WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “He Comes to Us as One Unknown”
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 19:1-2
Leader: “The heavens are telling the glory of God;
People: And the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.
Leader: Day to day pours forth speech,
People: And night to night declares knowledge.”
Leader: Joining voices in heaven and on earth, let us worship God.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of our salvation, whenever we come home to you, we realize how far we have strayed and how much we have forgotten of your law and your love. We have not loved you with our whole hearts or loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, heal us, and restore us to our relationship with you; through Jesus Christ, in whom we trust.…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Anointed with the Holy Spirit, Jesus brings us the good news of salvation - that we are released from the oppression of all our sins.
And so I declare to you: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 4:14-21
SERMON “Our Predicament” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 757 “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH --from a Brief Statement of Faith
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 Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. 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. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 634 “To God Be the Glory”
*POSTLUDE “Thy Strong Word” John Behnke
*Those who are able are invited to stand.