Today’s guest speaker is Rev. Dave Mason
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INTROIT “There is Something About That Name” CHOIR
CALL TO WORSHIP
LEADER: Listen, friends! God is speaking!
PEOPLE: God’s voice whispers to us in the stillness.
LEADER: It thunders across the skies.
PEOPLE: It breaks out from the heavens.
LEADER: All creation proclaims the glory of the Lord.
PEOPLE: God also speaks through the Word.
LEADER: That Word took on flesh to make God known to us.
PEOPLE: The Word is truth and life.
LEADER: The Word proclaims the promises and purposes of God.
ALL: Listen, friends! God is speaking!
INVOCATION Rev. Mason
HYMN “Wonderful Words of Life” Page 29
CALL OF CONFESSION: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. God who is faithful and just will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In humility and faith, let us confess our sin to God:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION: Our memories are short, Eternal God, and we need your nudges to remember Your blessings. We get caught up in the worries and wrinkles of living and use sight of Your abiding presence. The urgent and the necessary crowd out playful thanksgiving and heartfelt gratitude. We stray from Your Word, reading it and praying about it. Forgive us, faithful God for outward obedience and inner resistance. Let Your light brighten our way, Your peace ease our anxious moments, Your love heal our troubled minds, Your joy kindle our memory and hope. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen
ASSURANCE OF PARDON - What amazing love is this, that God never cuts us off from compassion and mercy? We are loved, we are forgiven. Friends, this is Good News! Alleluia! Amen.
*Time of silent prayer. Amen
Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
Response - Gloria Patri
ANTHEM “It’s Beginning to Rain” CHOIR
The Word of God
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON Nehemiah 8: 1 - 3, 5 - 6, 8 - 10
8 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God!
SERMON: “People of the Book”
Responding to the Word
HYMN: “How Firm a Foundation” Page 32
APOSTLE’S CREED (found inside the back cover of the hymnal)
Presentation of Tithes and Offering
OFFERTORY “Heaven Came Down” CHOIR
DOXOLOGY (Hymnal Page 382)
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
CHURCH JOYS AND CONCERNS
BIRTHDAYS Dave Cummings, Becky Phillips, Wendy Liggett, Tom Blackhurst, Wyatt Miller, Susie Rich, Riley Ewing, Brittany Hanes, John Morgan, Dylan Ward, April Waltz, Ida Reese
ANNIVERSARIES Ed and Carol Horne
JOYS AND CONCERNS - We were able to remove some names from our on-going prayer list, Mike Durila Sr., Andrea Gregor, Justin Hagon and Lisa Marshall. Prayer Works!
Frank Baker would like prayer for his sister, Grace in England for her transitional care.
Family of Elmer Doman
Family of Tori Crowe
Family of Randy Russell
Family of Rob Holden
Family of Jim Headley
Family of Nancy Burns
Family of Florence Diesel
Continued prayers for Susan Schively, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Chuck Dicks, June and Keith McGill, Glenn Miles, Roger Riggs, Tim Knabenshue, Frank Huffman, Nellie and Frank Baker, Tom Westfall, Mary Ann Durila, Elaine Belcascro, Sandy Stone, Diane Bednarski, Matt Petrola, Ray Dyson, Diana Donaldson, Laura Davis, Nancy Hepinger, Betsy Martin, Ed Horne, Sarah Wilson, Amy Wigner, Robin Durila and Bill Poland.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
BENEDICTION - So we are here O Lord, joining all generations before us, anticipating all the generations to come after us, making one age-long world- size sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. All glory and honor to You for making us, for wanting us, for receiving us, for hearing us, for loving us in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
POSTLUDE “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” CHOIR
We welcome all who have come to join us in the worship of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come again. If you are visiting with us today, please let us know that we might welcome you into our church family.
Remember our Food Collection. - And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6: 37. Please let Betty Fisher know if you are aware of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
Envelopes for 2022 are in the vestibule. There are names with new numbers. We are using boxes from this past year, so we don’t need to buy new ones. The DATES will be WRONG. If you have any questions, please ask Garnet.
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held next Sunday, January 30th immediately following the Worship Service. Please plan on staying for this very important meeting as we select new officers and discuss future plans for our church.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.