Third Sunday after
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and FUNNY STORY
CENTERING WORDS (Isaiah 9, Psalm 27)
Where there is darkness, there is also light. Look for the light – those are the places of love, joy, grace, and hope.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Psalm 27: 1, 4-9 Sharon Stewart
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 27)
responsive reading Sharon Stewart
We come seeking God,
The one who guides us and protects us.
People of God, there is nothing to fear,
For God dwells in our hearts.
Let us shout with joy, for God is here!
Let us sing praises to the Holy One!
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
UMC Hymnal #206
OPENING PRAYER Sharon Stewart
(Isaiah 9, Psalm 27, Matthew 4)
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 our gaze, 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.
1 Corinthians 1: 10-18 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
vs 1 UMC Hymnal #344
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Jesus Calls Us
UMC Hymnal #398
John 1: 29-42 & Matthew 4: 12-23
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Who is the Other Disciple
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
(Isaiah 9, Psalm 27)
God is our LIGHT and our LOVE. May we joyfully offer our gifts to God as tokens of our gratitude. Give as you are called and as you are able.
O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee
UMC Hymnal #430
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING
(Unison) Pastor Bob
Bless these gifts, O God, and bless the intentions in the hearts of
those who give them. We pray that through them others would hear the good news to find light amidst the darkness. In the name of Jesus, we offer them to you. Amen.
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
HYMN: The Summons
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2130
BENEDICTION (Isaiah 9, Matthew 4)
Brothers and Sisters, siblings in Christ, may the light of God shine in our lives.
May the love of Christ fill our days.
And may the power of the Holy Spirit guide us always.
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Let There Be Peace on Earth
UMC Hymnal #431