Jan. 23rd Service

Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Choir: Shawn Pearce-Chambers and John Payne
Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers
Livestreaming: Shawn Pearce-Chambers

January 23rd, 2022                                              Third Sunday after Epiphany
PRELUDE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

Breathe Deeply: Eyes closed, breathe 3 or 4 slow deep breaths, as you silently invite God’s spirit to enlighten you.

Read Silently: Psalm 19: 1 – 4a: (God’s Voice, Proclaimed in Nature):
“The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard.
Yet, their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world”.

Reflect Thoughtfully: What does this truth mean in my life? How do I show this truth in my thoughts, words, and actions?

Pray Thankfully: Loving God, thank you for sharing your truth. Help me live your truth today in thoughts, words and actions.

SELECTED ANNOUNCEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Since time immemorial, First Peoples’ lives and spirituality have been deeply connected to this land. We acknowledge that the land we are worshipping on as the traditional lands of the Anishinabewaki, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat First Nations. This territory is governed by the Williams Treaties and Treaty Number Twenty. We give thanks for the stewardship of the first people of this land. May we challenge ourselves to live into the agreements of Truth and Reconciliation in our community of faith and in our daily lives.

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE 

WORDS OF WELCOME

One: To the Church gathered in the name of the triune God; the Creator, the Christ, and the Spirit: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of Proclamation.
ALL: And also with you.

WE GATHER FOR WORSHIP

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Beloved, let us love one another
ALL: Because love is from God. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: Jesus Christ came into the world since God loved us so much we are called to love one another Come Let us worship together!

HYMN OF PRAISE:  VU #262 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH 1: Prayers of Approach, Assent, and Affirmation

One: Please join together in our prayer of approach, confession, and affirmation. Let us pray:
ALL: Eternal God, radiant with grace, thaw our fears and snow-bound spirits; Make us shine through your Word, our Hope; Shine with your Spirit, our life; Shine with your peace, our Joy shine through the Christ, Jesus whose Word is our Light. Shine in our hearts, and deliver us from evil. We ask that the light of your presence will scatter the shadows of our misperception and our misdirection. That we might seek your face and be brought in to the full light of your holy presence. Through the Word, the Christ. Amen.
One: And this is the proclamation of the Gospel: The Kingdom of God has come near through Christ who has come to proclaim the Good News of God’s calling! Be assured that whenever we confess the misdirection in our lives, God is there to bless, to heal, and to make whole through the grace and peace of Christ. Amen.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNGAND EVERYONE: Five Actions of the Church in the World

Hymn of Families:  VU #87 “I am the Light of the World”

MINISTRY OF THE WORD

PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT

One: Spirit of Wisdom, who enlightens our minds to hear your word, our hearts to love your word, and our lives to be obedient to your word, we ask that you renew our vision. Give us your eyes to see with, your heart to feel with, and your spirit to share in light and in love.
ALL: Thanks be to God who for the Spirit and the Living Word, Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS (NRSV)

Nehemiah 8: 1–3
Acts 8: 26-31, 35
Luke 4: 14–21

One: This is the witness of Christ the Wisdom and the Word, revealed first through the Book of Nature, then through The Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets, and most perfectly revealed through Christ Jesus, the Living Word.
ALL: Thanks be to God for the Word, revealed through the Book of Nature, the Book of the Law, the Writings of the Prophets, and through Christ Jesus, the Living Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION:

One: This is the witness of Christ the Wisdom and the Word, revealed first through the Book of Nature, then through The Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets, and most perfectly revealed through Christ Jesus, the Living Word.
ALL: Amen.

SUNDAY MESSAGE:The Word of God, Revealed Through Nature, through the Law of Moses, Through the Writings of the Prophets, and through the Works, the Words and the Person of Jesus, the Christ and lived out through the five ministries of the Church: Kerygma (Proclamation) Koinonia (Fellowship), Liturgia (Worship), Diakonia (Service), and Didache (Direct Training).”

PRAYER OF DEDICATION & RESPONSE

One: Loving God of Creation, we give thanks that you have proclaimed your Loving Spirit through the Creation and the Natural World, which speaks through Nature’s beauty of You and your love. God of Mercy, we give thanks that you have proclaimed your Loving kindness through the Law of Moses, that has been shared throughout the world and throughout time. God of Freedom, of right relationships and of right living, we give thanks that you have proclaimed Liberty to those trapped by fear, oppression, and the cravings of selfish desires and unwanted habits. God in Christ, we give thanks that you proclaimed yourself through Jesus, the Living Word who has come to heal and make whole. Renew us today, through the power of your word. Cleanse us today, through the baptism of forgiveness. Make us whole today, through the work of Jesus, and commission us to proclaim your coming kingdom as John the Baptist proclaimed the arrival of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Amen.
ALL: We are not alone. We have faith in God, who has come in Jesus, the Word made Flesh, to reconcile and make new. Thanks be to God, Amen.

HYMN OF DEDICATION: VU #315 Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

We Bring our Gifts of Service and Support Before God
and for the Work of the Church

Minute for Missions, Moments for Memories, Messages from Ministries

We Offer our Gifts to the Work of the Spirit
All: (Sung Response): “What Shall I Bring?” MV 191

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH II: Adoration, Thanksgiving, Response, & Supplication

One: Loving God, Thank you for your Proclamation of the Kingdom that has come near in Christ.
All: we give you thanks.
One: Creative God, Thank you for your Proclamation through Nature, through the Hebrew Scriptures, the works of the Early Church, and through the Liberating Spirit of Christ, both in the Early Church, and in our own community and in our own age.
All: We give you thanks.
One: Faithful God, thank you for the work of your ministry that has been faithfully carried out through the body of Christ at Eldad United Church, and at Hampton United Church. We give you thanks for the Spirit in these communities that have proclaimed your Word, worshiped your Spirit, United together in one accord, Served these communities in love and generosity, and faithfully trained others up in the gospel of the Kingdom of God that has come near in Christ Jesus.
All: We give you thanks.
One: So now, Loving God, we bring our petitions to you, so that your Spirit will enable the church to proclaim your gospel in this community, worship together in thankfulness, serve each other in humility, join together, in unity, and learn together in sincerity so that your gospel will be proclaimed in this community at this time, through these people.
All: Loving God, hear our prayer, and answer.
One: Almighty God, we lament the rising tension between the nations of the earth and we pray that your peace will extend in the tension between Russia and Ukraine. We call out the militarism of China’s oligarchy as it sees this moment in time to consolidate power and hegemony through force and fear. We pray for peace for the freedom of Christ to reign in this situation.
All: Loving God, hear our prayer, and answer.
One: We lift up our friends and fellow believers at Trinity United in Bowmanville as they make difficult decisions about how to end their church community. We pray that your people will gather around and support, uplift, and care for this family in Christ as they grieve the loss of their faith community. We pray that you will touch the hearts of individuals to demonstrate your Koinonia, your community, care and concern and express this through tangible acts of love and kindness.
All: Loving God, hear our prayer, and answer.
One: Great physician, we mourn the illness disability and despair that the Covid epidemic has had in its impact on families. And we especially think of those in our church family here who have experienced illness, separation, loneliness and isolation due to this terrible disease. We pray that, through your church, you will open opportunities for true diakonia, works of loving service and care to arise so that victims of the pandemic can see your loving spirit at work through your saints.
All: Loving God, hear our prayer, and answer.
One: At this time, Loving God, we pray that you bring to mind loved ones and friends who seek your loving kindness for healing, for fellowship, and for consolation, and we bring these individuals before you, either in the silence of our own thoughts, or spoken in the midst of the assembly both here in the sanctuary and in our homes as we worship together through the internet.

(Pause for spoken or silent intercessory prayer from members of the Congregation}
One: Loving God, we give thanks that you have hear our voices, that you  know our hearts, and that you respond through the liberating work of the Holy Spirit in Christ who taught us to pray, saying:

ALL:        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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Weekly Selections from “A Song of Faith, 2006”.

One: Let us stand and declare together a portion of our shared faith from our creed: “A Song of Faith.”
One: Today, our thoughts spoke of the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God that comes through the Natural world of Creation, as described in our contemplative passage Psalm 19, and through the proclamation of the Law of Moses as read to the people of Israel in the Book of Nehemiah, and through the Proclamation of the Church and its Apostles, just as Philip shared the word with the Ethiopian Steward, and through the life and words of Jesus of Nazareth, the living Word, who shared the Proclamation of the coming Kingdom with his own religious community where he grew up. Our poetic Creed, “A Song of Faith” helps shape the way that the United Church of Canada views the proclamation of scripture in our own day and age, in your life, and in mine. As our own affirmation of the role of scripture in our own lives, let us stand together, as we are able, and recite aloud the United Church’s understanding of the work of scripture in the twenty-first century: Please join with me, saying:
ALL:
Scripture is our song for the journey, the living word

passed on from generation to generation
to guide and inspire,
that we might wrestle a holy revelation for our time and place
from the human experiences
and cultural assumptions of another era.
God calls us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.
The Spirit breathes revelatory power into scripture,
bestowing upon it a unique and normative place
in the life of the community.
The Spirit judges us critically when we abuse scripture
by interpreting it narrow-mindedly,
using it as a tool of oppression, exclusion, or hatred.
The wholeness of scripture testifies
to the oneness and faithfulness of God.
The multiplicity of scripture testifies to its depth:
two testaments, four gospels,
contrasting points of view held in tension—
all a faithful witness to the One and Triune God,
the Holy Mystery that is Wholly Love.
Grateful for God’s loving action,
We cannot keep from singing.

SENDING FORTH: WE GO OUT RENEWED IN LOVE

HYMN: VU #43 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

CHORALE

Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE AND POST-SERVICE

THE END OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF SERVICE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST


Sources:
*Go Now in Peace. Words by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Music by Don Besig. © Copyright MCMLXXXVIII, Harold Flammer, Inc. All Rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-727078.