Tower Weekly

Lovely Lane

Tower Weekly
January 7, 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2024


11:00 A.M.

† Stand as you are able

Organ Prelude

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Choral Introit “As With Gladness Men of Old” Kocher

As with gladness men of old

Did the guiding star behold;

As with joy, they hailed its light,

Leading onward, beaming bright;

So, most gracious Lord, may we

Evermore be led by Thee.

† Call to Worship

Gathered in worship, we unite to honor our Creator.

May the Spirit of God Almighty embrace us in this moment.

From varied paths and carrying diverse burdens, we assemble.

May the Spirit of God Almighty embrace us in this moment.

Our hearts converge towards you, O God.

May the Spirit of God Almighty embrace us in this moment and weave us into your cherished kinship.

† Opening Hymn “How Great Thou Art” UMH 77 Would you like to do all four verses?

Old Testament Lesson Genesis 1:1-5 NRSV

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

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

Prayer of Commitment

To the Creator known by many names, we surrender ourselves to the ongoing artistry of your Being. Our past is woven with joys, triumphs, failures, and regrets. Our present is a tapestry of struggles, achievements, hopes, and setbacks. Our future is a canvas of fears and freedom, pain and boundless possibility, believing in the Spirit that sustains our existence, believing in the love that steadfastly holds us, believing in the promise of the embodied Word.

The Baptismal Covenant IV UMH 50

Passing of the Peace

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral 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 Mark 1:4-11 NRSV

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

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

Sermon Rev. Levon D. Sutton, Pastor

Invitation to Offering

Offertory “Fairest Jesus” J.S. Bach/ Harlan

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,

O Thou of God and man the Song;

Thee will I cherish,

Thee will I honor;

Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown/

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,

Holy wisdom, Love most bright.

Drawn by Thee our souls aspiring,

Soar to uncreated light.

Word of God our flesh that fashioned

With the fire of life impassioned.

Striving sill to Truth unknown,

Soaring, dying, round Thy throne.

Beautiful Savior,

Lord of all nations,

Blessed Son of God and Son of man!

Glory and honor,

Praise, adoration,

Now and forever more be Thine!

Offering Prayer

God of redemption and renewal, today we center our thoughts on the profound gift bestowed upon us – Jesus, our Savior. Just as he was baptized by John in the Jordan, we, too, partake in that sacred act and embrace the assurance of participating in Jesus’ resurrection. Transitioning from one year to the next, filled with hope for what lies ahead, guide us to live and offer ourselves as individuals who comprehend the immeasurable gift we’ve received each day. Let this awareness inspire us to extend ourselves more wholeheartedly. In the name of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.

Holy Communion UMH 9

Lord’s Prayer

† Closing Hymn “Spirit of the Living God” UMH 393

† Benediction

As we depart, go forth in peace, fostering love and nurturing one another in the spirit of Christ. May the same Spirit that dwelled within John and Jesus now envelop your hearts, souls, and thoughts. May the resilient power that supported them fortify you through each passing day. Let the love that guided every step of their journey illuminate your path, serving as both guiding light and unwavering beacon, now and for all time.

May we be empowered to walk in love, and may our steps be guided by the enduring light of Christ’s compassion and grace. Amen.

† Choral Benediction “Unto God Be Glory Given” Moore

Unto God be glory given;

Lift your voice, forever sing.

Let all people join together;

God Almighty, King of Kings.

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

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