January 19, 2020 – 11 am
INTROIT … VU #662 Lead Me God
L: May God Be with You
P: And Also With You
WELCOMING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today.
May our worship together be meaningful to us all!
(Life and Work of the Church) (Birthdays and Anniversaries)
Please join for Coffee & Conversation in the auditorium downstairs immediately following this service.
CALL TO WORSHIP:
L: Listen up, everyone! God has given us work to do.
P: God has called each of us before we were even born.
L: It was God who named us.
P: It is God who claims us.
L: The light of God’s love shines in us.
P: Let’s shine God’s love into all the world! Amen
HYMN: VU #264 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
God of the prophets, you are our God, too. You spoke to the prophets, but your message did not end with them. There is still work to be done, and we pray to hear your call afresh. Help us
joyfully claim our role as your beloved servants, knowing that you provide all that we need to do our work. You walked with us before, and you continue to hold us by the hand each and every day of our lives. We pray with the confidence of those who have been filled with your light. We pray with the assurance of those who have been called into fellowship with your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
HYMN: VU # 326 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Prayer of Confession
Faithful God, you call us to be saint;, but we are more comfortable with the role of the sinner. You call us to be your servants, but we worry that we lack the skills to do your work; you put a new song of praise in our mouths, but we stumble on unfamiliar words; you show us the work to be tackled, but we turn away defiant, insisting we have more important things to do. Put your song on our lips and in our hearts, and remind us of the joy that awaits us when we put our trust in you. Guide us into the light of your unwavering, never-ending, and grace-filled love. Amen. Words of Assurance God is faithful and ever-present. The God who knew us before our birth loves us still and strengthens us, that we will one day be blameless. Through the gift of Jesus Christ, God offers forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Accept this offer. Amen
WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD … Tony Moores
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 49: 1-7
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1 :1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 40: 1-11 VU #764
Gospel Reading: John 1:29-42 … Minister
Response: Praise be to Christ. The living Word.
MEDITATION: “Telling the Story of Jesus” Rev Simba
Pastoral Prayer: Minister
OFFERING HYMN: VU#508 Just As I am
OFFERTORY PRAYER (Unison)
Generous God, you have given us many things that we need. Help us trust your continued care, that we may share with others the abundance of your blessings. Strengthen us for service, and remind us of the great joy that awaits those who answer your call. Accept our gifts and give us new songs of praise as we celebrate the opportunity to be in ministry, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN: VU #343 I Love to Tell the Story
We leave this place with a story to tell. We go to share the good news of God’s love. The story of Jesus who loves all people and creation. We offer to join in this kingdom, where love is central. We do everything through the grace of our Lord Jesus. Amen.
BLESSING & BENEDICTION: Minister.
Go in the love of the One who strengthens us for the work to which we are called. Go in the fellowship of Jesus Christ, who claims us as sisters and brothers. Go in the community of the Holy Spirit, who binds us together with all the saints. Go with grace to shine God’s love into all the world.