February 17, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Prelude:  Solemn Melody                                John Dixon

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #39 Great Is Thy Faithfulness


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #267 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Call to Worship

One: Blessed are those who trust in God, who delight to meditate on God’s law.

All:   We long to hear the Word of God and let the Word shape our lives.

One: Blessed are all who seek the realm of God, who hunger to find meaning in their lives.

All: We intend to give our best to our Creator, bearing fruit in all we say and do.

One: Blessed are the ones who serve God with joy, who risk all they have in faithfulness and hope.

All:   We come now to worship and find new life, to receive healing and empowerment for our journey.

One: Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

Come, Holy God, to search our minds and try our hearts. Grant us in this hour wise counsel and clear direction. Touch us, teach us; hear us, heal us. Send your Spirit to walk with us, as Christ walked with the disciples long ago, that your realm may become for all of us a present reality as well as future hope. Grant us living water to quench our thirst and sound preaching to feed our hunger. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)  

Sovereign God, we confess that we have chased after wealth and temporal security while neglecting matters of the spirit. We put our trust in things and in sinners’ empty promises. We even deceive ourselves, shaping our words and actions to please the crowd. We have doubted the resurrection, surrendering to a sense of futility and skepticism. Turn us around God, so we can learn to trust you and find strength in giving of ourselves. 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 1

(Pg. 602 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Reading from Hebrew Scripture – Jeremiah 17:5-10

(Pg. 879  in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer      

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

*Hymn: #172 Blest Are They

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Resting in Your Arms          Schram & Williams

*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 – Luke 6:17-26

(Pg. 78  in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: Awakening the Soul of the Citizen

Dr. Lorna Duphiney Edmundson

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response: #267 Come, lift your hearts on high.

*Hymn: #815 Give to the Winds Thy Fears


Response: #267 Praise yet our Christ again: Alleluia! Amen!

Postlude:  March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Felix Mendelssohn

(* 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.

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:

Lorna Edmundson for providing us with the Sermon

Sheryl Kennedy for serving as our lay reader

Jenn Good 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

The Deacons on call this week will be Linda & John Estabrook 860-824-5896


Today: 11:30 am Church Council Meeting

Monday: Office Closed

1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club

Tuesday: 5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday: 7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday: 7 pm HousaTonics

Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

10 am Meeting House in use

Saturday: 1 pm Meeting House in use

Next Sunday: 11 am Unbirthday Celebration

3 pm Open Recital

The photo on the front cover is from the Old Farmers’ Almanac ~ Winter Sun.





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