Order of Worship Jan. 24

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GATHERING AND PREPARING TO WORSHIP GOD

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader:  Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed!

 

PRELUDE:                                          “We Fall Down”                                          Chris Tomlin

Acoustic Worship Team

 

Readying Our Hearts (A time of silent prayer and reflection in preparation for worshiping God together.)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP  (selections from Psalm 24)

 

Leader:  The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

People: For God founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

Leader:  Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  Who may stand in His holy place?

People: Those who have clean hands and a pure heart;  those who do not lift up their soul to an idol or swear by what is false. 

Leader:  They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior.

People: Lift up your heads, O you gates;  be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 

Leader:  Who is He, this King of glory?

People: The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle, He is the King of glory.

 

INVOCATION

 

*OPENING SONG:  Hymn #48 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

 

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;

Thy justice like mountains high soaring above

Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;

In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;

We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,

And wither and perish – but naught changeth Thee.

 

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,

Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;

All praise we would render, O help us to see

‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Genesis 1:1-3, 26-27

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. . . .

 

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION  (unison prayer after silent confession)

 

Eternal and Gracious God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts:  Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to You, confessing our faults, confiding in Your grace, and finding in You our refuge and strength;  through Jesus Christ Your Son and our Lord.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

Leader:  Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are assured that there is no sin so terrible that God cannot forgive, and no hurt so deep that God cannot heal, when we repent and come to Jesus in faith.

People: Through faith in Jesus we believe that God accepts us, God forgives us, and God sets us free from the burden of sin.

Leader:  Therefore, with confidence, not in ourselves but in our Lord Jesus, receive the forgiving love of God.

*All:      (Gloria Patri)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

 

ENCOUNTERING GOD THROUGH GOD’S WORD

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Hebrews 1:1-4

 

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  So he became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

*SONG:  #664   “Thy Word”

 

Refrain:  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

 

Verse 1

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still You’re there right beside me. 

And nothing will I fear as long as You are near.  

Please be near me to the end.  (Refrain)

 

Verse 2

I will not forget Your love for me, and yet my heart forever is wandering. 

Jesus, be my guide and hold me to Your side;

And I will love You to the end.  (Refrain)

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 1:1-18 (focus vv. 1-2)

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made;  without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light;  he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John testified concerning him.  He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)  Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses;  grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON:  “Introduction to ‘The Gospel of John’”

 

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD THROUGH AFFIRMATION, OFFERING, AND PRAYER

 

*SONG OF REFLECTION AND RESPONSE:

“Here I Am to Worship”                                     Tim Hughes

Acoustic Worship Team

 

Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness.

Opened my eyes, let me see

Beauty that made this heart adore You,

Hope of a life spent with You

 

Chorus

So here I am to worship;  here I am to bow down;

Here I am to say that You’re my God.

And You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy,

Altogether wonderful to me.

 

King of all days, oh so highly exalted,

Glorious in heaven above,

Humbly You came to the earth You created,

All for love’s sake became poor.

 

Bridge

And I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross.

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER AND OFFERING

 

Invitation

 

Affirmation of Faith:  (from  A Brief Statement of Faith, PCUSA)

 

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 Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.

 

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:  preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

Words of Institution

 

Partaking of the Elements and the Giving of Our Offering

 

“Meditation”                                        Douglas Wagner

 

(For those joining with us in the Sanctuary this morning, you are invited, as you come forward to receive the Communion Elements, and as you feel so led, to place your offering in one of the plates up front.  For those unable to be with us physically, you are encouraged to partake of the elements in your home at this time.  Also, as you are able, we invite you to set aside your offering as an act of personal dedication at this time, either to be mailed in, dropped off at the church, or brought in when you are able to join us in worship.  Let this time be one of receiving from and offering yourself up to our Lord — to the praise of His holy name.)

 

Prayer of Commitment

 

*Sung Response (Doxology)

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below; 

Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts,

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

 

SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

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.

 

BRINGING OUR WORSHIP INTO OUR WORLD

 

*CLOSING SONGS:                      “Meekness and Majesty”                              Graham Kendrick

Acoustic Worship Team

 

Verse 1

Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity,

In perfect harmony, the Man who is God.

Lord of eternity, dwells in humanity;

Kneels in humility and washes our feet.

 

Chorus

O what a mystery, meekness and majesty;

Bow down and worship, for this is your God.

 

Verse 2

Father’s pure radiance, perfect in innocence;

Yet learns obedience to death on a cross.

Suffering to give us life, conquering through sacrifice;

And as they crucify, prays, “Father, forgive.”  (Chorus)

 

Verse 3

Wisdom unsearchable, God, the invisible;

Love indestructible in frailty appears.

Lord of infinity, stooping so tenderly;

Lifts our humanity to the heights of His throne.  (Chorus)

 

*BENEDICTION  (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

 

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  Amen.

 

POSTLUDE:                   “Psalm of Glory”                                        Lowell Roberts

 

 

Memory verses:  John 20:21

 

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”   (NIV)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  1. Hope 7 has remained open to serve the Albia community of Troy, and beyond, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and our faith family continues to support their work. It has been hard to keep up our regular collections as the church was closed for a time and even now attendance is low, but Hope 7 still needs our help.  You are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and other hygiene items either at Third Church (and we will get the items to Hope 7), or at Hope 7 directly (M-W-Th 9:30-11:45), or call Sue Laz to arrange for a pick-up.

 

  1. Winter Collection for Capital City Rescue Mission: Throughout the winter months we will be collecting new and gently used coats, hats, gloves and scarves for Capital City Rescue Mission.  With the weather turning colder, the Mission struggles to provide these necessary items to those in need.  Donations can be brought to the church and placed in the box provided or you can contact Sue Laz to arrange for someone to pick-up your donations.

 

  1. The annual January Congregational meeting will be held this year via Zoom on January 31st at 6:30pm. The purpose of the meeting being to:  Review committee reports for 2020;  Review the 2021 General Fund budget;  Elect members to serve on the Nominating Committee for 2021;  Approve the pastor’s Terms of Call for 2021;  Act on any other business or information brought before the congregation.  To participate in that meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87667694915.  Or, you can go to Zoom and enter the Meeting ID: 876 6769 4915.  If you choose to join by phone you can dial by your location  +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), or find your local number:  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kezZxDJUUI

 

  1. Wednesday evening Bible Study, 1/27 at 7pm via Zoom. To join the study go to the Zoom link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84268790436.  The meeting ID is: 842 6879 0436.