Answering the Call
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Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Call to Worship
As we gather as God's children on this Sunday after Christmas, we continue to feel the excitement that comes with the arrival of the Baby Jesus. And although the presents have been opened, the greatest gift of all is here for us to enjoy all year long. As we do our best to look forward to a new year, let us take with us the memories and accomplishments from days past. On this last Sunday of the year help us to reflect on your loving guiding presence that has been with each of us, every day.
Call to Confession
It is in our confession that we realize our desires for God and our hope for God’s mercy. It is in admitting the truth of our lives that we take the first step toward wholeness and healing. So let us make our confession this day.
Prayer of Confession
We come to you this day, gracious Lord, exhausted from all the activities of the season. It seems that we spend so much energy, time and resources in preparation, and then when it is over, we collapse. We wonder what happened to all the enthusiasm we had. Lord, forgive us for placing our energies in getting and gathering. Give us peace and strength to renew our commitment to you. Remind us again to look around at the many ways in which we can be of service to you by serving others. We ask it all in your Holy Name. Amen.
Time of Personal Reflection
Assurance of Pardon
In Christ there is no east or west,
In him no south or north,
But one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.
In Jesus Christ, there is new life.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Hymn: The First Noel
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
and born of the virgin Mary.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
On the third day he arose 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 living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of Illumination
Moses and the Burning Bush
Sermon: Answering the Call
Hymn: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give God thanks and praise
Church Joys and Concerns
If you have a joy or concern to share that is not listed below, and you feel comfortable doing so, you may share it in the comments.
Dec 27 Chip Rogers
28 Debbie Marton
30 Lyndon Herschell
31 Tom Miller, Jr
Jan 2 Garnet Welling, Robbie Mundell
3 Bevery Calhoun
Jan 1 John and Donna West
Added to our prayer chain this week was Tim Knabenshue (Debbie Durila’s brother) who has COVID and is in isolation.
Continued prayers for Roma Grose, Ruth Hampe, Susan Schively, Jimmy Davis, Judy Donaldson, Margo Johnson, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Lisa Phillips, Mickey Gubitti, Chip Rogers, Dixie Avoila, Virginia Coffield, Dennis McWreath, Chuck Warlow, Chuck Dicks, Randy Moore, Margaret Knabenshue, Janet Schively, Mary Ann Durila, Patty Nagey, Dr. Craig Fox, Karen Eisiminger, Kelley Gump, Mary Ann McFeeley, Ed Horne, Donna West, June and Keith McGill, Dianna Donaldson, Chuck Montecello, April Hincy, Glenn Miles, Dave Cummings, Ken Jackson, Doug Ward, Mark Knabenshue, Rick McFeeley, Ricky Amos, Deron Wood, Susan Alberti, Bryan Dunn, Dana Wilson, Marge McWreath, Marlene Huffman, Debbie Kelley, Seth Cummings (3 yrs old) dental surgery on 31st.
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Go Tell It On the Mountain
Charge and Benediction
We're so glad you decided to join us this morning for Pastor Gary's last Sunday at North Buffalo.
If you need anything during this time, please contact a session member. If you have a request for our prayer chain, or announcements to add to our weekly joys and concerns, please contact Linda Miller. If you need food from our food pantry, please contact Becky Phillips.
12/27/2020 05:59:17 pm
Dear Pastor Gary
12/27/2020 06:38:21 pm
Gary, Thank you so much for your service, your dedication, and your love to all in this congregation, You will be dearly missed. And again thank you for your care of my parents at every dinner, at every occasion, at every everything. You are the best. God bless and go with you and Kathy. Marilyn
1/1/2021 11:07:53 am
Dear Pastor Gary, I can’t thank you enough for the joy and acceptance you have shown me. Your humor and love of music has made you even more endearing. My husband and I especially are thankful for your presence in our time of need at the hospital. Joy and Love, Janet
1/2/2021 07:02:13 pm
I want to thank you Pastor Gary for the last 25 years at North Buffalo. You have always gone beyond preaching on Sunday mornings. You have always been involved in the Strawberry Festival, Church picnics and Christmas plays. I love how you and Frank Baker have always done the skits for Vacation Bible School. That’s was always the highlight for the kids. I hope you enjoy your retirement. You will be missed.
8/19/2022 07:10:08 am
Greatt post thankyou
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