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.
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
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
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.
PHOTOS AFTER WORSHIP
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/MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
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.
SILVER LAKE SUMMER CAMP
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.