February 3 Bulletin

Van Wyck Presbyterian Church

February 3, 2013

 

PRELUDE                                                                    Janesta Williams, Organist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH                     David Cook, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

 CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:               Today, the words of God come to us, in love,
People:               inviting us to not be afraid, but to place our faith in God.
Leader:               Today, the word of God comes to us, in faith,
People:               inviting us to trust in the One who knows us,to place our hope in the One who saves us.
Leader:               Today, the Word of God comes to us, in hope,
People:               inviting us to be gracious in our love and in our service to others.

*HYMN No. 361                                                              How Firm a Foundation

*CALL TO CONFESSION

Leader:               We hide them deep in the closets of our hearts, but God knows our

secret failings. We sit in the shadows of our lives, but God sees the

possibility we can become. We mumble our words, but God bends

down to listen, and whisper grace and hope to us.

Let us confess our sins to the One who loves us, as we pray together,

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)

              God of incredible patience, we must confess that our love is not

               always what we might hope it would be. We focus so much on

               ourselves, the needs of others pale in significance. Too often, we

               find ourselves rejoicing in the miseries of others, believing they

               must have done something to deserve what comes their way. We

               continually push our families and friends away from us, simply by

               insisting that everything be done our way.

               Faithful Deliverer of our foolish lives, forgive us and have mercy

               on us. As you rescue us from ourselves, may we become your

               people. As you touch us with faith, may we be witnesses to the

               world of your dreams. As you pour out hope upon us, may we be

               your compassion to those who hurt. As you drench us with your

               love which comes to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, may

               we be made whole. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON

               Lord, have mercy upon us.                                                         

               Christ, have mercy upon us.                                                         

                Lord, have mercy upon us.  Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader:               God’s love never ends! With this good news, we know we are

forgiven; with this blessing, we know that we are healed.
People:   Now, we can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things,

                endure all things. Thanks be to God! Amen.

Lectionary Liturgies, 4th Sunday after Epiphany, C)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN                                       Claudia Thompson

A nursery is provided following the Children’s Time for children in Kindergarten and younger.  We encourage children in 1st grade and older to remain and participate in our worship service.

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 363                                                     I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

   (Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

SCRIPTURE         Isaiah 43:1-7       Old Testament Page 672 in pew Bible

SERMON          I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME             Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

*DECLARATION OF FAITH

We acknowledge one God alone, whose demands on us are absolute, whose help for us is sufficient.  That One is the Lord,  whom we worship, serve, and love.    We do not fully comprehend who God is or how he works. God’s reality far exceeds all our words can say.  The Lord’s requirements are not always what we think is best.  The Lord’s care for us is not always what we want.    God comes to us on his own terms.    Jesus’ involvement in the human condition is God’s involvement.  His compassion for all kinds of people is God’s compassion.  The demand for justice, truth, and faithfulness is God’s demand.   His willingness to suffer rejection is God’s willingness. Jesus’ love for the very people who reject him is God’s love.  Jesus is Lord!  He has been Lord from the beginning. He will be Lord at the end.
Even now he is Lord. Amen.

  Declaration of Faith, PCUS, Chapter 1 (1-3)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY NO. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN OF RESPONSE No. 426              Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak

* BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

*Please stand.

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Announcements

Wednesday, Feb. 6     6:00 pm     Choir meets to be measured for robes

7:00 pm     Choir Practice

Sunday, Feb. 10     4:00 pm     Stewardship Meeting

5:30 pm     Valentines Party.  Reservations requested

Monday, Feb. 11     Session Meeting with Dr. Mark Verdery, General Presbyter

Tuesday, Feb. 19     7:00 pm     Presbyterian Women meet in Fellowship Hall.  Toug is hostess, Lesson by Julie

Thursday, Mar. 21 10:00 am     Presbytery Meeting at Oakland Ave. Church

Friday, March 29     7:00 pm    Good Friday Service in Sanctuary

Sunday, March 31     9:30 am     Easter Breakfast     No Sunday School

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