Worship for Sunday February 13, 2022: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

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THE GATHERING         

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #666 “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Lovely” by Bill Bay

* Call to Worship 

When we turn our hearts away from God and toward ourselves, putting trust in our own strength,

We become like a shrub in the desert, living in a parched, salty place.

When we trust in God, when our trust is God, we are like a tree planted by water.

Our roots go deep, we are ever-green; even in a drought we are not anxious, but bear fruit, full and beautiful, gifts of the God who made us.

Let us pray together:

* Morning Prayer

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires, known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, giving you praise through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise #644 “Give Thanks, O Christian People”

* Invitation to Healing

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  But when we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Merciful God, we confess to you and one another that we forget sometimes who we are, and whose we are, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  In your mercy, forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name…  (continue in silent prayer of confession) …

* 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 #591 “Halle, Halle, …Chorus 2x –

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Sung Response: Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Creator God, you created us with free will and freedom of choice.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, speak your Word through the words of scripture, that we may live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.

Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 1 p.

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

Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 p.

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

Children’s Moment

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17-26 p.

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

Message:TL 2-13-2022 YC E6 Sayings~ Pastor Scott

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn of Response #816 “If Thou But Trust In God …”

* Affirmation of Faith: Summary of the Law according to Luke 10:27

Our Lord Jesus said: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, have mercy on us” “Hear our prayers”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to the Offering: Even though we are not currently meeting in our buildings, the church still has monthly expenses to meet. With true generosity of heart, please make checks out in the amount of your normal tithe or offering to: First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650. We thank you for your continued commitment and support of our ministry.

Offertory: “Badinage” by Cornelius Gurlitt

* 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 Dedication

Holy One, we give you thanks for your generosity to us. Bless all gifts we offer, even our very selves; in the name of Jesus, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:  

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

SENDING

* Closing Hymn #767 “Together We Serve”

* Charge:

Hear the word of our Lord, Jesus Christ: When people hate you, exclude you, revile you, defame you, do not dismay, for that is also how they treated the prophets before you!

* Benediction

* 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 across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

One commentator on Luke 6:17–26 writes, “‘Blessed’ (Gk: makarios) does
not simply describe a state of happiness or bliss. Rather, it refers in a theological sense to one’s standing before God (Deut. 33:29; Ps. 1:1; 40:4).” As you reflect on the blessings and woes in Luke’s Gospel and on the use of the word “happy” in Psalm 1:1 and “blessed” in Jeremiah 17:7, how does this meaning of “blessed” or “happy” contrast with contemporary uses of this word, even by some preachers? What is one change you can make in your own life before God that would bring you into closer accord with Jesus’ understanding of blessedness?

Household Prayer: Morning

Gracious God, thank you for the gift of this new day. Guide my steps as I face choices to care for the earth or not,
to show compassion toward others or not, to care for myself or not,
to be true to Christ or not.  May each of my choices draw me closer to you. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Tonight I come home to you in prayer, my God. Thank you for guiding me through this day, even when I was not conscious of it.
Now I give this day back to you, entrusting all that I did and all that I left undone to your compassionate care.
May I rest in peace. Amen.

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