Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

11:00 AM Worship††† †††††††††† Second Sunday after the Epiphany††††††††† ††††15 January 2012

 

GATHERING

†† Prelude††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F. Birkholz

 

GREETING AND WELCOME †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

INTROIT††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†† With Grateful Heart, I Thank You, Lord†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† M.K. Beall

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

†† Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.

†† As we gather in this place, allow your Spirit to fill our very being.

†† As we worship today,

††††† we remember our brothers and sisters

††††† who are worshiping elsewhere throughout the world.

†† Inspire each of us to work more faithfully

††††† for justice and dignity of life everywhere.

†† Raise our vision above the barriers

††††† of color, culture, and creed that separate us.

†† Give us wisdom as we deal with one another.

†† Help us to recognize and to respect different ways,

††††† rather than to judge.

†† In the Spirit of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve,

††††† we now must walk in the world.

†† We must reach out our hands with help

††††† and open our hearts in love.

†† Awake in us the desire to seek your way of serving you in the world.

†† Amen.

 

*HYMNUMH 393

†† Spirit of the Living God††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Living God

 

*PRAYERin unison

†† God of all nations, we praise you that in Christ

††††† the barriers that have separated humanity are torn down.

†† Yet we confess our slowness to open our hearts and minds

††††† to those of other lands, tongues, and races.

†† Deliver us from the sins of fear and prejudice,

††††† that we may move toward the day

††††† when all are truly one in Jesus Christ.Amen.

††

ANTHEM

†† Show Me the Way††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DeYoung/Althouse

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

FIRST READING

†† Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

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SECOND READING

†† John 1:43-51

 

†† The Word of the Lord.

†† Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDRENíS MESSAGE

†† Following the message, children from K-3 are invited to attend the Junior Church program.

 

SERMON

†† Can Anything Good Come Out of ____________ ?

 

*HYMN

†† In Christ There Is No East or West†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Land of Rest

 

†† In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north;

†† but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

 

†† In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find;

†† his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

 

†† In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free;

†† both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.

 

†† In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north;

†† all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.

 

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

†† Response:

†† Lord, in your mercy,

†† hear our prayer.

 

THE LORDíS PRAYERin unison

††† 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into

††† temptation, but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom and the power and†††

††† the glory, forever.Amen.

 

*THE PEACE

 

OFFERING

†† Prayer from Der Freischutz†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C. Von Weber

 

*DOXOLOGYUMH 95

 

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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*HYMNUMH 557

†† Blest Be the Tie That Binds††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dennis

 

*BENEDICTION

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*GOING FORTH

†† Classical Postlude††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R.J. Hughes

 

*Those who are able are invited to stand.