Sunday, January 16

Second Sunday after Epiphany 

 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                             “Nobody Knows/I Need Thee”                                     Janet Tolman
 
Call to Worship *based on Psalm 36:5-10
 
One: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
All: Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep;
One: you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
All: How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
One: All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
All: They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
One: For with you is the fountain of life: in your light we see light.
All: O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #103           “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” (vs. 1 & 4)                   ST. DENIO
 
     1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed,
     most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
 
     4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light; thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
     all laud we would render: O help us to see ’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.
 
Words: Walter Chalmers Smith, 1867; Music: Welsh melody from Canaidau y Cyssegr, 1839; adapt. by John Roberts
 
Scripture
John 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 NRSV
 
One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Message                                                        The Simple Gift                                      Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Musical Response                                   “People Need the Lord”                                 Helson & McHugh
Tom Messmore, solo

Lord’s Prayer
     Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Reception of New Members
 
Sending Hymn UMH #2243                “We All Are One in Mission” (vs. 1, 2 & 3)                       KUORTANE
 
     1. We all are one in mission; We all are one in call,
     our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.
     A single, great commission compels us from above
     to plan and work together that all may know Christ’s love.
 
     2. We all are called for service, to witness in God’s name.
     Our ministries are different; our purpose is the same:
     To touch the lives of others by God’s surprising grace,
     so every folk and nation may feel God’s warm embrace.
 
     3. Now let us be united, and let our song be heard.
     Now let us be a vessel for God’s redeeming Word.
     We all are one in mission; we all are one in call,
     our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.
 
Words: Rusty Edwards, 1986 Music: Finnish folk melody
 
Benediction
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
     Go forth in peace, and grace of Christ, the love of God, and the harmony of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Postlude                                           “Toccata in the Style of Scarlatti”                             Gordon Young


Sunday, January 9

First Sunday after Epiphany 

 
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                 “The Rejoicing”                             Charles Callahan
 
Call to Worship
 
One: We want to be a part of God’s kingdom.
All: That is why we have come here today.
One: We can learn from one another as we worship together.
All: The kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our God and his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever. Amen.
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #715          “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” (vs. 1 & 3)   DARWALL’S 148th
 
     1. Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore;
     mortals, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore.
     Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
 
     3. His kingdom cannot fail; he rules o’er earth and heaven;
     the keys of earth and hell are to our Jesus given.
     Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice; again I say, rejoice.
 
Words: Charles Wesley, 1746; Music: John Darwall, 1770
 
Scripture
Psalms 145:9-13; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-49a NRSV

One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                       “The Water is Wide”                        arr. René Clausen
The Chancel Choir
 
Message                                  Where is the Kingdom of God?               Rev. Dr. Don Finch
 
Musical Response UMH #405             “Seek Ye First” (vs. 1 & 2)                              SEEK YE

     1. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
     And all these things shall be added unto you.
     Allelu, alleluia!
 
     2. Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find;
     Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
     Allelu, alleluia!
 
Words and Music: Karen Lafferty, 1972
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
     Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Sending Hymn UMH #157               “Jesus Shall Reign” (vs. 1, 4 & 5)               DUKE STREET
 
     1. Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does its successive journeys run;
     his kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.
 
     4. Blessings abound where’er he reigns; all prisoners leap and loose their chains;
     the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blest.
 
     5. Let every creature rise and bring honors peculiar to our King;
     angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen!
 
Words: Isaac Watts, 1719 Music: John Hatton, 1793
 
Benediction
Rev. Dr. Don Finch
 
 
Postlude                                              “Trumpet Tune”                             Charles Callahan


Sunday, January 2

Epiphany Sunday
Greeting and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude                                                  “Hymn for the New Year”                           arr. James Mansfield
Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
*based on Isaiah 60
 
     One: Arise, shine; for your light has come,
     All: and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
     One: For darkness had covered the earth and peoples,
     All: But now God’s light has come, shining out in the darkness!
     One: So let us lift up our eyes and look around,
     All: Let us see and be radiant, so our hearts thrill and rejoice, amen!
 
Hymn of Praise UMH #245                      “The First Noel” (vs. 1 & 5)                                 THE FIRST NOEL
 
     1. The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
     in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
 
     Refrain:
     Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.
 
     5. Then entered in those Wise Men three, full reverently upon the knee,
     and offered there, in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
 
     (Refrain)
 
Words and Music: Traditional English carol; harm. from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871
 
Children’s Moment
 
Scripture
Ephesians 3:5-6, and 19-21 Matthew 2:1-12 NRSV

One: The word of God for the People of God
All: Thanks be to God!
 
Music of Preparation                         “Cold December Flies Away”                       arr. Charles Callahan
Janet Tolman, organ
 
Message                                      Imagination Unbound: God Imagines Us                           Pastor Beth
 
Musical Response                              “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”                             arr. Wilbur Held
Janet Tolman, organ
 
Communion
 
UMH #246                                                    “Joy to the World”                               GREAT THANKSGIVING
 
     Leader: Behold Christ is born among us!

     All: Christ is among us indeed!

     Leader: Let us sing with Joy our praises!

     All: We sing for Joy to the World!
 
     Sing: Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him       room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and       nature sing.
 
     Leader: God you have come among us, our Emmanuel, all creation reveals your glory, as Christ      reveals your grace and love, your hope moving among us, giving us new life. And so with all            your people on earth and the vast company of heaven we praise your name and join their              unending hymn singing:
 
     Sing: Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ; while fields and floods,               rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the             sounding joy.
 
     Leader: From his first moments on earth swaddled and resting in a manger to his final                     moments speaking comfort to criminals from the cross, Jesus’ life was one of embracing all           people, and teaching the transformative power of compassion. Today as we celebrate the             light of Christ’s life, we remember the way Jesus gathered his disciples on his final night.
     Sitting with friends and family, just as we are seated among friends and family today, he took         bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples saying, “take eat, this         is new life given for you, every time you eat remember me and be filled with joy for what God         is doing”.
 
     When the supper was over Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to God, and offered it to each of           his disciples saying, “tonight we seal the new covenant, a covenant of compassion and                   salvation for all people, every time you drink, drink deeply and know the love of God.”
     And so, in remembrance of these mighty acts of grace, we offer ourselves in praise and                   thanksgiving as a joyful and life filled gift in union with God’s work in Jesus Christ as we sing           thanks for the mystery of faith:
 
     Sing: No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make God’s       blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is               found.
 
     The Spirit of Love is pouring out over each of us and over these gifts of food and drink, just as         the starlight of long ago poured out guiding wise men and wanderers to see the sleeping child       whose love would change the world. Today, let our wonder unite us, let our hope empower us,         and let our joy overflow until all the world knows what God has done for Love.
 
     Sing: God rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of             God’s righteousness, and wonders of God’s love, and wonders of God’s love, and wonders,               wonders of God’s love.
 
Communion Hymn UMH #242         “Love Came Down at Christmas” (vs. 1 & 3)                       GARTAN
(Please eat and drink in remembrance now)
 
     1. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;
     Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.
 
     3. Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine;
     love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.
 
Words: Christina G. Rossetti, 1885; Music: harm. by permission of Oxford University Press
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
      Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Sending Hymn UMH #254                        “We Three Kings” (vs. 1 & 5)                          KINGS OF ORIENT
 
     1. We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar,
     field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.
 
    Refrain:
     O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright,
     westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
 
     5. Glorious now behold him arise; King and God and sacrifice:
     Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies.
 
     (Refrain)
 
Words: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1857 Music: John H. Hopkins, Jr., 1857
 
Benediction
Pastor Beth
 
     May God, who is beyond time, walk each moment by our side giving us peace, hope, joy, and love, lighting our way through Christ and filling us with life abundant in the Holy Spirit, amen.
 
Postlude                                                  “A Joyous Acclamation”                                            Lani Smith
Janet Tolman, organ