Worship for January 16, 2022; the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING         

* Stand if willing and able

 Gathering Music: Hymn #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Frosted Windowpanes” by Martha Mier         

* Call to Worship 

How precious is the steadfast love of God.

All people may take refuge in the shadow of God’s embrace

Christ is the fountain of life

In Christ we behold the Light of God.

Let us pray together:

* Morning Prayer

Enlivening God, each morning we are awakened by your goodness nudging the earth to life. We are filled with wonder. Your steadfast love extends to the sky, your constancy reaches deep into the earth, and your Spirit Wind is ever moving across the face of Creation’s deeps.  How precious is your steadfast love!  It shines like the dawn afire and dews our desolations. Manifest in us the gifts of your Spirit that we may rejoice in you as we delight in serving your world this day. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise #292 “As the Wind Song”

* Invitation to Healing

In the light of Christ, we see the darkness of our world and sense the tarnish on our hearts.  Trusting in God’s love, let us pray our way into your shining.

 * Prayer of Wholeness

Almighty God, we admit that we are led astray by the idols of our world. We have depended on our possessions and have not placed our trust in your grace. We have carelessly consumed the gifts of the earth and failed to be faithful stewards of earth’s resources. We have sought security in the might of the sword rather than the strength of your Holy Spirit. Forgive us, we pray. Lead us to true repentance that we may serve you faithfully and joyfully.  Through Christ we pray, Amen.

                                                         Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”  

* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another; the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those worshiping with you.

* Sung Response Hymn #583 “Glory to God” 2x

Celebrating Joys & Where We Have Seen God at Work

Sung Response Hymn #654 “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Gracious God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, quicken our understanding that we may receive the testimony of Scripture and believe in the signs that reveal your presence. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 36:5-10 p. 687

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Children’s Moment

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 p. 233

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 2:1-11 p. 126

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection:TL 1-16-2022 YC E2 Beatitudes for Today~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 * Hymn of Response #302 “When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace”

* Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law, Hymnal p. 36

Our Lord Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present our Tithes and Offerings

God is a generous giver of gifts that flow like a river from the fountain of life. Bring offerings and tributes with thanks and praise; for the gifts we give are the gifts of God.

Offertory: “Ecossaise“ by Franz Schubert          

* Doxology Hymn #606 (with text below)

Praise, God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ, all creatures here below;

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God whom we adore.  Amen.

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

At the wedding feast at Cana you gladdened the guests with divine generosity, filled to the brim and flowing over. We offer our gifts with grateful hearts; bless them and our lives to your service, that they may reveal your glory, nurture faith, and manifest the common good. We pray all this in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples to pray saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts… debtors…”

SENDING

 * Closing Hymn #761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

* Charge

Let us go forth rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

* Benediction

May the Spirit’s love, flowing like water across the face of the earth, fill you with every gift for the good of the world. May the blessing of God, Eternal Source, Fountain of Life, and the Giver of Gifts, be with you always.  Amen.

* Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal. Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in the Fellowship Hall for refreshments and conversation after worship.

 Questions for Reflection

The Holy Spirit enlivens each of us with unique gifts that nurture faith and serve the common good. To identify those gifts we can ask ourselves such questions as, “When do I feel most alive?” “What do I love to do?” “What things, tasks, or actions fill me with a sense of purpose?” “What am I doing when time seems to stand still?”  These questions help us discern the Spirit’s movement in our lives. Created in the image of God, each of us is uniquely gifted to reveal divine likeness.  When our deep joy is united with meaning and purpose, vocation is birthed. How or where is God calling you?

Household Prayer: Morning

Enlivening God, each morning I am awakened by your goodness nudging the earth to life. I am filled with wonder. Your steadfast love extends to the sky, your constancy reaches deep into the earth, and your Spirit is ever moving across the face of Creation’s deeps.  How precious is your steadfast love! It shines like the dawn, and dews the desolation of my soul. Manifest in me the gifts of your Spirit that I may rejoice in you as I delight in serving your world this day.  Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

As evening falls and darkness shutters the day, do not forsake us, O God. Crown the sky with jewels of light that your truth may burnish the heavens and illumine the earth, and all find refuge in the shadow of your wings. Amen.

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