Gathering Around the Word
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Great is God’s love for His people!
Even when we fail, God’s love is there.
He is patient, kind, and gentle toward us.
Who are we that God would have a heart for us?
God doesn’t leave us in our lowly estate, He takes us in,
transforms us and makes us like His Son.
O what a God, the only God that we serve who makes
a way of salvation for His creation.
Worship Him today and everyday! For great are His ways,
unfailing is His love, wonderful are His promises, and perfect
are His plans!
“God of Grace and God of Glory # 307
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Father, just one week ago we read that to claim we belong to You and still walk in sin makes us out to be liars. You call us to fight and deny temptation, You give us the strength to flee from the evil one and yet here we are another week where we have fallen short. We come guilty, saddened, and grieving the many ways where we have disobeyed You. We confess that we have failed to turn from sin and in many ways have returned to habitual sin. We look to You for Mercy, O God. We look to You and Your righteousness as our only hope. Forgive us and deliver us from the guilt that weighs heavy upon us. Lift our heads by Your grace
and though we may sin today, continue working in us, making each of us more like Your Son. AMEN
Time of Silent Prayer:
Assurance of Pardon
Response – Gloria Patri # 581
Passing of the peace
Prayer of illumination
Scripture Reading: Jonah 4
Sermon text: 1 John 2: 7-11
*HYMN “I Love to Tell the Story” # 462
*Apostles Creed (next to Prayer List)
Presentation of tithes and offering
*Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the people
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN “Just a Closer Walk with Thee # 835
For the Family of Rebeca Baker
Daughter of Jim Nelan
For the Family of Terry Weaver
Brother-in-law of Nellie Baker
Remember our food collection. And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Please let Betty Fisher know of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
We are looking for interested individuals who would like to join the choir. If you are interested, please let Don Herschell, Debbie Durila or myself know.
Session meets Monday night at 7 p.m.
WOW meets Wednesday January 24 at 9:30 a.m. weather permitting.
Remember next Sunday is our congregational meeting after church. There will also be a luncheon in the social hall.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.