February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Prelude:  Fantasy in G Minor       Johann Sebastian Bach                

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #37  Let All Things Now Living


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #451 Open my eyes; illumine me, Spirit divine!

Call to Worship

One: Sing praises to God, O you saints of God. Give thanks to God’s holy name.

All:   We praise God for the joyous gift of a new day.

One: Our hope is in God who made heaven and earth.

All: We gather to remember all that God has revealed. We come to discover what God is doing among us.

One: So open your hearts to the joy of this time of worship.

All:   It is right to praise God and sing of God’s glory.  

One: Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

Gracious God, you who spoke to us in ancient times through the law and the prophets, and who visited us in Jesus Christ, come now and make your presence known. In song and prayer and word and silence, touch us and renew our spirits that we may once again come into your rejoice in your love and joy. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)  (from Lavon Baylor)

Good Shepherd, we have wandered down the strange pathways of our world. We have ventured into dead-end streets that looked more inviting than the narrow ways marked out by the signposts of your love. We have trusted other voices and turned away from your truth.  We have accepted your gifts without acknowledgment. We have failed to use our overflowing cups to fill the cups of sisters and brothers who need what we could offer. Forgive us, we pray, and restore us to your fold. Hear now our silent confessions as we turn to you, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace. Amen.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

*Gloria Patri: #581 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, amen.

Responsive Reading – Psalm 139:1-18

(Pg. 710 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scripture – Genesis 28:10-22

(Pg. 30 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer      

(Children will leave for Sunday School & Youth Group.)

*Hymn: #722  Lord Speak to Me that I May Speak

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Everybody Need A King Jesus  Parker & Sorenson

*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 – John 1:43-51

(Pg. 112 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon:  Markers on the Way

Reverend Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response: #451 Open my eyes; illumine me, Spirit divine!

*Hymn: #65  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


Response: #834 Precious Lord Take My Hand

Postlude:  Fugue in G Minor          Dietrich Buxtehude

(* Please stand if able.)

The flowers are in honor of Amanda Paley given by her mother, Anne Williams.

The Deacons on call this week will be Cynthia LaPier & Sheryl Kennedy.

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.

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:

Bob Maxwell for serving as our lay reader

Stephanie Tierney for giving the Children’s Message Becky Belcher  & Michael Voldstad for serving as ushers

Prayer List

Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Franny Yerkes, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber, Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard

The family & friends of Laura Hawks


Today: 1 pm SWSA Chili Dinner

Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday: 5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday: 5 pm Deacons’ Meeting

7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday: 7 pm HousaTonics

Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Next Sunday: 11:30 am Church Council


To receive our weekly eblast and other Church announcements, please email Melissa at: sccmelissa@gmail.com. If you are NOT online-please call Kathy (860-435-2442) to be put on a phone list for emergency closings.


Jenn Surdam, our Youth Group Intern and Giv2 Coordinator, has arranged a Giv2 event to be held on Saturday, February 16 at Noble Horizons. The youth will participate in a craft with the residents, after a time of introduction and prayer. The residents always enjoy spending time with our youth and these events prove to be a meaningful experience for the young people as well. Please contact Jenn with any questions & to RSVP at: jsurdam1002@gmail.com.




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