SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2019
CALL TO WORSHIP
(adapted from The Whole World our Neighborhood)
One: God is our shepherd and opens the door of welcome to us all.
All: We rest in green pastures and walk by still waters, which renew and refresh our spirits.
One: God guides us along paths of righteousness
All: And walks with us through shadowed valleys so we are not afraid.
One: God has set the banquet table for us in the presence of our enemies.
All: There we’re anointed with oil and our cup overflows.
One: Goodness and mercy shall never depart from us
All: And we will dwell in the house of God forever.
PRAYERS OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
HYMN 438 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
Children come forward
TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
HYMN 485 “Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
Psalm 23 (responsively)
1 John 3:14-24
One: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church All: Thanks be to God.
SERMON Open Doors
RESPONSE OF FAITH
(based on poet Robert Frost and John the disciple):
‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in’. It’s a place we don’t earn or deserve, but a place where the doors are always open. May Christ’s church – may THIS church – be a home to all; to those who are here this morning, and also to ‘the other sheep who are not in this fold.’ And may divine love be shared openly with all.
HYMN 371 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Doxology Hymn 457 vs 1 “Now Thank We all our God”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer Book of Praise #564-sins
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
HYMN 685 “How Firm a Foundation”
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
CLOSING HYMN 755 “Go Ye, Go Ye into the World”