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
Thou, Creator of the Heavens, and Ruler of the seas,
In the eye of the tempest, stand by me.

Trials come and trials go: the only refuge I can know
Is in His ever-loving care;
The sovereign Master hears my prayer.

Stand by me, oh, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
When the storms of life surround
And their wrath would bring me down,
Thou, Who rulest wind and water,
Thou, Who knowest all about me, stand by me.

Old Testament Lesson – Micah 6:1-8   Jackie Noller, Liturgist

Hear what the Lord says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the Lord has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Call to Confession Jackie Noller, Liturgist

If we want to truly live in God’s presence, we must live as God’s faithful people. Let us begin by confessing all the mistakes we have made, the wrongs we have done, the people we have hurt.

Prayer of Confession (Unison) Jackie Noller, Liturgist

What have we done to you, dear God? We dishonor you every time we treat another with disrespect. We shatter your heart when we find it easier to break our word, then to take the risk to keep it. We fill your ears with the gossip, lies, and slander we speak about those around us.

You are wise enough to forgive our foolishness; you are strong enough to overcome our weakness; you are loving enough to heal the hurt we cause to you and to others. And so you give us new hope and new life in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon Jackie Noller, Liturgist

L: What has God done to us – shown mercy! What has God done for us – forgiven us! This is the good news for us.
P: We will not boast, for it is not our doing. We will give thanks to God for such grace & hope. Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationThe Servant Song TFWS 2222

* Gospel Lesson – Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sermon – “The Beatitudes: A Model for Living”    Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryWhat Does The Lord Require (Erik Routley)

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
What sacrifice of praise or tribute bid you bring?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice know?
Will God your pleading hear while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Masters of wealth and trade, all you for whom men toil,
Think not to win God’s aid if lies your commerce soiled.
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

All who gain wealth by trade, for whom the worker tolls,
Think not to win God’s aid, if greed your commerce soils.
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* 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, you bless us in so many areas of our lives — in places we often fail to recognize as blessing. Help us have eyes to see and hearts to understand the depth of your love and blessing. Today, we give out of that blessedness, dedicating ourselves to lives of justice and love, giving all that we are and all that we have to bring about your beloved community, here and now. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

The Great Thanksgiving


Receiving Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving (Unison)

God our deliverer, you walk with the meek and the poor, the compassionate and those who mourn, and you call us to walk humbly with you. When we are foolish, be our wisdom; when we are weak, be our strength; that, as we learn to do justice and to love mercy, your rule may come as blessing. Amen.

* Closing HymnBlest Are They TFWS 2155

* Benediction

L: Go forth people of God, to be a blessing
To the world, in Christ’s service.
P: We will put no obstacle in anyone’s way,
So no fault may be found with our ministry.
L: Let your love be genuine, your speech truthful,
Your relationship with others patient and kind.
P: We seek to be authentic witnesses
To God’s love in Christ Jesus.
L: You may face hardships, humiliation, and sorrow;
Others may not understand your commitment.
P: We will rejoice, even in times of difficulty:
God, in Christ, gives us all we need.
L: God, empowers you to walk in faith and humility,
To give generously and unselfishly.

* Choral ResponseMay the Grace of Christ Our Savior (John Stainer)

May the grace of Christ our Savior
And the Father’s endless love
With the holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon us from above. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

Postlude Allegro Fiero (Thomson)

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