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  • John T. Redman, CRE

January 15 Worship Service

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, January 15 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home.

YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM,

The bulletin is attached and posted on the church website,


January 15, 2023 10:30 AM


FLOWERS today are given by Libby Szymanowicz to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Liz and Larry Cahill.

USHERS today are Dave Young and Richard Smith. If you would like to usher, please contact Dan Olson.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR HOSTS today are Merle and Jeff. Sign-up chart available in the Fellowship Hall.

BAPTISMS TODAY for James, Richard, and Theodore Phillips.

BENJAMIN VISE, our music director for the past year and a half, has accepted a new position as organist for the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church and today will be his last day at Union Church. We wish him well with the congregation at Pleasant Valley.

PHOTO DIRECTORY: Outreach will begin taking pictures of individuals and families during Fellowship Hour after services for the new photo directory.

FOOD PANTRY will receive $1 from every reusable Fight Hunger Bag sold during JANUARY at Hannaford at 2636 Rt. 32 in New Windsor.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN MON, JAN 16 and WED, JAN 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.

OFFERING ENVELOPES are available for pick up in the Narthex.

PLEDGES: As of JAN 2, we have received pledges for the amount of $96,000. If you have not received your pledge card in the mail, contact the office.


If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.

**Kindly stand if you are able

PRELUDE “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” arr. Gordon Young


CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 40)

Leader: I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. PEOPLE He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Leader: Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. PEOPLE: You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Leader: Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. PEOPLE: Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. Leader: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” PEOPLE: I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation

Leader: I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. PEOPLE: Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.


O God, we come together to explore the meaning of our membership in the body of Christ. As we examine ourselves, keep us mindful of the example you have sent to us as the head of your church and ours and guide our reflection of the life of Jesus in our own lives. Amen.

**OPENING HYMN “Baptized in Water” Blue #492


Today we baptize James, Richard, and Theodore Phillips, sons of Patrick Phillips and Hanna Zhou Phillips and grandchildren of member Richard Stuart Phillips. James and Richard were born on November 12, 2019, and Theodore was born on October 12, 2022, all in Shenzhen, China.


We often need to be reminded that although we are liberated by the truthful example of Jesus’s message of love and grace, we still fail and fall. Let us come together not only in confessing to our shortcomings, but in wishing for a greater understanding of our Lord. Join me in prayer.


Most merciful God, we admit that even though the truth of Jesus sets us free, we seldom live as truly free people. Forgive us our arrogance and show us how we are utterly dependent upon your grace, knowing that the goodness we possess comes from you and your infinite love. This we pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. (a moment for silent personal confession)


Friends in faith, believe the Good News of the Gospels and know that by the love of God our parent and by the grace of Christ our brother and redeemer, we are forgiven. Amen.



**APOSTLES CREED (Adapted by John Redman)

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and He offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.

**HYMN OF PRAISE “Here I Am, Lord” Blue #525


Today we install Merle Hennessey, David Young and Brittany Brooks-Hannon as Elders and Robert Beams as Deacon to the Class of 2025.


Guide us, O God, by your Word, and Holy Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord, Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 49:1-7 Theresa Cotanche

GOSPEL John 1:29-42

SERMON Here is the Lamb of God John Redman, CRE


And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:


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.


We can hoard the gifts with which you bless us, God of generosity, or we can share them with others. May what we offer in these moments be the very blessing, the very hope, the very peace others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

OFFERTORY “Just as I Am Without One Plea” Blue #370

**DOXOLOGY Traditional


Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we enter a new year may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

**HYMN OF PARTING “Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” Blue #374

(Verses 1-3)


Pastor: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, our savior and friend;

PEOPLE: May the love of God, binding us together and building us up;

Pastor: May the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, knitting us together as a church family

PEOPLE: Be with us until we meet again. Amen.

POSTLUDE “The Church of Christ in Every Age” Fred Pratt Green,1969


John Redman, CRE

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44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

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