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JANUARY 8, 2023

The Order for the Worship of God

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Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.

Bulletin - January 8, 2023: Text

Hymn Sing     Gray Psalter Hymnal

     # 473     To God Be the Glory, vs 1, 3

     # 442     Abide with Me, vs 1, 2, 3

     # 209     Seek Ye First the Kingdom, vs 1, 2


Call to Worship

     


Opening Psalm     # 146     Praise the Lord! Sing Hallelujah!          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



Confession of Sin


Merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you

with our whole heart and mind and strength

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen



Assurance of Pardon


Just as there is no sin so small that it does not deserve damnation, so there is no sin so great that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent. 

     — Westminster Confession of Faith 15.4



Psalter:     Psalm 29     (NRSVUE)          Steve Varys


1Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

3The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. 

8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl and strips the forest bare, and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

10The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

11May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!


Prayer for Illumination                      



Old Testament Reading     Deuteronomy 6:1-9    (ESV)


       6 “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

       4“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem     You Are My Light          by Dave & Jean Perry


Lord, you are my Savior and my help in time of need

My refuge and my hope, O Lord, from fear now I am freed

When troubles come and skies grow dark, I'm safe within your hands

Though the nation's war and people rage, 

By your side I'll take my stand


You are my light and my salvation

You are my hope through all my days

Let the people all be joyful, let the faithful sing your praise

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Glory to your holy name

Sing hosannas, sing your glory evermore

Sing out your praise


Walk beside me, Lord, and speak to me

Guide me in your path each day

When I stumble, Lord, or lose my way

Be my guide, my light, my stay

Open now my eyes to your wisdom, Lord

To the beauty of each hour 

Show me how to care, Teach me how to pray

Share your wondrous love from day to day!



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 27     What a Friend We Have in Jesus          (Supplemental Hymnal)



New Testament Reading     Ephesians 4:1-16     (NRSVUE)


       4 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: 4there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

       7But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said,

       “When he ascended on high, he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.”

       9(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11He himself granted that some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15but speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.



Sermon          Pastor Andrew Winter

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Confession of Our Church’s Faith - The Nicene Creed

 

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. 

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.

 

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. 

 

Amen.



Gathering of Our Tithes and Offerings


Response     # 638     The Doxology            (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Prayer of Dedication



Moment for Mission          Pastor SJ Winter



Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession



Hymn     #246     Come Thou Almighty King          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)   



Benediction     



Postlude     Nun freut euch          setting Donald Busarow


Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,

With exultation springing,

And, with united heart and voice

And holy rapture singing,

Proclaim the wonders God hath done

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