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Order of Worship, January 28, 2024

ORDER OF WORSHIP

Janu



ary 28 2024 10:30 AM

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

 

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   “ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING”      Acapeldridge

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 111)

Leader: the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

PEOPLE: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.

Leader: Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.

PEOPLE: He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the LORD is gracious and merciful.

Leader: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

PEOPLE: They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

 

INVOCATION

Dear Lord, we gather in your sight 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         “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”         Blue #229

 

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 as we pray 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

 

(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.

 

**GLORIA PATRI

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE      “Just As I am, Without One Plea”                  Blue #370

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that our hearts and minds may be opened through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING   Deuteronomy 18: 15-20            Dan Olson

GOSPEL READING                 Mark 1: 21-28

 

SERMON MESSAGE      Who Are You?                 John Redman, CRE

         

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

May what we offer here be of our own hearts and dedicated to the service of our faith

and our mission to others as they become the blessings and hope that others need and pray for in their own lives. This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen

 

OFFERTORY        “Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart“      

 

**DOXOLOGY                Traditional                                Red #809

 

PRAYER OF THANKS 

Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

**CLOSING HYMN         “Come, Let Us with Our Lord Arise”     Red #798

 

RESPONSIVE BENEDICTION

Leader: God sends us into the world,

People: so we may see Jesus at work in all the desolate places.

Leader: As one with compassion, Jesus calls,

People: so we may follow him to those who live on the fringe of life.

Leader: The Spirit opens our ears and our hearts,

People: so we may hear the cries looking for hope.

ALL: AMEN!

 

POSTLUDE:         “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”                        Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

 

 

 

Blessings!

John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

 


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