Bulletin for Jan. 8

Baptism of the Lord

PRELUDE by Feliste Ellis, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: On that first day, when time began:
People: you gave birth to creation; light danced through the darkness; the waters of hope flowed free and clear.
Leader: On that first day at the Jordan, when redemption began:
People: you spoke of life for all your children, as your Child stepped into the waters of forgiveness, dancing in hope with his cousin, John.
Leader: On this first day of the week, when we begin anew:
People: you call us to faithfulness, as we open our hearts to you, your voice claiming us as your own.

*HYMN No. 275 God of Our Life

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: You and I are now the ones who step forth out of the safe waters of baptism, to bring hope, to share a word of grace, to carry healing into the brokenness of the lives around us.
Let us confess how we still struggle to follow in faith wherever Jesus leads us. Join me as we pray, saying, People: Timeless God, you cast Light into sin’s dark places and call us your Beloved. Forgive us: when we still linger in the shadows; when we treat others in hurtful ways; when we speak ill of your friends. As he knelt in the waters of Jordan, you proclaimed Jesus as your Child, pointing to him as the way to you.
Forgive us: when we put ourselves ahead of him; when we think he is no longer needed; when we fail to see him in the broken of our world. Baptized and blessed in your living waters, you would have us be your servants in our time. Forgive us: when we fail to welcome the stranger; when we refuse to forgive as we should; when we believe we are too good to kneel down and tie the shoes of the lost, the least, the last, the little. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Touched by the waters of life, fed at the feast of grace and hope, embraced in the warmth of God’s love and hopes – this is good news for all of us!
People: Blessed by baptism’s tears, called to servanthood by the Beloved, filled with the peace of the Spirit, we are indeed God’s people – redeemed, restored, refreshed to serve. Thanks be to God! Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, Baptism of the Lord-B)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 520 Here, O Our Lord, We See You Face to Face
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE Acts 19:1-7 New Testament page 139 in pew Bible

SERMON
KEEPING RESOLUTIONS by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

* THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PASTORAL PRAYER

*THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE EUCHARIST
Invitation
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lord’s Prayer
Communion of the People
Prayer after Communion

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 511 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

* Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS:
Donations in memory of Al Williams were given by:
James & Priscilla Bowers
John & Shirley Cauthen
Arthur & Sheila Collins
Frances B. Collins
Jan Duke
George & Cecile Flanders
Jeannie H. Langley
Doris H. Miller
D. Lindsay Pettus
Aaron W. (Ronny) Rentz, III
Norman & Carolyn Taylor
Marie Welpe
Bob & Sis Yoder

TREE FUND:
Special Donation given by Claudia Thompson
Special Donation given by Janesta Williams

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to Feliste Ellis for playing the piano for our Worship Service again today.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT AS WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR:
In his sermon last Sunday Randy referred to a book entitled “Top Five Regrets of the Dying” by Bonnie Ware, who worked in palliative care for many years.
The regrets are as follows:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I had not worked so hard (men said this).
3. I wish I had, had the courage to express by feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish I had let myself be happier – doing things that interested me where I could feel creative.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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