January 16 Worship Bulletin

January 16 Worship Bulletin

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Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “I Will Serve Thee” – Arr. by Robert Hughes

*Call to Worship

  • L: We are a community of faith that has been created by the love of God.
  • P: We are the people who have been set free by the forgiveness given to us in Jesus Christ, and are therefore a people called to reach out to the wanderers and seekers in our midst, people whose lives cry out for the warm embrace of fellowship.
  • L: We have come not to exalt our own goodness, but to praise the holiness of God.
  • P: We have come not to boast of what we have done, but to proclaim the redeeming work of Jesus Christ by extending the hand of community to refugees, displaced persons, and those relegated to the outside edges of society.
  • L: With all our being, let us praise God and tell of God’s goodness in our acts of kindness and love toward the “least” among us in our times.

*Hymn – “O God of Every Nation” – UMH#435

  1. O God of every nation, of every race and land,
    redeem your whole creation with your almighty hand;
    where hate and fear divide us, and bitter threats are hurled,
    in love and mercy guide us, and heal our strife-torn world.
  2. From search for wealth and power and scorn of truth and right,
    from trust in bombs that shower destruction through the night,
    from pride of race and station and blindness to your way,
    deliver every nation, eternal God, we pray.
  3. Lord, strengthen all who labor that all may find release
    from fear of rattling saber, from dread of war’s increase;
    when hope and courage falter, Lord, let your voice be heard;
    with faith that none can alter, your servants undergird.
  4. Keep bright in us the vision of days when war shall cease,
    when hatred and division give way to love and peace,
    till dawns the morning glorious when truth and justice reign,
    and Christ shall rule victorious o’er all the world’s domain.

Time with the Children

Anthem – “We Are Called” – By Mark HayesTom Norager, Steve & Cathy Grattan

Scripture Reading – Acts 6: 1-7

1About that time, while the number of disciples continued to increase, a complaint arose. Greek-speaking disciples accused the Aramaic-speaking disciples because their widows were being overlooked in the daily food service. 2The Twelve called a meeting of all the disciples and said, “It isn’t right for us to set aside proclamation of God’s word in order to serve tables. 3Brothers and sisters, carefully choose seven well- respected men from among you. They must be well-respected and endowed by the Spirit with exceptional wisdom. We will put them in charge of this concern. 4As for us, we will devote ourselves to prayer and the service of proclaiming the word.” 5This proposal pleased the entire community. They selected Stephen, a man endowed by the Holy Spirit with exceptional faith, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6The community presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7God’s word continued to grow. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased significantly. Even a large group of priests embraced the faith.

John 13:1-17

1Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully.

2Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. 4So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. 6When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but you will understand later.”

8“No!” Peter said. “You will never wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t have a place with me.”

9Simon Peter said, “Lord, not only my feet but also my hands and my head!”

10Jesus responded, “Those who have bathed need only to have their feet washed, because they are completely clean. You disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” 11He knew who would betray him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you is clean.”

12After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? 13You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am. 14If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. 15I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do. 16I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them. 17Since you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.

  • L: The word of God; the word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God.

Message – “A Deacon’s Heart: Connecting Church and World”

*Hymn – “Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service” – UMH #581

  1. Lord whose love in humble service bore the weight of human need,
    Who upon the cross, forsaken, offered mercy’s perfect deed:
    We, your servants, bring the worship not of voice alone, but heart,
    Consecrating to Your purpose every gift that You impart.
  2. Still Your children wander homeless; still the hungry cry for bread;
    Still the captives long for freedom; still in grief we mourn our dead.
    As, O Lord, your deep compassion healed the sick and freed the soul,
    use the love your Spirit kindles till to save and make us whole.
  3. As we worship grant us vision, till Your love’s revealing light
    In its height and depth and greatness dawns upon our quickened sight,
    Making known the needs and burdens Your compassion bids us bear,
    Stirring us to tireless striving Your abundant life to share.
  4. Called by worship to your service, forth in your dear name we go
    to the child, the youth, the aged, love in living deeds to show;
    hope and health, good will and comfort, counsel, aid, and peace we give,
    that your servants, Lord, in freedom may your mercy know and live.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Invitation to Give and Prayer of Dedication

Offertory – “Who Will Teach the Children?”

*Closing Hymn – “Whom Shall I Send” – UMH #582

  1. Whom shall I send? our Maker cries; and many, when they hear God’s voice,
    are sure where their vocation lies; but many shrink from such a choice.
  2. For who can serve a God so pure, or claim to speak in such a name,
    while doubt makes every step unsure, and self confuses every aim?
  3. And yet, believing God who calls knows what we are and still may be,
    our past defeats, our future falls, we dare to answer: Lord, send me!
  4. Those who are called God purifies, and daily gives us strength to bend
    our thoughts, our skills, our energies, and life itself to this one end.

*Benediction

*Postlude

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Lee Vander Esch
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart

Lyrics to Special Music

We Are Called
Come, live in the light! Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord! We are called to be light for the kingdom, to live in the freedom of the city of God. We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another, and to walk humbly with God. Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear! We are called to be hope for the hopeless, so hatred and violence will be no more. We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God. Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one! God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love. We are called to act with justice; we are called to
love tenderly; we are called to serve one another, and to walk humbly with God. We’ll walk humbly with God. We’ll walk humbly with God. We’ll walk humbly with, humbly with God.

Who Will Teach the Children?
Who will teach the children, shape their hearts and minds? Who will guide their feet along the way? Who will teach the children, guard their souls from sin? Commit them to the Father when you pray. Love the Lord with all your soul and strength; love the Lord with all your heart. Love your neighbor as you love yourself; from these commands do not depart. Will you teach the children, shape their hearts and minds? Will you guide their feet along the way? Will you teach the children, guard their souls from sin? Commit them to the Father when you pray. Let the morning bring word of Your love, for I have placed my trust in You. Teach me Your will, Lord, for You are my God; may Your spirit guide my heart to truth. We will teach the children, shape their hearts and minds. We will guide their feet along the way. We will teach the children, guard their souls from sin, commit them to the Father when we pray, commit them to the Father when we pray.