FEBRUARY 13, 2022

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.

 

Hymn Sing 


     Supplemental Hymnal

     # 28     Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, vs. 1 & 3    

     # 68     O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

     # 59     O How He Loves You and Me



Call to Worship



Hymn     # 3     Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Psalter:     Psalm 1     (NRSV)          Diane Horner 


1Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;

2but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.

3They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.



Prayer for Illumination                         



New Testament Reading:     2 Corinthians 9  


       9 Now it is not necessary for me to write you about the ministry to the saints, 2for I know your eagerness, which is the subject of my boasting about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you may not prove to have been empty in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be; 4otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—in this undertaking. 5So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you, and arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you have promised, so that it may be ready as a voluntary gift and not as an extortion.

       6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9As it is written,


 “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;

    his righteousness endures forever.”


       10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.


Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.



Choral Anthem     God of Heaven


God of heaven

God of all the earth and sky

Great Creator

Master of all nature

Who gives birth to snow from heaven 

Holds the waves at ocean's edge

Gives the orders to the morning

Shows each dawn its place to shine

God of heaven

God of all the earth and sky


God of Ages

God who wrote the book of time

Sovereign Ruler

Alpha and Omega

Saints before he's guided safely

History's pages signed by him

Author of our days and hours

Things to come are held secure

God of Ages

Alpha and Omega


God of power

God who breaks the darkness

Righteous warrior

Champion of his children

Goes before us into battle

Good and evil bow to him

Those in bondage freed forever

Victories won at his command


God who heals us

God who gives us peace and hope

God who listens

Carries all our fragile dreams and heartaches wins and failures

Binds the broken 

Hides the weak

New beginnings freely offered

Who can make us whole again


God who heals us

God of power

God of Ages

God of heaven



Children’s Sermon



Hymn     # 21     Love Divine, All Loves Excelling          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Old Testament Reading:     Malachi 3:6-12


       6For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. 7Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, “How shall we return?”

       8Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. 12Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.


  

Sermon     “I Will Return to You”                    Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Joys and Concerns



Prayer of Thanksgiving, Dedication, and Intercession


The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families.  LUM supports loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.



Hymn     # 26     Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing          (Supplemental Hymnal)



Benediction   



Postlude     Voluntary          Maurice Greene