January 7, 2018

First Sunday After Epiphany

 Prelude: Toccata                                       Eugene Gigout

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #475 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing


Joys and Concerns

Choral Introit: You Have Put On Christ

 Call to Worship

One:    The powerful voice of God created all worlds.

That same voice calls us to worship.

All:      Ascribe to our God glory and strength.

            Come before God’s glorious majesty.

One:    God’s strength shakes the wilderness.

That same strength is offered to people of faith.

All:      The flames of God penetrate our cold hearts.

            May God bless all people with true peace.

One:    Come together to remember your baptism.

Gather to celebrate the Spirit’s gifts.

All:      The heavens open to us at the Word of God.

            Surely God forgives and makes whole.

One:    Come let us worship together!

Opening Prayer (in unison)

In the beginning, O God, you fashioned a universe. Each star and planet had its beginning in you. Out of the void, you brought light and life. Through eons of creativity, you have acted, and today we are here, inheritors of an amazing process, tiny specks in the limitless reaches of time and space. And you are here, waiting to greet us. As you acted in our baptism, you are still acting to make all things new within us and among us. Let your light awaken us and your  Spirit.


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Creator God, you have created us, but we have chosen to go our own way. You have reclaimed us, but we have, by our arrogant attitudes and actions, rejected the claim. You have sent your Holy Spirit to break into our controlled and unimaginative routines, and we have not appreciated that burst of creative energy. We are ready now, ready to admit that our ways are full of dangerous byways. Our mistakes and failures have often come because, in our false pride, we have not listened to you. Save us again by your forgiving love. 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: #583 Glory to God, glory to God, glory to God in the highest! Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

 Responsive Reading – Psalm 29  (Page 621 HS in the pew bible)

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – Genesis 1:1-5 (Page 1 HS in the pew bible)

*Hymn: #480 Take Me To The Water

 Sacrament of Communion

The cut bread on the communion plate is gluten free.

The communion wine is non-alcoholic.

Communion Prayer (in unison)

Gracious God, you have once again shown us your love by bringing us to this meal. We go from this table, renewed in faith, renewed in courage, and strengthened by your presence. Thank you for loving us so tenderly. Thank you for challenging us to know you better and to receive you more fully. It is in Christ’s name that we pray. Amen.

 *Hymn: #480 Take Me To The Water

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

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit

*Doxology: #607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more; praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

 Gospel Reading – Mark 1:4-11 (Page 42 NT in the pew bible)

Sermon: “Remembering Our Baptism”

Reverend Dr. Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer, Silent Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response: You Belong to Christ

Hymn: #488 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry


Response: Three-fold Amen

Postlude: Toccata in E Minor

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome.

Today’s host is Michael Parris & Sue Bucceri.

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:

Mary O’Neill for serving as lay reader

Sharon Tingley & Becky Belcher Feen for ushering

Prayer List

Debbie Merwin, Gloria Buckley, Jessica Whelton, George Kieffer, Keith Grant, Ellie Owens, Jack Ritchie, Marian Ferguson, Jane Fitting, Libby Bishop, Miles Bishop, Chuck Carroll, Andrew Gunderson, Dick Taber, Gail Weigel, Paula & Herman Blumberg, Harriet, Emily, Anne, Bill, Carolyn, Peter, the family & friends of Erik Rydingsword, family & friends of Barbara Pogue and those among us who struggle with anxiety, depression and addiction.


Today:            11:30 am Trustees Meeting

Wednesday:     7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:         4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:             7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Next Sunday:   10 am Youth Group Resumes



Men’s large and extra-large coats, and socks for men and

women are in need. Please bring your donations in to church

and they will be delivered to those in need to Bridgeport.













































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