third Sunday after epiphany

January 24, 2016


-Gathering into worship-

*Those that are able are invited to stand

 Welcome                                                                                             Gary Burdick, Lay Leader


Opening Psalm                                                                                               Psalm 19


*Call to Worship

One: God built the heavens, the earth, and everything in them.

All: God calls us to be builders as well.

One: God calls us to build our lives:

All: to restore broken places and continue to grow.

One: God calls us to build our faith:

All: to study the Word and ponder its interpretation.

One: God calls us to build our community:

All: to build bridges of understanding and systems of justice.

One: God calls us to build history by fulfilling the promises of Scripture:

All: to preach the good news of God’s love and liberation for all people.


*Hymn                             “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”                                 #64


*Opening Prayer

Holy One, thank you for the gift of this new day.

Help us to stay attentive to your creation and mindful of your teachings as we travel through it in our worship today.

Empower us to see and spread the good news of your grace for all people. Amen.


*Chorus                                              “Jesus Loves Me” (Verse 2)                                     #191

Jesus loves me! This I know, As He loved so long ago

Taking children on His knee, Saying, "Let them come to Me."

Yes, Jesus loves me! (x3) The bible tells me so.




Anthem                                                    “Go Into The World”                                          Choir                                                                      


Children’s Sermon


-Offering Our Prayers-

You are invited to share your prayer concerns by writing them on the Prayer Request cards and placing them in the offering plate.


Prayer Hymn                                      “Loving Spirit”                                                    #2123

in The Faith We Sing


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

                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.  


-Exploring the word-


*Hymn                                  “Open My Eyes, That I May See”                                       #454


Scripture                                                                                                    Luke 4:14-21




-Sharing our blessings-


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes


*Doxology                         “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Refrain)                            #238

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!  Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


*Offering Prayer

God of life and of new life, bless these gifts that we have given that they may further your reign in this world, Amen.


*Closing Hymn                             “Gather Us In”                                                      #2236

in The Faith We Sing




*Chorus                                    “I Love to Tell the Story” (refrain only)                                     #156

I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.





If you can help us make soup for our upcoming Soup Dinner Fundraiser,

there is a sign-up sheet and recipes in the narthex OR see Beth Agnew.

Suggested quantity is a minimum of four quarts.

Soup should be delivered cold on the day of the dinner at 3pm.

If you need to schedule another delivery time, please contact the church office.




Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

 Where Faith and Life Meet


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith