Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Lord’s Baptism

PreludeAin luve, ain herte (Trad. Scottish)

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitMay the Words of Our Mouths (Donald Moore)

May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: Let us journey to the Jordan River,
P: the crossing place of the people of Israel when they came into the promised land.
L: Let us journey to the Jordan River,
P: and stand with the crowds who confess their sins, and are baptized by John.
L: Let us journey to the Jordan River,
P: and watch with awe as Jesus comes to be baptized.
L: Let us journey to the Jordan River,
P: and realize our responsibility as members of the “Community of the Baptized.”

* Opening HymnIn the Midst of New Dimensions TFWS 2238

In the midst of new dimensions,
in the face of changing ways.
Who will lead the pilgrim peoples
wandering in their separate ways?

Refrain:
God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar,
We your people, ours the journey now and ever,
now and ever, now and ever more.

Through the flood of starving people,
warring factions and despair,
Who will lift the olive branches?
Who will light the flame of care? Refrain

As we stand a world divided
by our own self seeking schemes,
Grant that we, your global village
might envision wider dreams Refrain

We are man and we are woman,
all persuasions, old and young,
Each a gift in your creation,
each a love song to be sung. Refrain

Should the threats of dire predictions
cause us to withdraw in pain,
May your blazing phoenix spirit,
resurrect the church again. Refrain

Invocation

Holy God, Eternal Spirit, we thank you for baptizing us into one body in Jesus the Christ. Wash over us with your Spirit, that, like Jesus, we may serve you in serving humanity. Baptize us with the fire of your truth, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moments

AnthemThe Birds (Benjamin Britten)   Elise Volkmann, Soprano

When Jesus Christ was four years old,
The angels brought Him toys of gold,
Which no man ever had bought or sold.

And yet with these He would not play.
He made Him small fowl out of clay,
And blessed them till they flew away.
Tu creasti, Domine.

Jesus Christ, Thou child so wise,
Bless mine hands and fill mine eyes,
And bring my soul to Paradise.

Old Testament Lesson – Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7   Duncan Hodge, Liturgist
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,
I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
I have given you as a covenant to the people,
a light to the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Prayer of Confession Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

L: We acknowledge with gratitude, O God, that one of the major marks of Jesus’ ministry was his servanthood. Empowered with your Spirit at his baptism, he surely fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah as he radiated your glory through his acts of love and justice and mercy. In baptism our lives are graced with the Holy Spirit to empower our ministry and mission as servants. Therefore, one of the major marks of our witness is servanthood. We confess that there are times when we fail to serve others in Jesus’ name…..
P: Merciful God, forgive our capacity to forget that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve, and our reluctance to respond as he did, even when we do remember.
L: Jesus did not use his power to dominate others but to perform acts of humble and caring service in ways which enabled people to experience the nearness of God’s kingdom. We confess that there are times when we use our power to dominate – even in the smallest way – so that our identity as God’s beloved becomes difficult to recognize.
P: Merciful God, forgive us when our lust for power overwhelms your lasting power. Remind us that your love is made most evident through gentle and persistent acts of justice & mercy.
L: Jesus’ love for others was like a light which pierced the darkness and despair which clouded people’s lives, to bring hope and the promise of a new and transformed future. We confess that there are times when we fail to lighten people’s darkness or to ease their burden of despair and hopelessness.
P: Merciful God, forgive our reluctance to get involved in other people’s pain and problems; our doubts that we really can make a difference.
L: Strengthen us with your Spirit to discern the hopelessness and despair which imprison people, and empower us to respond with sensitivity and determination to their needs, both here in our local community and further afield. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

L: Hear the good news: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power…” and … “everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10: 38a, 43b)
P: Thanks be to God!

* Hymn of PreparationI Am Thine, O Lord UMH 419

1. I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice, and it told thy love to me; but I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to thee. Draw me nearer, (nearer, nearer) nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious, bleeding side.

2. Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine; let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in thine. Draw me nearer, (nearer, nearer) nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious, bleeding side.

3. O the pure delight of a single hour that before thy throne I spend, when I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend! Draw me nearer, (nearer, nearer) nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious, bleeding side.

4. There are depths of love that I cannot know till I cross the narrow sea; there are heights of joy that I may not reach till I rest in peace with thee. Draw me nearer, (nearer, nearer) nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious, bleeding side.

* Gospel Lesson – Matthew 3:13-17
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Sermon – “All Grown Up”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryAt the River (Copland)

Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angels’ feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God. (continued)

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Yes we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river,
That flows by the throne of 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 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 (Carolyn Winfrey Gillette “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”)

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

Go forth joyfully. God is with you.
Bring peace and hope to all you meet.
And may God’s eternal love shine through you always. AMEN.

* Choral ResponseLord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (Sicilian Mariners)

Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing;
Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, Your love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
O, refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

PostludeAllegro Fiero (Davis)

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