fouRth Sunday after epiphany

January 31, 2016


-Gathering into worship-

*Those that are able are invited to stand

 Welcome                                                                                             Gary Burdick, Lay Leader


Opening Psalm                                                                                         Psalm 71:1-6


*Call to Worship

Our hope is in God all of our lives.

God is a rock of refuge: a fortress against threat and shame.

God has held us since our birth.

So we are never in the full grasp of the unjust and cruel.

In love, God saves and supports us.

Trusting in God, we continually offer our praise!


*Hymn                                      “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”                                                 #110


*Opening Prayer


*Chorus                                              “Jesus Loves Me” (Verse 3)                                     #191

Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on my way,

Wanting as a friend to give light and love to all who live.

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




Anthem                                                      “Bless the Lord”                                                 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                            “Lord of All Hopefulness”                                          #2197

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                                  “O Young and Fearless Prophet”                                       #444


Scripture                                                                                                   Luke 4:21-30




-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

O Lord our Savior, we praise you for your constant care. We are grateful that you have claimed us as your own, that we belong to you as part of your people. Thank you for drawing us to this congregation where we share in worship and study, friendship and service with others who love you. Let our lives be useful for your purposes. We gladly give our tithes and offerings as a sign of the joy you give us, to share with the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.


*Closing Hymn                “Christ for the World We Sing”                                          #568




*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