FEBRUARY 6, 2022

The Order for the Worship of God

Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 930a on Sunday.

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.

 

Welcome and Greeting


Prelude     God of Grace and God of Glory          setting Wilbur Held


God of Grace and God of Glory,

On your people pour your pow’r


Call to Worship


Hymn     # 378     Hosanna, Loud Hosanna          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)


Prayer of Confession – Front of Gray Psalter Hymnal    


Prayer for Illumination          Ron Smith


New Testament Reading     Luke 3:1-18     (NRSV)


       3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,


“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

    make his paths straight.

5Every valley shall be filled,

    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall be made straight,

    and the rough ways made smooth;

6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”


       7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

       10And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13He said to them, “Collect no more 

than the amount prescribed for you.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

       15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

       18So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem     Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart

Nought be all else to me save that thou art

Thou my best thought by day or by night

Waking or sleeping thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom and thou my true word

I ever with thee and thou with me Lord

Thou my great Father and I thy true son

Thou in me dwelling and I with thee one


Riches I heed not nor men's empty praise

Thou mine inheritance now and always

Thou and thou only first in my heart

High King of heaven my treasure thou art


High King of heaven my victory won

May I reach heaven's joys O bright heaven's Sun

Heart of my own heart whatever befall

Still by my vision O ruler of all



Children’s Sermon

Hymn     # 4     Be Still My Soul          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Old Testament Reading     Malachi 2:17-3:5

       17You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “All who do evil are good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”


       3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

       For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

       5Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.



Sermon     “Where is the God of Justice?”          Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Communion Hymn     # 170     O God, Our Help in Ages Past          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)



The LORD’s Supper 


Invitation to the Table and Words of Institution


Prayer of Thanksgiving


Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup


Prayer of Consecration:


Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb. Amen.


Hymn     # 612     Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending        (Gray Psalter Hymnal) 



Benediction   



Postlude     All Glory, Laud, and Honor          setting Emma Lou Diemer  


You are the King of Israel

And David’s Royal Son