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Luke 3:1-22
As we enter into chapter 3 of the Gospel of Luke, we find the unexpected story of two men who are unbounded by the power of the Holy Spirit: John the Baptist and Jesus.
The power of the Holy Spirit enabled them to not only do great things, but to always know their true identities. What is our true identity? What might we be empowered to do if we live into that identity, by the power of the same Holy Spirit?

Order of Worship |

Sunday, January 10, 2021

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Prelude – “Voluntary in A Minor” Greene – Melanie Manges

Welcome to Worship – Gordon Coppoc

Gathering Song “Be Still, for the Spirit of the Lord” – Worship Team

Be still, for the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy One is here.
Come, bow before him now, with reverence and with fear.
In him no sin is found, we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

Call to Worship – (from Isaiah 40: 3-5, adapted by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell) – Gordon Coppoc

A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
The uneven ground shall become level,
And the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all people shall see it together,
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The word of our God will stand forever.

Hymn of Epiphany – “Songs of Thankfulness & Praise”

(Verse 1) Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to you we raise;
once revealed, when heaven’s star brought the wise men from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem in your birth at Bethlehem,
Word before the world began, God revealed to us in man.
(Verse 2) God revealed at Jordan’s stream, prophet, priest and king supreme;
once revealed in power divine changing water into wine;
Cana’s holy wedding guest keeping to the last the best;
Word before the world began, God revealed to us in man.
(Verse 4) Stars shall fall and heavens fade, sun and moon shall dark be made;
Christ will then like lightning shine, all will see the glorious sign;
all will then the trumpet hear, all will see the Son appear,
Word before the world began, God revealed to us in man.

Children’s SermonRev. Hood

Invitation to Prayer Rev. Hood

“Just As I Am” arr. Raney
Melanie Manges, Piano

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer Rev. Hood

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in 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. 

New Testament Reading – Luke 3:1-22 – Rev. Hood

Special Music – “Down at the River to Pray” – Worship Team

Sermon – Unbounded – Rev. Hood

Hymn of Proclamation – “When John Baptized by Jordan’s River”

(Verse 1) When John baptized by Jordan’s river in faith and hope the people came,
That John and Jordan might deliver their troubled souls from sin and shame, They came to seek a new beginning, the human spirit’s ageless quest,
Repentance and an end of sinning, renouncing every wrong confessed.
(Verse 2) There as the Lord, baptized and praying, rose from the stream the sinless One,
A voice was heard from heaven saying, “This is my own beloved Son.”
There as the Father’s word was spoken, not in the power of wind and flame,
But of his love and peace the token, seen as a dove, the Spirit came.

Offering Rev. Hood

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift,
Teach us to give to you all that we have and all that we are,
That we might praise you not with our words only,
But with our whole lives. Amen.

Offertory – “Lift Up Your Heart” S. Bernstein – Melanie Manges

Doxology Melanie Manges

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

AnnouncementsRev. Hood

BenedictionRev. Hood

Postlude – “O Worship the King” arr. Smith – Melanie Manges

Worship Leaders in this Service:

  • Gordon Coppoc, Worship Leader
  • Sylvia Mohler, Vocals
  • Melanie Manges, Organist/Pianist
  • Mr. Matt Hood, Director of Music Ministry
  • Rev. Lisa Williams Hood, Senior Pastor
  • Mr. Aurie Swartz, Director of Communications & Technology

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9:00 a.m. - Early Morning Coffee Social
9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Coffee & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. - Sunday School

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