Third Sunday After Epiphany

January 23, 2022

If we do not respond to the demands of the present, because we do not know in advance whither we may be led, we are simply refusing to hear the call of Jesus Christ. We are refusing to open to him when he knocks on the door and invites us to sup with him.

Gustavo Gutiérrez

You are invited to participate during worship by speaking aloud the bolded text.
Please stand as you are able whenever an asterisk (*) precedes a heading.

Service Order

Welcome

The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #334
Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place,
and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Sweet, Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove,
stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Words & Music: Doris Akers, 1962; Tune: Sweet, Sweet Spirit; © 1962 Manna Music, Inc., from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish

Let us give thanks to God, our creator;
Almighty God, make us new by your grace.

Let us worship our God, our savior;
Blessed Christ, heal us by your love.

Let us encounter our God, the Spirit;
Holy Spirit, transform us by your fire.

Blessed be the one, holy, and living God;
To God be the glory forever and ever!

*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #98 
To God Be the Glory

To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

Words: Fanny J. Crosby, 1875; Music: William H. Doane, 1875; Tune: To God Be the Glory; from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

The Gospel Lesson

Andie Davis

Luke 4:14-21 ​from The New Revised Standard Version

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon

Isaiah Fish

Musical Reflection

Prayers of the People

Lord, in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

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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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass 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.

Solo

Benediction

Choral Benediction

“God Be With You” by Derrick Byars

Acknowledgements

All scripture quotations used during service and listed in this bulletin are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All music and hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; Reprinted by permission. CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579