*Those that are able are invited to stand


Welcome and Announcements


- Gathering into worship - 

Introit                               Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                                  Choir


*Call to Worship

One:  In the beginning when God created

All:  A wind swept over the waters,
        A breath warmed the dark voids,
        A Spirit called forth creation.

One:  God gave in grace:
All:  Let there be light for all to see,
         Let there be water for all to splash in,
         Let there be life in the midst of death
        Yes, let there be life beyond death.

One:  And God invited and invites us to respond, rejoicing!
All:  It was good,
         It was awesome and awe-filled,

One:  It is good.


*Hymn                                     “This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now”                                       #608


*Opening Prayer


*Hymn                                                 “Jesus Loves Me”                                                      #191


- Meditation on God’s word -


Scripture                                                                                                              Matthew 3:13-17

Children’s Sermon


*Hymn                                  “When Jesus Came to Jordan”                                            #252




*Prayer                                    “Covenant Prayer of Wesley”                                           #607


- Renewing Our Covenant -


Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant                                                                 #50

in The United Methodist Hymnal


*Hymn                              “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise”                                    #611


Remembering Our Baptism


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.


- Sharing our blessings -


Offering Prayer

Holy God, we are reminded this morning as we remember Christ's baptism how you stooped to meet us eye to eye in Christ, reassuring us through your presence. So now, as we give our gifts to you, help us to see the faces of those who will look to us for a touch of compassion and love: our words of kindness, our arms of comfort, and our generous gifts. Meet in us the longing we have to hear your voice speak, "This is my beloved child, with whom I am pleased!" We pray this in the name that is above all others, Jesus the Christ. Amen.


Offering our Gifts and Tithes


- Taking the Word to the World -


*Hymn                           “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters”                                #605

(Verses 1 & 3)



*Hymn                                         “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.






One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings,

Human Relations Day calls us to extend a helping hand to those in crisis so they can overcome formidable obstacles.

The offering supports community developers, united voluntary services and youth offender rehabilitation programs.







905 Mifflin Ave


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith