A Service of Worship for the Lord’s Day

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

January 29, 2023 11:00 a.m.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good.” Micah 6:8


Piano Prelude Rev. Lesley Bush  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” arranged by Mark Hayes

†Welcome and Greeting                                                                                                                                                                         Rev. Bill Kirk

We gather today in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.  May His peace be with you all.

And also with you.

(Please take a moment to greet one another as the people of God)

Announcements and Opportunities for Ministry

(Please sign the Friendship Register found in your pew)

Introit - Hymn 408 Congregation  “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit” by Doris Akers

†Call to Worship (Adapted from Psalm 15)

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart.

†Opening Prayer

†Hymn 739 “O for a Closer Walk with God” Tune: CAITHNESS

†Call to Confession (adapted from Matthew 6:14)

Lord, you have told us if we forgive those who sin against us, you will forgive us; but, if we do not forgive others of their sins, you will not forgive us. Help us search our hearts and minds and clear our consciences and bring ourselves to the light of your mercy.

†Silent Prayer

†Prayer of Confession

†Assurance of Pardon

†Gloria Patri 581 “Glory Be to the Father” Tune: GLORIA PATRI

Congregational Solo - Hymn 172 Rev. Bush & Congregation  “Blest Are They” by David Haas

(The congregation will only sing the refrain following each verse.)

Children’s Sermon                                                                                                                                                                       Sarah Kirk

(We invite All God’s Children from birth through 2nd grade to join us downstairs following the children’s sermon)

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Lessons Fred Bayley, Scripture Reader

Old Testament Psalm 15 Pew Bible OT p. 458

Gospel lessons Matthew 5:1-12 Pew Bible NT p. 3

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Sermon “You Are Blessed”                                                                                                                                                             Rev. Bill Kirk

†Hymn 630 “Fairest Lord Jesus” Tune: CRUSADERS’ HYMN

†Affirmation of Faith 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.

Joys and Concerns of the Church

Prayers of the People Bulletin page 6

Offering of Our Tithes and Gifts

†Doxology (Hymn 606)

†Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily

bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

†Hymn 643 “Now Thank We All Our God” Tune: NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT


†Organ Postlude Rev. Bush  “Rejoice, The Lord is King” arranged by Jason D. Payne