Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
February 17, 2019
Gathering in God’s Name
*Please stand if you are able
Welcome / Life and Work of the Church
Lighting the Christ Candle
Call to Worship:
draws crowds poor and rich, fragile, troubled, hope-filled:
He heals them all.
draws crowds of neighbors and foreigners, the pious and the curious.
He teaches them all.
draws crowds hoping for a rallying cry, a slogan, a catchphrase of power.
He surprises them all with beatitudes instead.
Let us welcome the One who leads us deeply into the generous power of the Reign of God, where healing, wisdom, and blessing await!
*Hymn: “Morning has Broken”
Voices United # 409
[During the singing of this hymn please come forward and put your coins in the Mission and Service Piggy Bank to celebrate February birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.]
Prayer of Approach:
Healer, teacher, leader.
Break in to our busy lives today and draw us to yourself.
Open our lives to receive all that you have to offer: a healing touch, an enlightening word, a call to do your work of justice in the world.
Shake up our lives so that we may enter Your reign of beatitudes,
where the poor are fed,
the excluded are welcomed,
the sorrowing consoled and
the lost find a home among us.
In your holy name we pray. Amen!
Call to Confession
The human heart is confusing—who can understand it?
We so easily turn away from our God, trusting our limited insight and power alone, and are surprised when we end up weary, confused, in a barren wilderness place.
Let us reflect for a moment on where we experience this wilderness in our lives.
Let us seek forgiveness of the One who desires us to trust and find abundant life in God
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Congregational Sung Response:
Voices United # 948
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer:
when I call answer me.
O God, hear my prayer, O God hear my prayer: come and listen to me.
Assurance of Grace:
Our God, who knows the heart, awaits us in prayer, in reflection, in surprising encounter and leads us to springs of grace and forgiveness.
Let us drink deep, and know that God is good.
Passing the Peace
*Children’s Hymn: “You Are Holy”
More Voices # 45
(3 verses) You are holy
You are freedom
You are justice
Ministry of Music
Proclaiming God’s Word
Those who trust in God are like trees planted by water.
Jeremiah 17: 5 – 10
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Blessed are those who follow God’s law.
Psalm 1 Voices United Page 724
The Beatitudes upon the plain.
Luke 6: 17–26
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church
Thanks be to God
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn: “Precious Lord, Take My hand”
Voices United # 670
Call to Offering
Luke’s Beatitudes: --Blessings and Woes--
Reverse all the conventional wisdom and certainty about “How things just are!” in our world.
Let’s offer our gifts generously today, to tip the balance in favor of abundant life.
*Offertory Response: (Voices United #541)
Praise God from whom all blessing flow;
praise God, all creature high and low;
give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit, One.
*Prayer of Dedication:
With these gifts, dear God, accept the praise and thanksgiving of our hearts, which rejoice in your goodness and love.
Let our gifts point to your presence in the world.
In Jesus’ name.
Sharing our Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People / Lord’s Prayer
We Go Forth to Live as Christians in the World
“Praise, My Soul. The God of Heaven”
Voices United # 240
Let us go forth rejoicing, working with God to create a reality of beatitude, where hunger is no more, sorrow is comforted, and justice is known far and wide. Amen.
Choral Benediction: “Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see,
God will be there watching from above.
God now in peace, in faith and in love.
Amen, amen, amen.