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.)
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
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.