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

first hymn.

 

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

(Unison)

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

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYER RESPONSE

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.

MEDITATION

“Sermon on the Mount (part 2)”

Pastor Bob

We Gather at Christ's Table

OFFERTORY

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).

† BENEDICTION

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

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