SUNDAY WORSHIP

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Below is the bulletin for the worship service.  

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January 30, 2022   10:00AM

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

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HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR FULL CHURCH SERVICE.  It is being updated regularly, so check back for more details.  Click here to watch the complete church service at 10:00AM On Sunday.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

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WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK THIS WEEK?

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BREATHING PRAYER:  (from Psalm 71:5)

In: “In you, O Lord …”

Out: “…I place my trust”

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PRELUDE: 

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*CALL TO WORSHIP:

L: God is calling each one of us.

P: Lord, help us to hear your call.

L: If you answer the summons, your life will be totally changed.

P: Lord, help us to be ready for that change.

L: There is so much “blindness” in our world

P: Lord, help us to give sight to those whose sight is impaired.

L: People may not understand and may ridicule us.

P: Lord, give us courage and strength to withstand the ridicule and taunting.

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OPENING HYMN:   Love Divine, All Love Excelling UMH #384

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OPENING PRAYER:

Gracious God, we come to you this day, seeking your guidance and strength. You have called us to ministries for which we feel inadequate. Help us to understand that it is your love that will support and sustain our efforts. Give us the courage to place our trust in your abiding presence. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN. 

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SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

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PASTORAL PRAYER:

“If I speak in the languages of humankind or the angelic host, but do not have love I am just like a noisy clanging cymbal. If I have wonderful powers to see all the great possibilities in serving the Lord, and the wondrous journey which God has placed before us, but don’t have love in my heart and in my actions, I am just making empty noises.” Lord, too often we are like loud clanging cymbals or empty promises. We say we want to do things, but we back away because we think things will be too tough for us. We don’t believe that you will be with us, guiding, healing, and strengthening us for service. So rather than doing your work, we just go through the motions. You are LOVE. In you resides all hope, peace, and justice. Your love has been poured out on us and all creation from before the beginning of time. Teach us again the great message of hope. Remind us that love is also risk. We risk censure and alienation from people who don’t understand. Give us courage to be your faithful witnesses, by the kinds of loving service and care we give to others. Prepare us for joyful service in your world; for we pray this in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray …

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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SPECIAL MUSIC: 

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SCRIPTURE READING:  SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (The Message)

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

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SERMON TITLE: The Best Is Yet to Come

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OFFERTORY REFLECTION:

May we remain steadfast in our vows to support the United Methodist Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Amen

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CLOSING HYMN: The Summons TFWS #2130

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SENDING FORTH PRAYER

God did not say that it would be easy to bring the good news to all people, but God did say that God would be with us. So, let us go now in peace, walking boldly with God. We bring the good news of hope to all the people. AMEN.

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SENDING FORTH HYMN: SHALOM TO YOU

Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.

May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.

In all your living and through all your loving

Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.

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BENEDICTION

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POSTLUDE

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