January 23 Worship
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, January 23 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TODAY after worship. See email for Annual Meeting Report booklet.
HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.
For ALL devices: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Union Church, Newburgh NY
January 23, 2022 10:30 am
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
USHERS today are Bob Beams and John Safran
If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.
FELLOWSHIP TIME HOST today is Mary Whidden and James Phillips
Hosts needed for January. Signup chart in the Fellowship Hall.
2022 ENVELOPE BOXES are available in the church vestibule. If you would like to be assigned an envelope box, please contact Jolee DuBois.
CRISTIAN ED meeting TODAY, Jan 23 at 9:45 am.
OUTREACH meeting rescheduled to Sunday, Feb 6 after Fellowship in the Parlor.
A HUGE GRATITUDE to Debby Hill for serving as Clerk of Session for twenty years!
Thank you for all your dedication and attention to detail in this never-ending and sometimes thankless job. Libby will continue as a co-clerk with Mary Whidden.
THANKS to Paul Hill for serving as President of the Corporation for the past six years.
James Phillips will become President after our Annual Meeting in January.
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Jan 31 and Wednesday, Feb 2 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE Variations on a Sunday School Tune by Dale Wood
CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 19)
Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. PEOPLE: Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. Leader: There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; PEOPLE: yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, Leader: which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. PEOPLE: the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. ALL: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
We gather in your sight Dear Lord, to proclaim our devotion to your will and our happiness at the endless love and grace you bestow upon us. As we hear the good news of the Gospel, may we take it into our lives with new awareness and dedication. This we pray in the name of our Savior, Amen.
**OPENING HYMN Stand Up and Bless the Lord Blue #491
CALL TO CONFESSION
Our sometimes-feeble attempts to follow in faith show our shortcomings, but we know a merciful God who always forgives us. Please join me in our confessions together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dearest Lord, in these dark times we often stumble in the darkness, seeking the light of your comfort. But the light is always there before us, even as we look up to its inspiring flame. Grant us the peace to know our shortcomings even as you forgive them. And may we continue to look to the light of your perfect love in these dark days even as we know you will deliver us brighter days to come. Amen.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Friends in faith, believe in the grace of Scripture and the love of God, by whose infinite presence our sins are forgiven. Amen.
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Nicene Creed, condensed)
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE The Heavens Above Declare God’s Praise Blue #166
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Theresa Cotanche
NEW TESTAMENT 1 Corinthians 12:12-20, 26-27
GOSPEL Luke 4:14-21
SERMON Springtime in Galilee John Redman, CRE
PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE
Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, as we pray as Jesus taught us:
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.
OFFERTORY Once He Came in Blessing arr. Paul Manz
**PRAYER OF THANKS
Gracious God, accept our gifts that they may be used wisely in your service for those who hunger, who shiver with cold or merely seek a greater understanding of your love. This we gratefully pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
HYMN OF PARTING Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessings Red #834
To those who have been called and are loved by God the Father and kept by the grace of Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance, on this day and those to come. Amen.
POSTLUDE I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light! Kathleen Thomerson
(Follow along, Red #539)
INVITATION TO FELLOWSHIP TIME
John Redman, CRE
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