01-03-2021: “Did We Get It Right This Time?”

January 3, 2021

(2nd Sunday of Christmas)

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: Praise the Lord.

People: How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

Pastor: The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the exiles of Israel.

People: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Pastor: Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.

People: For He strengthens the bars of your gates, and blesses your people within you.

Pastor: He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

ALL: WE PRAISE THE LORD NOW AND FOREVER! (Adapted from Psalm, 147)

~ WE GIVE ADORATION & CONFESSION TO GOD ~

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Words of Assurance

God, your heart breaks with love for us, yet we wander away from you. Although we are citizens under your rule, we live as if we were our own rulers. You call us, but we do not follow. We scatter your flock, such as when someone is being abused and we do nothing because we do not want to get involved. By the blood of the Lamb, forgive us. By your Spirit, revive our dedication to following your voice. Amen.

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson for the Major Prophets of the Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:7-14

Lesson from the Epistles of the New Testament: Ephesians 1:3-14

“The Word of our Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Lesson from the Gospels: John 1:1-18

“The Gospel of the Lord,” “Praise to You, O Christ”

Sermon: “Did We Get It Right This Time?”,John 1:1-14

  • Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s 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 Spirit, 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 Spirit; The holy catholic church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the Body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People& The Lord’s Prayer

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

  • Prayer of Dedication

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

  • Charge and Benediction

Remember: “Fead Your Faith – Not Your Fear!”