Our Gatherings



Dear Family of Faith,

We gather together again in virtual worship this Sunday. You can join at this link: https://youtu.be/mtD2kkbnnE8

A copy of the bulletin can be found below

Please let us know if you have any difficulty accessing the link or downloading the documents.

Peace be with you,
Hana



January 17, 2020

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

First Presbyterian Church of Greene County, Bloomfield, IN

 

Prelude:

Pastoral Greeting, Rev. Hana Elliott

 Call to Worship:

  Leader: Come and see, come and see!

People: We come to see for ourselves who this Jesus person is.

Leader: Come and see, come and see!

People: We come with open hearts to experience Jesus.

Leader: Come and see, come and see!

People: We come to follow Jesus.

Leader: Come and see, come and see!

People: We come to deepen our relationship with God.

Leader: Come and see, come and see!

People: Yes, Lord we come to follow you!

 

Hymn: “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”                            (tune: MIT FREUDEN ZART)

                    Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,

                    The God of pow’r, the God of love, the God of our salvation;

                    With healing balm my soul He fills, and every faithless murmur stills:

                    To God all praise and glory.

 

                    The Lord is never far away, but through all grief distressing,

                    An ever-present help and stay, our peace, and joy, and blessing;

                    As with a mother’s tender hand, He leads His own, His chosen band:

                    To God all praise and glory.

 

Call to Confession: (Ephesians 2:4-6)

Even when we were dead through our sin, our merciful and loving God made us alive together with Christ and raised us up through him. In humility and faith let us confess our sin to God.

 

Prayer of Confession:

Merciful and loving God, you have called us to be your people and claimed us for the service of Jesus Christ. We confess that we have not lived up to our calling to proclaim the good news in word and deed. We are quick to speak when we ought to listen and remain silent when it is time to speak. We put too much faith in our own actions and fail to trust the strength of your Spirit. O God, forgive our foolish and sinful ways. Strengthen us anew to follow Christ’s way in the world. By your Holy Spirit, give us the grace we need to be faithful disciples and fulfill our common calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness: (Ephesians 2:8)

By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.

 

Passing of the Peace: (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Lead a life worthy of your calling—with humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

 

Prayer for Illumination:

Send us your Holy Spirit, O God, that these words might speak to us as your word, and our lives bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

First Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. 3You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is so high that I cannot attain it.

13For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. 15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  16Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. 17How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18I try to count them−they are more than the sand; I come to the end –I am still with you.

 

Second Scripture Reading: John 1:43-51

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?  You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

  Leader: This is the Word of our Lord

People: Let our thanks and praise be to God!

 

Sermon: “Can Anything Good Come Out of Bloomfield?”

 

Affirmation of Faith: (from A Brief Statement of Faith)

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the rein of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

 

Call to Offering: (Hebrews 13:16)

Do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

 

Prayer of Dedication: (by Gill Le Fevre)

Almighty God, who made us who we are, we offer all of ourselves to You.

Take our talents, our energy and our joy, and use us to share Your love.

Take our mistakes, our regrets and our pain, and use us to bring Your healing. Magnify the gifts we offer before You today, to spread Your peace in the world. Amen.

 

Doxology:

  Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

    Praise God all creatures here below,

      Praise God above ye heavenly host,

        Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession:

God of all kindness, you gave your only Son, because you loved the world so much.

We pray for the peace of the world. Move among us by your Spirit, break down barriers of fear, suspicion, and hatred. Heal the human family of its divisions and unite it in the bonds of justice and peace.

We pray for our country. Enrich our common life; strengthen the forces of truth and goodness; teach us to share prosperity, that those whose lives are impoverished may pass from need and despair to dignity and joy.

We pray for those who suffer. Surround them with your love, support them with your strength, console them with your comfort, and give them hope and courage beyond themselves.

We pray for our families, for those whom we love. Protect them at home; support them in times of difficulty and anxiety, that they may grow together in mutual love and understanding, and rest content in one another.

We pray for the Church. Keep us true to the gospel and responsive to the gifts and needs of all. Make known your saving power in Jesus Christ, by the witness of our faith, our worship, and our life.

We pray in Jesus’ name, and using the words He taught us, saying, … Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name. They 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.

 

Choral Response:

  Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord,

    Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen.

 

Hymn: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”                                                (tune: WOODWORTH)

                        Just as I am, without one plea,

                    but that Thy blood was shed for me,

                   And that Thou biddst me come to Thee−

                   O Lamb of God I come, I Come!

 

                   Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

                   Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

                   Because Thy promise I believe,

                   O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

 

                   Just as I am, Thy love unknown

                   Hath broken every barrier down;

                   Now, to be Thine, yes, Thine alone,

                   O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

 

Charge & Blessing:

Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak, and help the suffering; honor all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen.

 

Choral Response: “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy blessing”             (tune: SICILIAN MARINERS)

          Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, fill our hearts with joy and peace,

            Let us each, Thy love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace.

              O refresh us, O refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.