January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

 Prelude: Psalm XIX                             Benedetto Marcello

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #265 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun


Joys and Concerns

Choral Introit: Come into God’s Presence

 Call to Worship

One:    Jesus taught: Blessed are the poor in spirit. He said that the realm of God is theirs.

All:      We read that those who mourn are blessed. Jesus said they will be comforted.

One:    The meek will inherit the earth. The merciful will obtain mercy.

All:      All who hunger and thirst for rich treasures are blessed; Jesus said they will be filled.

One:    Blessed are the pure in heart and the peacemakers; They are God’s children and will see God.

All:      Those persecuted and falsely accused are blessed. Even in the face of evil, we will rejoice.

One:    Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

Let the mountains hear our voices raised in prayer and

praise, wise and holy God. We gather in this sacred place

to honor and adore you. We come humbly, claiming the

cross of Jesus Christ as our sign. We give thanks that you

lift up the weak and lowly, defy the world’s foolishness,

and invite us to share in life at its fullest and best as

disciples of Jesus. We want to accept your invitation.


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

O God, we confess that we have accepted the world’s

wisdom as our guide. We have been impressed by the

power of weapons and the importance of high positions.

We measure worth by the number of possessions we

command. We have been unkind in our speech and

uncaring in our deeds. We have doubted the power of

the cross to save. Turn us around, holy God, that we

might be blessed. Hear now our silent confessions as we

turn to you seeking mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

*Gloria Patri: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to

the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever

shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Responsive Reading – Psalm 15

                        (Page 609 HS in the pew bible)

Reading from the Hebrew Scripture – Micah 6:1-8

                        (Page 1060 HS in the pew bible)

Children’s Message and Lord’s Prayer (debts)

(Children will leave for Sunday School and Youth Discussion Group)

*Hymn: #172 Blest Are They

 Offering of Gifts

Anthem: With What Shall I Come              John Ness Beck

*Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God above ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 Prayer of Dedication

 New Testament Reading – Matthew 5:1-12

                        (Page 4 NT in the pew bible)

 Sermon: “Blessed are You”

Reverend Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer, Silent Prayer

Prayer Response: Threefold Amen

*Hymn: #385 All People That On Earth Do Dwell


Benediction Response: Sevenfold Amen

Postlude: Psalm XX                               Benedetto Marcello

(*Please stand if able)

If you are visiting us today, Welcome! Please sign the guestbook at the front door and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of our Deacons.

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Our host today is Christiane Olson.

Please see an usher:

If you would like to use a hearing device;

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

 Many thanks to:

Sheryl Kennedy for serving as lay reader

Bob Weber & Pat Palmer for ushering


The flowers are in loving memory of Kit Kellogg  given by her family.

 Prayer List

Alice Gustafson, Leonard Kaufman, Laura Flores, Margie Vail, Gordon Weekly, Paul McAbee, Shirley Rogers, Jane Fitting, Nancy Tuckerman, Barbara Jacquette, Gloria Buckley, Petie Robinson, Gay Ayers, The Sosnoff Family, Wilma Tillerman, Emily, Will, Al. Family & Friends of: Jeri & Trish Johnson; Kit Kellogg, Ann Cuddy, Marianne Fair and Jordan Doyle


Today             11:00 am Congregational Meeting

Wednesday    7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday       4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics Rehearsal

Friday             7:30 am Men’s Bible Study

Sunday           11:30 am Trustees Meeting



Following worship this morning we will be discussing and voting on the proposed “Welcome Statement.” Please take the time and attend our Congregational Meeting so you can participate and vote.


Kristine Jennings is taking photos for our

new photo directory after the Congregational Meeting this morning. Kristine will be in the Parish Hall near the library. If you have not already done so, please make the time to see her, so you can be included in the new directory!


Women’s Bible Study meets on Thursday afternoons in

the Parish Hall Library at 4:30 pm. The group is studying the Book of John. All women are welcome to attend.

Men’s Bible Study meets on Friday mornings at 7:30 am in the Parish Hall. All men are welcome to attend.


Registration for Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon is now open. Take a look at the many great offerings by visiting: www.silverake.ctucc.org. Brochures can also be picked up at the Opportunity Table at in the Parish Hall.

































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