Welcome and Announcements
- Gathering into worship -
*Call to Worship
One: A wilderness beckons us:
a desert, a barren place, yet a place of blessing and discovery.
Many: Jesus, steady companion, accompany us, as we enter new territory,
the frightening places, the exciting places,
those that evoke memories of past spaces,
and those that give us hope for the future.
One: Jesus, our wise and well-traveled guide,
lead us into this new land,
give us boldness and courage to follow you.
Give us your vision and wisdom.
Many: Walk with us through this time of liminality and uncertainty.
Help us to trust that we are in a space where all things will be made new.
*Hymn “Christ for the World We Sing” UMH #568
*Hymn “There’s Something About That Name” UMH #171
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; there's just something about that name.
Master, Savior, Jesus, like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, let all Heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
But there's something about that name.
- Meditation on God’s word -
Scripture 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Children’s Sermon Pastor Dai Morgan
Message You Are Not Lacking Rev. Kelly J. Smith
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 our Gifts and Tithes
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Hymn “The Summons” (Verses 1-4) TFWS #2130
*Litany of Sending
One: In the spirit of the women who survived the middle passage, withstood and overcame the oppression of enslavement,
All: We go forth, heading North.
One: In the spirit of women who dared obstacles and challenged unjust barriers and forged new peoples in new lands,
All: We go forth, heading South.
One: In the spirit of women who refused to be browbeaten and held back and opened new paths for others to follow,
All: We go forth, heading East.
One: In the spirit of women who refused to be shut out and who demolished boundaries to open new spaces for sisters unborn,
All: We go forth, heading West.
One: We go forth, moving in all directions, moving at the directive of the Holy One, moving boldly and courageously in the assurance of divine guidance, anointing presence, and enabling power; in the spirit not only of our ancestors in the sistahhood, but at the direction of Sistah Wisdom, Sofia, who calls each and all to in-courage-her for the sake of God’s glory.
We go forth!
We go forth!
Thanks be to God!
*Hymn “The Summons” (Verse 5) TFWS #2130
Today’s flowers are given by Richard in honor of all January birthdays (including his birthday) and in memory of his Grandmother Wilson.
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 19, 2020