Announcements and Greeting:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13: 13)
And also with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Many: We have seen the star in the sky and have come to worship the Christ Child.
One: Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Many: The star is resting over Bethlehem, and we come rejoicing, overwhelmed with joy.
All: Let us bring the gift of our hearts and the gift of our lives to worship our God of light and everlasting love.
“Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Elliot
Hymn*#254 We Three Kings
Confession of Sin
If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness (1 John 1: 8-9).
One: Yet there are times when we are drawn away from your light.
Many: We may feel inadequate, unworthy, or less than perfect.
One: We forget that we are your children, your beloved creations,
and that you reach out for us even when we turn away from you.
All: Forgive us, O God.
Moment of Silence and Reflection
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND FORGIVENESS
Psalm 29 Hymnal page 761
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.
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 43: 1-7
The Gospel Luke 3: 15-22
Sermon: Accepting God’s Love
Hymn #384 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Joys and Concerns
Prayers of the People
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
LORD’S PRAYER (trespasses) Hymnal #895
PRAYER RESPONSE Hymnal #473
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness
Make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, though, Lord only,
That makes me dwell in safety.
CALL TO OFFERINGDEDICATION OF GIFTS
HYMN*#103 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
*Some prayers for this service used with permission from umcdiscipleship.org and The United Church of Christ Worship Ways.
A warm welcome to all visitors. If the Pastor or any member of the congregation may be of service to you, please contact the church office at 802-228-4211 or Pastor Michelle at 802-356-8046. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to sign the guestbook located at the entrance to the church.
Regarding Individuals in the Hospital or Sick at Home
It would be greatly appreciated if you know of individuals or family members in the hospital or sick at home, to kindly inform Pastor Michelle Fountain. She can be reached either by phone or email as noted above.
Executive Board Meeting Wednesday, January 26 7pm
Please continue to send offerings to Anne Oakes at 145 Merrill Road Ludlow, VT 05149
Prayer Concerns: James Almond, Anthony Cuteri, Judy Edwards, Bridget Janney, Sheila Kafer, Susan Kneebone, Ginny Kottcamp, Anne Matulonis, Bernie Stolp, Anne Oakes, George and Jan Bedard, Beth Almond, Rose Laird, and Nicole Fountain.
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