A Service of Worship for the Lord’s Day

January 23rd, 2022

 

Prelude                                                                                                   Dr. Stewart Powell

*Welcome and Greeting

Leader: We gather today, in our church and in our homes, in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ. May His Peace be with you all.

People: And also with you.

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

Announcements and Opportunities for Service

Opening Prayer

*Call to Worship (Adapted from Psalm 36)

Leader: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

All: How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

*Call to Confession (adapted from Isaiah 55.6-7)

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Let us seek God’s pardon together.

*Silent Prayer

*Prayer of Confession

We confess, O Lord, that there is much we do not understand about you and this world that you have created. So often we struggle with sin and the consequences of our foolish behavior. Please forgive us! Grant us the strength to follow the path of Christ, to rejoice in our glimpse of God’s glory, and to open ourselves to the leading of your Holy Spirit. All this we pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon

*Gloria Patri (Hymn 581)

Special Music

Children’s Sermon

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture

New Testament lesson John 2.1-11 NT 80-81

Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Just a Glimpse of His Glory”                                                         Dr. Don Scofield

*Hymn 41 “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!”

*Affirmation of Faith A Brief Statement of Faith—Part II (1983)

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.

But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.

We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth.

Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage.

Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Joys and Concerns of the Church

Prayers of the People

*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 65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

*Benediction

Postlude                                                                                             Dr. Stewart Powell