Welcome and Announcements
- Gathering into worship -
*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” UMH #608
- Meditation on God’s word -
Scripture Matthew 3:13-17
*Hymn “When Jesus Came to Jordan” UMH #252
Message Remember Rev. Kelly J. Smith
*Prayer “Covenant Prayer of Wesley” UMH #607
- Renewing Our Covenant -
Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant UMH #50
*Hymn “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise” UMH #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.
Reception into Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church
- Sharing our blessings -
Holy God of redemption and transformation, this morning we remember the baptism of Jesus, as well as our own. Though there was nothing in your son that needed cleansing, we know our insides are not that clear. We have dark, dirty corners that cannot be redeemed through gifts of money or good deeds. Only as we accept and acknowledge your gifts of grace through Christ can we be made clean, healthy, and whole. We give as those who are dependent on your grace, and we pray that our gifts will help others know the cleansing power of grace as well. In the name of Christ who died for us, we pray. Amen.
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Hymn “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters” (Verse 1) UMH #605
Leader: Once again we have been refreshed by the waters of baptism.
People: Let it be so now; for it is proper for us, in this way, to fulfill all righteousness.
Leader: The heavens are opened to you, the Holy Spirit is available to you, and God affirms, “You are my beloved, well-pleasing in my sight!”
People: May it always be so! Amen.
*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.
ne 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 Avenue
Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith
January 12, 2020