January 30, 2022

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

10:20AM


Welcome and Announcements






Prelude




Call To Worship


L: Offer God your worship and your praise. 

P: Before God formed us in our mothers’ wombs, God knew and loved us. 

L: Offer Christ your love and your devotion. 

P: Before we drew our first breath, Christ consecrated us as his own. 

L: Offer the Spirit your gratitude and your thanksgiving. 

P: Before we heard the call to heal the world, the Spirit sustained our every heartbeat. 

L: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 

P: We will offer God our worship and our praise.


Opening Prayer



*Hymn #463

“How Firm a Foundation”



*Call To Confession



*Prayer Of Confession

Source of truth and love, we yearn for certainty in an uncertain world. Grant us the courage to proclaim the words you place in our mouths. Remind us that your love alone softens the heart and mind, allowing us to receive your mysterious ways. When we fear that others will not see things our way, remind us that we all see in a mirror dimly. Silence the clanging cymbals that distract us, and hearken us to your voice once more, that we may abide in your love. Amen.

*Silent Prayer Of Confession


*Assurance Of Pardon


* Gloria Patri #581


Children’s Chat

Prayer For Illumination





First Lesson


Jeremiah 1:4-10

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.” Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

The Second Lesson:


1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.




Sermon

“Love, the Basis of Everything”

Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi



*Affirmation Of Faith

Apostles’ Creed

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, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again 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 quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen



*Hymn #286

“Breathe on Me, Breath of God”


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns




Pastoral Prayer






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. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.




Call To Offering




Offertory


*Doxology #606


*Unison Prayer of Dedication

Gracious and loving God, receive our gifts of self and substance. We give them freely, joyfully, prayerfully. With them we celebrate the great power that is love—a love that abides always, and a love that makes us whole. Amen.



*Hymn #366

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”




Benediction






* Hymn #601


“Amen”




Postlude