Gathering in Worship Offered by the People of the
Church of Christ, Union
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 22, 2017 10:30 am
“It’s hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we’re left with a fistful of ashes.” — Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light
From there to Here
Welcome & Announcements
Welcome to this service of worship! During the service, you are invited to rise in body or in spirit, standing or sitting, at points in the service marked “ ”.”
Please sign in using the pew folder, passing it back down the row so all can greet one another by name, and place the sheet in an offering plate. We’re glad you’re here!
Prelude Cornet Voluntary G. Berge
¨ Call to Worship
One: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
All: Whom should I fear?
One: The Lord is the strength of my life.
All: Of whom shall I be afraid?
One: Your face, O God, we seek.
All: Come, our hearts say, let us seek God’s face!
¨ Opening Hymn #408 All My Hope on God Is Founded Michael
¨ Prayer of Approach and Confession
One: God, our Light and Salvation,
All: forgive us for those moments when we have walked in darkness, stumbling in the wilderness of quarrels, division, and bickering. You have called us to follow you and to fish for people, but too often we shun relationship and choose our will, not yours. Forgive us, Lord, for the brokenness that we bring upon ourselves.
[a brief silence is kept]
One: God, the Stronghold of our Life,
All: hear our cry as we come to you for unity. Send your Spirit to gather us as you desire us. Remind us that unity does not mean uniformity. Teach us that the “same mind” you call us to have is not ours, but the mind of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
— Written by Stephen Fearing
¨ Words of Assurance
One: Christ continues to lay down his life for us, so that we might have life. Christ continues to show us the way, so that we might live into the truth and the life. Christ continues to love us, so that we might love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Know that you are forgiven, loved, and given new life.
— Written by Rev. Mindi, posted on Rev-o-lution
¨ Passing the Peace of Jesus Christ
All who come to this sanctuary are welcome companions on this day! You are invited to turn to those nearest you and greet them with words of peace and joy.
The Word in our Midst
Anthem I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light Kathleen Thomerson Union Church Choir
I want to walk as a child of the light; I want to follow Jesus. God set the stars to give light to the world; The star of my life is Jesus.
Refrain: In him there is no darkness at all; the night and the day are both alike. the Lamb is the light of the city of God; shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
I want to see the brightness of God; I want to look at Jesus. Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father. Refrain
I’m looking for the coming of Christ; I want to be with Jesus. When we have run with patience the race, we shall know the joy of Jesus. Refrain
Epistle Lesson 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Paul makes a plea for a unity not based on human allegiance, but fidelity to Christ’s saving power.
May God’s presence guard, protect and guide you. God bless you, God bless you. Our savior’s loving arms be ever ’round you. God bless you, God bless you.
Gospel Lesson Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus begins his ministry in the north and calls fisherman to leave their nets to fish for people.
Sermon Net Gain Rev. Kent Gilbert
GIfts Given for Love to Flow
Our gifts help sustain this particular community of caring by sustaining the building, pastors and staff, and all the materials that make our ministry of healing, justice, and teaching available to all in need. In addition, a good portion of our contributions flows out to aid to those in need via many external agencies.
This can now be done online or by text to 859-448-3403 (Example: Text “$50.00 Offering” to contribute to the ongoing ministries, or add “youth,” or “missions” or designation of your choice to benefit one in particular.
Your contribution is love made visible. Thank you!
Offertory Holy Manna arr. J Phillips
Union Church Handbell Ensemble
¨ Doxology Old Hundredth
To God all glorious heavenly light;To Christ revealed in earthly night; To God the spirit now we raise Our grateful hymn of thankful praise. Amen.
Praying it Forward
Ringing of the Peace Bell
The Union Church Peace Bell was created by Jeff Enge in honor of Union Church member Carl Eschbach (1904-1998). A twin bell hangs in Berea’s sister province in Japan and is also rung in the hope of peace for all nations.
Silent Prayers and Prayers for the Community
Our Lord’s Prayer
One: Our Maker, our Mother, and …
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 sins as we forgive those who sin against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
From Here to there
¨ Closing Hymn #173 You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore Pescador des Hombres
Verse 1, Spanish; Verses 1-4, English
Postlude (please be seated) A Trumpet Fancy M. Kellner
Especially in our prayers
Each week we join millions of Christians who pray for one another through the ecumenical prayer cycle and, locally, the Berea Ministerial Association’s prayer cycle. Let us hold stateless persons and migrants, and our brothers and sisters at Big Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church in your hearts, and pray for them.
Please also hold these concerns in your prayers, today and throughout the week. Prayer requests to be printed may be sent to the office anytime before 10:00 am Fridays.
¨ The healing of families, communities, and our nation and world, wracked by violence and murder, may we be agents of transformation.
¨ Refugees around the world.
¨ Prayers for our country as we transfer power to our new president and congress.
¨ Prayers of solidarity and support for those made most vulnerable by the recent elections. May the people who follow Jesus follow him to the stranger, the outcast, the foreigner, and the destitute.
¨ Deborah Payne, traveling to Uganda to establish clean water facilities
¨ Loretta Mountjoy, admitted this week at Baptist Health Richmond for a blood infection.
¨ BJ Godby’s mother, who is very ill in Georgia, and her father, who is caring for her
¨ The Gill family, a refugee family of six that church member Tom McClure has been assisting. The family is scheduled for a UNHCR refugee determination hearing in Bangkok on January 24, 2017. We pray they will be recognized so they can get help
¨ Our church family members in nursing homes, or who are homebound: Ruth Butwell, Edith Hansen, Mary Miller, Alva Peloquin, Gloria VanWinkle.
¨ Prayers for those suffering colds, pneumonia, and flu. Care for self is also care for others: rest, wash your hands, and heal!
You Matter! Please Sign the Register, Check in on Facebook/Twitter and try a nametag! It’s hard to get to know people elsewhere, but we don’t want it that way at church. Let’s all try to get to know each other better.
Interested in exploring Scripture? Join the Sunday morning group at 9:30 am in the classroom. Learn in depth about the scriptures we will read that day in worship. AND Thursday noon Bible Study discusses the readings for the upcoming Sunday. All welcome!!
Learn more about the church today! Come One Come All! Each fourth Sunday of the Month anyone wanting to know more about Union Church or wanting to explore church membership, as well as new members , are invited to come to the Classroom two doors past the church after worship for conversation with the Pastor and the Community Life and Growth Board.
New members will be received each Second Sunday of the month at the close of worship.
ABLE (Achieving and Building Life Equally) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 24(and every 4th Tuesday), at 5:30 pm in Room 101. ABLE is a support group/network for those who self-identify as differently-abled: to inspire, encourage, and empower one another, and to make Berea a more accessible community.
Cooking for One or Two? Join the Lunch Bunch, January 26. Several members cooking for just themselves or one other decided to create a fellowship lunch with the opportunity to share new recipes and swap techniques for good eating. Everyone, young and old, cooking for just a few are invited to lunch on January 26, 12pm in the Community Room. The hope is that we can do this every 2nd and 4th Thursday.
RSVP is needed so we can cook the right amount! Please call the church office (986-3725) by Jan. 24. to let us know how many are coming. Bring friends and recipes!
Help Wanted. We have an ongoing need for volunteers to help with Sunday services. Can you be a worship reader, greeter, coffee angel, etc.? For details go to the church website, union-church.org and click on “Volunteer” near the upper right corner (or talk to Doug Hindman).
Union Church is starting a Stephen Ministry of lay visitation. The first step is creating a team of 3 trainers. Trainers will help recruit, nurture, and organize volunteer visitors. They receive a comprehensive training themselves (in St. Louis, April 23-29), work closely with the pastors, and help connect people who need visits with those who can make them. Interested? Complete Job descriptions are available upon request to the office. Please indicate your interest not later than February 1, so we can plan!
The Sunday bulletin is available at the church website, union-church.org, the farthest right blue button. Read along as you watch the service!
Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., these are the topics:
Jan. 24 Voting Rights
Jan 31 Tax Reform
Feb. 7 Justice Reform/Restorative Justice
Feb. 14 Gun Violence
Feb. 21 Healthcare/Disabilities
Feb. 28 Death Penalty
Mar. 7 Environment/Energy
Mar. 14 Immigrants/Refugees
Glenna Rice has a new address and would love to be in touch with Union Church friends:
1615 E. Boot Road Apt B223
West Chester, PA 19380
Her phone # is (610) 429-2174
Sustainable Berea Gathering February 21, 6:30 pm. First Christian Church. A gathering of members and others to celebrate the accomplishments of 2016 and fine-tune our plans for increasing Berea’s resilience in 2017. Hear updates on the Berea Urban Farm, Victory Garden Blitz, Bee Friendly Berea, and Urban Agriculture District, then discuss the way forward in a small planning group. Bring your ideas for making Berea a more sustainable community, and your appetite for home-baked pie. Everyone welcome