Blountville Presbyterian Church

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Saving Souls Since 1820

Worship Service

January 5, 2020

THE SECOND SABBATH OF CHRISTMASTIDE
EPIPHANY SUNDAY, 2020

Welcome and Happy New Year of our Lord, A.D. 2020. We are pleased you have chosen to begin Blountville Presbyterian’s bicentennial year with us in God’s house, our sanctuary. We pray a true spiritual blessing will be experienced this morning by you! Covenant with us to celebrate this milestone year all of 2020!

GATHERING AROUND THE WORD

PRELUDE AND LIGHTING OF CANDLES

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Lord Be with You
And also with you

INTROIT The Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP AND INVOCATION

*HYMN NO. 134 “We Three Kings of Orient Are”

*RESPONSIVE READING Hymnal No. 573
“The Adoration of the Magi”

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Brief Statement of Faith No. 2

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

*GLORIA PATRI Hymnal No. 559
Please be seated

ANTHEM The Choir

PROCLAIMING THE WORD

OLD TESTAMENT READING Psalm 1:1-3

NEW TESTAMENT READING Matthew 2:1-12
John 1:1-5
This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be unto God

COMMUNION MEDITATION Mark Knisley
“Wise Men Still Seek …”

THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

*COMMUNION HYMN NO. 154 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

WORDS OF INSTITUTION The Minister

DISTRIBUTION OF THE ELEMENTS BY INTINCTION The Elders

RESPONDING TO THE WORD

PASTORAL PRAYER, SILENT PRAYER, AND THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

GATHERING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

*DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION

*HYMN NO. 118 “It Came upon the Midnight Clear”

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE Organist, Don Norman

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