Tower Weekly

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Tower Weekly
January 14, 2024

Sunday, January 14, 2024

JANUARY 14, 2024, YEAR B

11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit “Praise the Lord, for He is Good” “Arfon,” arr. Davies

Praise the Lord, for He is good,

For His mercies evermore from eternity have stood,

To eternity endure.

Let His ransomed people raise

Songs of their Redeemer’s praise.

† Call to Worship

Gathered in this sacred space, we unite to honor the Divine,

who loved us before our first breath,

who comprehends us more than we understand ourselves,

whose presence steadfastly surrounds us, and whose love for us endures endlessly.

This is our God.

Let us join in worship together!

† Opening Hymn “I Am Thine, O Lord” UMH 419 (1-2; 4)

Old Testament Lesson Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 NRSV

O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them — they are more than the sand; I come to the end — I am still with you.

The word of God, for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Call to Confession

In humble submission, let us each, in the quiet chambers of our being, willingly confront our truths and vulnerabilities:

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, we confess that we do not always love our neighbor. We confess that we have despised others, even to the point of hatred. We confess that we have been hurt by others. We confess that forgiveness and reconciliation at times are just impossible for us. We know that nothing is impossible in You. We come to You, seeking healing and wholeness for us. Help us, whenever possible, to live in peace with others, to seek reconciliation and healing and forgiveness. For Your Son came and lived among us, was betrayed and denied, abused and put to death. He rose again and came with the message of peace to those who had denied him and abandoned him. May we walk in his ways. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

For nothing is impossible with God. There is no place we can go, no end of the earth we can run, where God cannot find us. There is nothing on earth or beyond death that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are reconciled to God. Go and live with the love of God.

Praise be to God whose limitless power knows no bounds! The Lord’s presence spans every inch, guiding us wherever we roam. In life or beyond, God’s love envelops us, unbreakable in Christ Jesus. Forgiveness abounds. Love embraces us. Reunited with Christ, empowered by His love, we go forth to live abundantly in His grace. Amen.

Passing of the Peace

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response “Cares Chorus”

I cast all my cares upon You.

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.

And anytime that I don’t know what to do.
I will cast all my cares upon You.

† Gospel Lesson John 1:43-51 NRSV

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

The Gospel of our Lord. Praise be to you, O Christ.

Sermon “Come and See” Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

Invitation to Offering

Offertory “I’m So Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” Robert Nathaniel Dett (pioneer African-Canadian composer)

I’m so glad trouble don’t last alway;

O my Lord, what shall I do?

Make more room, Lord, in my heart for Thee;

O my Lord, what shall I do?

I’m so glad trouble don’t last alway;

O my Lord, what shall I do?

Offering Prayer

Generous Creator, we offer more than material gifts in our giving today. We present our aspirations for a world seeking healing and kindness. Bless these offerings beyond their form, amplifying our commitment to spreading hope, love, and light where needed. May they spark change and uplift lives. With gratitude and hope, we entrust these gifts to your guiding grace. Amen.

† Closing Hymn “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought” UMH 128 (1; 3-4)

† Benediction

Now to the One who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

† Choral Benediction “Grant Us Thy Peace” Edward Hopkins

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life;

Peace to Thy church from error and from strife;

Peace to our land, the fruit of truth and love;

Peace in each heart, Thy Spirit from above.

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

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