Liturgy – January 9, 2022
January 8th, 2022 | Josh Williams
Come Thou Fount
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, Mount of God’s redeeming love.
Here I raise my Ebeneezer, hither by Thy help I’m come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it seal it for Thy courts above.
Welcome & Call to Worship
Your Spirit swept over the waters of creation;
You are sweeping over us now, creating something new.
Call us away from the distractions of the world to experience what
You are doing now, in us, and through us, and in our world.
Open us to a new awakening, a new beginning,
where we look through the lens of the goodness of Your creation, experiencing all possibilities in You.
Turn us away from the negative lens, and lead us to the light.
We pray in the name of our loving God,
The Risen Son, who leads us into life,
and the breath of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.
High king of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
Prayer of Confession
God who Delivers and Redeems,
we have failed to live into the promise of new life.
We have been afraid to enter troubled waters to help the poor and downtrodden.
We have been afraid to walk with those burned by the system of sin and oppression.
We have sought ease and comfort in exchange for ignoring the hungry and sick in our world.
Forgive us when we have seen our faith in such narrowness, thinking of only our own salvation.
Forgive us when we have not lived for others,
when we have not been willing to risk ourselves for the sake of others.
Call us into new life, a life that is lived in the promise of Your love for the whole world.
In the darkness, light shines.In the midst of troubled waters, a hand reaches out.
We are not alone on this journey of faith. When we seek God, we shall find God.
God forgives, renews, and restores— let us go forth and do the work of God. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Begin by standing up, introducing yourself, and sharing your prayer with us.
If you have something you’re thankful for, end your prayer with…
“Let us bless the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Thanks be to God”
If you have something you’d like prayer for, end your prayer with…
“Let us pray to the Lord” and we’ll respond together, “Lord, have mercy”
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Praise God for whom all Saints proclaim
Praise Him with honor due his name
Praise Him who gave his son to save
Praise God above the heavens reign
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our Lord thanks and praise.
Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls: We celebrate your gift of creation.
We rejoice that you have formed us in your image and called us to dwell in your infinite love.
You brought the nations into your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.
You sent your Son, the bright morning star, to illuminate our darkness and to lead us into harmony and peace.
Through the Holy Spirit, you have brought good news into our hearts.
Day by day you call us to feed the hungry, heal the sick,
deliver the oppressed, and to wait and watch for your kingdom.
For this, we give you thanks. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels
and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Keep us faithful and alert for the hour of Christ’s coming.
Let us live honorably as children of truth and light,
so that we may eat and drink together in your eternal realm.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever.
Together let us proclaim the Great mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
We Are Waiting Blessed Savior
We are waiting, blessed Savior, We are watching for the hour
When in majesty descending, You will come in mighty power;
Then the shadows will be lifted, and the darkness rolled away,
And our eyes behold the splendor, of the glorious crowning day.
We are waiting, blessed Savior, for a union, heart to heart,
With our Savior in the garden, where we nevermore will part;
Then our sorrows, in a moment, like a dream will pass away,
When our eyes behold the splendor, of the glorious crowning day.
Go now as a light to the nations.
Honour the Lord; preach what you know of the risen Christ,
and fulfill all righteousness.
And may God strengthen you and bless you with peace;
May Christ Jesus bring forth justice for you and among you;
And may the Holy Spirit alight on you and affirm you as God’s beloved ones.
Go in Peace, Live the Church, See you throughout the week.
Remember that we are ending our liturgy today with the Passing of the Peace.
Please grab a cup of coffee over by the chapel doors and hang out for a while.
The peace of the Lord be always with you!
And also with you!