Sunday, January 30, 2022

January 30, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

10:15 A.M.

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                                                            John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Almighty Father, Hear Our Prayer” (Mendelssohn)

Almighty Father, hear our prayer, and bless all souls that wait before Thee. Amen.

 

Call to Worship

L: With powerful words and dramatic gestures, with a quiet conversation and a gentle touch,

P: We respond to God’s call to offer healing and hope to our world.

L: With courage to face the injustices around us, with the willingness to go into the brokenness,

P: We fulfill the call of Jesus to engage in faithful obedience.

L: With the patience of a teacher of six-year-olds,

with the gentleness of a nurse helping a patient,

P: We become the Spirit’s refuge for all who live in worry and fear.

 

Opening Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Vs. 384 Vs.1, 2 & 3

1. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heav’n, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling, all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art.

Visit us with thy salvation; enter ev’ry trembling heart.

2. Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit into ev’ry troubled breast.

Let us all in thee inherit, let us find the promised rest.

Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be.

End of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

3. Come, Almighty, to deliver, let us all thy life receive.

Suddenly return, and never, nevermore they temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing, serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.

 

Poem based on the Epistle Lesson I Corinthians 13:1-13 by Dave Hopwood

This poem develops the familiar ideas from 1 Cor 13. It touches on some of the more difficult aspects of love. It then turns towards the source and high point of love – Christ’s death on the cross.

Love is patient and kind.

It is not jealous or conceited or proud.

Love is difficult,

often calling to us when we are busy.

 

Love is in the small things.

It can feel insignificant, too small to count.

Love rarely makes headlines

yet it can change someone’s world.

 

Love goes against the flow,

cuts against the grain, points to the narrow road.

Love can feel like trudging up hill,

battling against the wind, walking a lonely path.

 

But God is love.

And God has walked these ways before us.

Love is pinned on a skyline,

nailed to a darkened, belittled cross…

 

Love changes the world.

One heartbeat, one sacrifice at a time.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response        “Cares Chorus”    TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And any time I don’t know just what to do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Gospel Lesson  Gospel Lesson Luke 4: 21-30 The Message

21 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”

22 All who were there, watching and listening, were surprised at how well he spoke. But they also said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son, the one we’ve known since he was just a kid?”

23-27 He answered, “I suppose you’re going to quote the proverb, ‘Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.’ Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.”

28-30 That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Sermon    “Rubbing People the Wrong Way”     Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “Welcome, Dear Redeemer” (Franck)

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.

 

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving spirit

Into every troubled breast;

Let us all in Thee inherit,

Let us find Thy promised rest.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Awesome God, you sent Jesus to teach people firsthand the power of your love, grace, and authority. Jesus performed countless miracles so that even the faithless would experience your love. You call us to be mindful and vigilant of the extraordinary miracles that you continue to work in our lives today. May this offering undergird ministries that show others your miraculous love, grace, and authority. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “Grace Alone” TFWS 2162

1.Every promise we can make Every prayer and step of faith

Every difference we can make Is only by His grace.

Every mountain we will climb Every ray of hope we shine

Every blessing left behind Is only by His grace

Refrain: Grace alone Which God supplies

Strength unknown He will provide

Christ in us, our cornerstone

We will go forth in grace alone.

 

2.Every soul we long to reach Every heart we hope to teach

Everywhere we share His peace Is only by His grace.

Every loving word we say Every tear we wipe away

Every sorrow turned to praise Is only by His grace   Refrain

 

Benediction

L: God touches our mouths,

P: So we may go to share the good news.

L: Jesus touches our hands,

P: So we may serve all in need of life and hope.

L: The Spirit touches our hearts,

P: So we may be a haven for those who are longing for acceptance and love.

 

Choral Benediction    “Lord Be With You Till We Meet Again” (Vaughan Williams)

God be with you till we meet again;

By His counsels guide, uphold you,

With His sheep securely fold you;

God be with you till we meet again.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

 

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