Bulletin – January 16, 2011

GATHERING

GREETING

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us.

Praise the Lord!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Human Relations Day

PRELUDE Patty Bell

*PRAISE MUSIC: “Just As I Am” UMH 357 v. 1,3,5,6

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Blessed are those who give themselves over to God,

Women: Who turn their backs on the world’s “sure thing,”

Men: Who ignore what the world worships.

Leader: Nothing and no one comes close to you.

Women: I start talking about you, telling what I know, and quickly run out of words.

Men: Neither numbers nor words account for you.

Leader: You are not impressed by what I do for you or what I can bring to you.

Women: You are not interested in religious and pious platitudes.

Men: A listening ear and an open heart are the offerings you seek.

Leader: I have proclaimed you to everyone I know.

Women: I have not kept the news of your faithfulness a secret.

Men: I share the truth of your love and grace.

All: Now, Lord, pour out your mercy upon us; we are in your hands.

Based on Psalm 40, the Message.

HYMN : “Here I Am, Lord” UMH 593

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, one by one the disciples left all they had to follow the long

awaited Messiah. You promised them hardship, rejection, loss of comfort,

hostility, suffering and, finally, a cross to carry. We give lip service to

following you but complain when it is difficult; worry when we cannot see

where you are leading, question “why” when suffering inevitably comes; and

choose to ignore the parts of the gospel that disrupt our sense of security.

Forgive us, Lord. Forgive our selfish desire to have it both ways—to follow

but not at a cost; to claim you but not risk anything on your behalf; to embrace

new life without experiencing the garden of Gethsemane. Remind us that we

live not for ourselves but for the world, in your stead. We are entitled to share

in your joy only as we share also in your suffering. Give us boldness and

courage, by the power of your Spirit, to be your disciples in truth and deed, not

just in word. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

The Lord is slow to anger and quick to forgive. Friends, hear the good news

and receive it with joy; In Jesus Christ we receive pardon from sin and

freedom to live as new creations. Alleluia! Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

“Doxology” UMH 70

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.

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Isaiah 49:1-7 PB, pg. 644OT

GOSPEL LESSON: John 1:29-42 PB, pg. 87NT

THE MESSAGE: Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

HYMN RESPONSE: “Lamb Of God” Renew 214

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG: “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” UMH 672

God be with you till we meet again; by His counsels guide, uphold you, with His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

*BLESSING

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**The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

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