01-10-2021: “Now…Unto the Wilderness!”

January 10, 2021

(Baptism of Jesus)

~ WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME ~

Greeting

Call to Worship: (Responsively)

Pastor: Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

People: The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.

Pastor: The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

People: We ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name and we worship the Lord in the

splendor of His holiness. Amen. (Adapted from Psalm 29)

~ WE GIVE ADORATION & CONFESSION TO GOD ~

Prayer of Adoration

Confession and Words of Assurance

God of glory, you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light. Individually and collectively we turn away from the poor; we ignore the cries for justice; we do not strive for peace. In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin, and baptize us once again with your Spirit, that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory shining in the face of Jesus Christ. We now bring forth to you for forgiveness the things that weigh heaviest on our own hearts . . . (silent confession of sin) . . . Lord, hear our prayers. Amen.

~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson for the Pentateuch of the Old Testament: Genesis 1:1-5

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

Lesson from the Gospels: Mark 9:1-15

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

Sermon: “Now….Into the Wilderness”

  • 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

~ WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD ~

Presentation of Gifts & Offerings

~ THE LORD’S SUPPER ~

The PeacePass the peace with your neighbors with the following:

Offering: “The Peace of Christ be with you.” Acceptance: “And also with you.”

Holy Communion

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

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 our thanks and praise.

Great Thanksgiving and Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Words of Institution

Communion of the People

Communion Prayer (Unison)

God of Grace, you renew us at your table with the bread of life and make us one with Christ. May this food strengthen us in love and help us to serve you in each other. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord – Amen.

~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~

  • Charge and Benediction

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