Worship Service Jan 28

4th Sunday after the Epiphany

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


ORDER OF WORSHIP 

Gathering and Prelude

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: All Hail the Power of Jesus Name 154 1,2,4,6

Welcome, Greeting, Service Overview

Prayer of Illumination

Worship Moment 

Hymn of Praise and Faith: Great is Thy Faithfulness  140 all 

Responsive Reading: Psalm 111 832

Apostles Creed: 881  

Gloria Patri: 71

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95 

Life of the Church

Centering Song:  The Least I Could Do 

Prayers of the People

Scripture: Mark 1:21-28

Sermon: When Jesus Came to the Synagogue

Closing Hymn: Take My Life and Let It Be   399 all

Commissioning and Benediction


Prayers of the People

Pastor: What a generous God we worship! What an extravagant

Creator, what a Source of abundance! God has filled the universe 

with stars  and galaxies beyond number,has filled the world with creatures and objects, colors and shapes, types and varieties, more than we can apprehend – too many to imagine! We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You. 

People: What a vibrant life this is! What an amazing array of experiences, relationships and opportunities! God has provided us with minds and bodies, hearts and souls to perceive and enjoy all that life contains and has called us to appreciate each unique moment, each special gift! We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You. What an amazing Savior is ours! What a self-giving, compassionate Lord! 

Pastor: God has entered our world and shared its challenges, has lived and died as one of us, has risen, and has opened the door to full, eternal and exuberant life! 

People: We thank You, gracious and giving God, and we praise You. What a generous God we worship! 

Pastor: We acknowledge that we have sinned and fallen short of your glory. 

People: Forgive us Lord as we confess our sins and seek to draw into a deeper relationship with you. 

Pastor: In this world of plenty O God, let us be mindful that we have been blessed to be a blessing and to care for your creation. Please forgive us Gracious God for when we have failed to love our neighbors and have taken your creation for granted. 

People: Please, forgive us, Gracious God for when we have denied the goodness that we enjoy, and have forgotten how to be grateful. Remind us, O Lord, of all the good things that we have received; remind us how to enjoy and care for the blessings we experience and the joy of generosity given in the name of Christ. 

Pastor: We thank You, Lord, for all that You have done for us; for all that You have given us; and for all that You have been to us. 

People: We remember and celebrate Your constant grace, care and provision and our faith grows as we recognise the goodness that we enjoy. But, Lord, You have also given us the gift of prayer,and You have invited us to bring our requests to You, for You love us, and You listen to our needs and desires. 

Pastor: And so we pray 

● For ourselves and our loved ones 

● For those who are grieving, sick and seeking hope we ask for your compassionate care. 

● For our community and our country. Our leaders, protectors, first responders and citizens 

● For the world, for peoples of all nations and their leaders to know the peace, provision and hope that comes from Christ alone. 

● For our church we pray for protection, wisdom, vision and the grace to remain true to the call you have placed upon us 

People: Lord for all these things we pray. Hear us as we pause to lift up our pastors. Grant them your wisdom and strength. Be with Pastor Ray as he brings the message. Keep us focused and make us receptive to what we are to receive. Send us out into the world energized and ready for humble, joyous and obedient service. 

Pastor: We thank You, gracious and giving God as we pray together following the prayer Christ gave us 

All: The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, which 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, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate our gifts on Communion Sundays.

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Prayer shawls are also available. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

Fellowship 4 U resumes our 4th Sunday after church gathering today. We’ll gather downstairs.

Ladies Loving the Lord: We have a date for February’s meeting: February 29th, place is still TBD.  The quarterly social will be on April 20th for the Mad Hatters Brunch.

The Spring Ladies Bible Study will be after Easter on April 8, 15, and 29. More details to come.

Winter Weather: If conditions are unsafe for an in person worship service, we will hold a virtual service using the Livestream information above.