LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday, January 16th, 2022 Worship Service
The Second Sunday of Epiphany
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PRELUDE 

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP
Do we dare to worship? How do we worship in places stripped of everything?
We worship in places where we encounter God.
What kinds of places can we worship?
Wherever God is to be found, the God of the poor, the God of the oppressed, the God of the stranger, the God of our neighbors, the God of our ancestors.
Do we dare try to worship when there is so much broken all around us?
We dare to worship, in places and among the people God calls Beloved, meeting the God of Justice in places of peace and hope. 
Let us together worship God.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS and SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE
May the peace of Christ be with you, and also with you.

Water is poured into the baptismal fount as we are reminded of the certainty of God’s love, grace and forgiveness.  Just as God spoke to Jesus at his baptism, these waters remind us that we are called God’s Very Own Beloved, making us a part of the family of God.  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and free, and united in the work of God’s Beloved Community.

       HYMN 5 God, Sculptor of the Mountains

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE 

 And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, All: And do not stop them!”

SCRIPTURE LESSON John 2:13-25

Since it was almost the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple, he found people selling cattle, sheep and pigeons, while moneychangers sat at their counters. 15 Making a whip out of cords, Jesus drove them all out of the Temple—even the cattle and sheep—and overturned the tables of the money changers, scattering their coins. 16 Then he faced the pigeon sellers: “Take all this out of here! Stop turning God’s house into a market!” 17 The disciples remembered the words of scripture: “Zeal for your house consumes me.” 18 The Temple authorities intervened and said, “What sign can you show us to justify what you’ve done?” 19 Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 They retorted, “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you’re going to raise it up in three days?” 21 But the temple he was speaking of was his body. 22 It was only after Jesus had been raised from the dead that the disciples remembered this statement and believed the scripture—and the words that Jesus had spoken. 23 While Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover festival, many people believed in him, for they could see the signs he was performing. 24 But Jesus knew all people, and didn’t entrust himself to them. 25 Jesus never needed evidence about people’s motives; he was well aware of what was in everyone’s heart.

This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God. 

SERMON

     MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION 

INVITATION TO OFFERING & PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
concluding with the 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 debts as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.  

HYMN 301 Let Us Build A House

CHARGE & BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE 


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Our worship this morning includes liturgy that is inspired by the work of the Spill the Beans Narrative Lectionary team and their resources.  We give thanks for our wonderful volunteers who provide worship leadership as liturgists, leading our children’s message, and running the audio and video equipment for our services. Books that helped inspire this morning's children message included If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul and Handling Your Ups and Downs by Joy Wilt.  Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-711930. All rights reserved

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