Sunday, February 20, 2022

Jean-Charles Tardieu, Joseph Recognized by His Brothers, 1788


February 20, 2022

Seventh Sunday

of Epiphany

10:15 A.M.


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                             John Strawbridge


Choral Introit “Come, Let Us Gather” (Trad, arr. BSM)

Come, let us gather now to sing

Praises and thanks to God, our King.

God’s love surpasses everything.


Call to Worship

O God, because of the faithful witness of your people down through the generations, the story of your gracious love and its sovereign power has been given to us.

O Lord of grace and life and hope, help us to make the next step on our journey.

Yet, if we journeyed alone under our own strength, certainly the wilderness would swallow us.  We would choose our way instead of being led by God to the way of life.

But we are not alone.  For Jesus, the sovereign of all life, has promised that where two or more gather in his name, there he will be in their midst.


Opening Hymn “My Hope Is Built” (UMH 368) Verses 1,2,& 4

1. My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.


2. When darkness veils his lovely face,

I rest on his unchanging grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil.



4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in him be found,

dressed in his righteousness alone,

faultless to stand before the throne!



Old Testament Lesson  Genesis 45: 1-15

Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “send everyone away from me.”  So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

(2)And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. (3) Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph.  Is my father still alive?”  But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. (4) Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.”  And they came closer.  He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. (5) And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. (6) For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. (7) God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.  (8) So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. (9) Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, “Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to  me, do not delay.  (10) You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. (11) I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have will not come to poverty. (12) And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks  to you.  (13) You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen here.” (14) Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. (15) And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

The Word of God…..Thanks Be To God


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  Luke 6:27-38

(27) “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (28) bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (29) If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. (30) Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. (31) Do to others as you would have them do to you.

(32) “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. (33) If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same. (34) If you lend to those to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. (35) But love your enemies, do good and lend, expecting nothing in return.  Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. (36) Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (37) “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven; (38) give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

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


Sermon  “Whose Children?”             Rev. Dr. Emora Brannan


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory  “God of Grace and God of Glory” (Purifoy)

God of grace and God of glory,

On Your people pour your power.

Crown your ancient church’s story,

Bring her bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the facing of this hour.


Lo! the hosts of evil round us

Scorn you Christ, assail His ways:

Fears and doubts too long have bound us,

Free our hearts to work and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the living of these days.


Set our feet on lofty places,

Gird our lives that they may be

Armored with all Christ-like graces

in the fight to set men free.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the facing of this hour. (Words by Harry Emerson Fosdick)


Offering Prayer (All)

All that we have, we have from you, Creator and preserver of all; accept our gifts, and help us to make the whole of life an offering and every thought a prayer.  We would seal this our worship in renewed consecration of ourselves and our coming days to your service; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Closing Hymn  “Go Forth for God”    (UMH 670)

1. Go forth for God, go to the world in peace,

Be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,

In God’s good Spirit daily to increase,

Till in the kingdom we see face to face,

Go forth for God, go to the world in peace.


2. Go forth for God, go to the world in love;

strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak;

Help the afflicted; richly from above

God’s love supplies the grace and power  we seek,

Go forth for God, go to the world in love.


3. Go forth for God, go to the world in strength;

Hold fast the good, be urgent for the right;

Render to no one evil; Christ at length

Shall overcome all darkness with his light.

Go forth for God, go to the world in strength.


4. Go forth for God, go to the world in joy,

To serve God’s people every day and hour,

And serving Christ, our every gift employ,

Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power.

Go forth for God, go to the world in joy.


Benediction by the Minister


Choral Benediction “May the Grace of Christ, Our Savior” (Stainer)

May the grace of Christ, our Savior

With the Holy Spirit’s favor,

Rest upon us from above. Amen


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude





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