“the Baptism of the Lord”

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                                               

Call to Worship (adapted form Psalms 29)

Leader: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name,

People: worship the Lord in holy splendor.

Leader: The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

People: the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

Leader: The voice of the Lord is powerful, and is full of majesty.

People: Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn               “Morning Has Broken”  PH# 469

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace. In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.(Please take a moment for silent reflection)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

                                               

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7

New Testament Reading: Acts 8:14-17

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22              

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Message       

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Ordination and Installation of Ruler Elders and Deacons (see insert)

 

Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Prayers of the People

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

God of grace, it is our delight and our devotion to give these gifts to you. All we are and all we have are yours alone. Accept this joyful offering as a token of our abiding love: use it to bring peace, justice and comfort to all the world, Amen!

 

*Hymn     “Let Us Break Bread Together” PH# 513         

 

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper                                       page #13

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

The Raising of the Cup

Communion of the people

Prayer after communion

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn         “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” PH# 276

                       

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth              “Song of Hope” PH #432

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                          

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.