Come, Let Us Adore Him!
† Indicates to stand if you are able.
Prayer cards may be filled out prior to the first
hymn and placed in the offering plate in the back
of the church, or handed to an usher during the
We Gather as the Body of Christ
PRELUDE Heidi Prior
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Pastor Bob
INTROIT Spirit of the Living God / Choir
CALL TO WORSHIP Paule Ralph, Liturgist
† HYMN Here I Am, Lord / UMC Hymnal # 593
Acolyte(s) will bring in the Light of Christ
PRAYER OF INVOCATION / OPENING PRAYER
Holy One, be our light in the darkness. When we can’t make out the path ahead, guide us and direct us. When we are scared or overwhelmed, reassure us and remind us not to be afraid. When we can’t turn our head or our attention toward you and your glimmer of light, lift us, turn us, reorient us in the directions that bring life and hope and possibility. Be our light in the darkness, in this time of worship, and always. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Isaiah 58: 1-12 / OT page 649
CHILDREN’S TIME WITH PASTOR BOB
Nursery aged children may leave for nursery care.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
God is So Good
/ The Faith We Sing Hymnal # 2056
We Attend to the Word
† HYMN I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
/ UMC Hymnal # 206
† GOSPEL READING
Matthew 5:13-20 / NT page 4
Pastor: This is the Word of God for the
people of God
People: Thanks be to God.
“Sermon on the Mount (part 2)”
We Gather at Christ's Table
This is My Father’s World / Choir
† DOXOLOGY # 94 UMC HYMNAL
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose
power up-lifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
† BLESSING THE OFFERING (Unison)
Gracious Lord, we ask your blessing on these gifts that have been given, as they join with others given in community and in churches around the world. Through them, may the hungry be fed, may those who are cold this winter find warm clothing and shelter, and may those who need your good news find it in just the right way. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
† HYMN Together We Serve
/ # 2175 The Faith We Sing Hymnal
(Please form a circle around the sanctuary to
receive the Benediction and to sing to each other).
God does bring light…to the situations in our lives and in our world that feel very dark. God does bring light and hope…within whatever seems bleak or even devastating. God does bring light…always. May the light of Christ shine within your life this day and every day. And may you share that light with others in ways that are right for you. Amen.
Let There Be Peace on Earth
/ # 431 UMC Hymnal
POSTLUDE Heidi Prior