Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Welcoming, Announcements and Greeting:
Call to Worship:
Jesus Christ, friend to all,
Give us the grace and the love to stretch out our arms wide and embrace, in your name, all those whom you love, especially those persons with disabilities.
Jesus Christ, hope of all the nations,
Help us to be a church that is welcoming and accepting, and which sees in everyone an expression of you.
Pour out your Spirit upon us, we pray,
That we may recognize and promote the gifts of all people, so that each of us may, in our own ways and with our own abilities, participate in the mission of Jesus Christ.
All: Give us the courage to be lights of welcome in the
darkness of exclusion, a voice of gentleness in the wilderness of the unheard, and an outstretched hand of love to those longing for community, that we may welcome in Christ’s name all who are sent our way. Amen!
♪Song of Praise: The Power of Your Love (please stand)
Presentation of Gifts, Tithes, and Offerings:
It is our broken human nature that excludes. It is our fractured humanity that neglects. Something about our sinful nature that would rather not be bothered with those who need out attention and compassion.
All of us have wounds. Each one of us is broken in one or more ways. Not one of us is perfect.
But we are all loved by God. We are all given the same grace and mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is with Thanksgiving for God’s amazing grace that we give to God, for Jesus promises that one glorious day he will return to fully bring his Kingdom of Righteousness on earth as it is in heaven. And we shall be like him! Let us give our tithes and offerings in Thanksgiving and joy.
♪Doxology: #809 (please stand)
Prayer of Dedication:
Bless these tithes and offerings, we pray, in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, and prays with us,
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!
Children may go to Sunday School
♪Hymn: #678 In the Bulb There Is a Flower (please stand)
Prayer of Illumination:
The New Testament Reading:
Mark 10:13-16 and Mark 11:15-19 Ann Scott
Response to the Lesson: Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon: Unity in Our Diversity: Those with Disabilities and Special Abilities
Reverend Louis LaFazia
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Concern:
♪Hymn: #519 It Is Well with My Soul verses 1, 2 and 4 (please stand)
Benediction: (please remain standing)