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2/4/24 Bulletin


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Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children




February 4, 2024 - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - Communion Sunday

This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 10:00  (Recorded for Facebook and YouTube)

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Meeting ID: 822 2425 2518

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The first pew in front of the pulpit has books and quiet activities for people of all ages.

Please find something that suits you, take it to your pew, and return it after the service.

Silent Prayer

God of glory, God of joy, God of ordinary wonders, come and usher us toward life.

Keep us from losing touch with the miracles all around us: The way love persists.

The way the earth holds us. The way it’s never too late for new beginnings.

Make a way for us, back to the simple truths that sustain. Amen


* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit




Prelude       Communion Aria                                                                                  Franklin Ritter  




*Introit       Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (vs. 4)                                Red Hymnal #10

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty;God in three persons, blessed Trinity!


*Call to Worship

One: Holy are the moments that catch our breath, catch our attention, catch us off guard with the wonders of being alive.

All: The surprises of God hearten and revive!

One: God points us back to the riches of life before us. The world is pouring out blessings of beauty. Kinship and community enable lasting joy.

All: The faithful gifts of God are simple and abundant. We gather to remember and to treasure every one.


*Passing of the Peace (ASL) and Lighting of Peace & Justice Candle


*Hymn       I Sing the Mighty Power of God                                                Black Hymnal #12

I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day:

The moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.


 I sing the goodness of our God that filled the earth with food;

God formed the creatures with a word, and then pronounced them good.

Oh, how your wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye:

If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!

On earth there’s not a plant or flower but makes your glory known.

The clouds arise and spread their showers by order from your throne.

All life is but a gift from you and ever in your care;

Wherever people gather, you, O God, are present there. 


*Invocation (in unison)

O God, all people are your Beloved manifestations of your image. Let us delight in our diversity that offers glimpses of the mosaic of your beauty. By the power of the Holy Spirit, quicken our understanding that we may believe in the signs that reveal your presence among us now. Amen 


Children’s Message 


Hebrew Scripture                                                                                             Psalm 45:6-15

Christian Scripture                                                                                               John 2:1-12          


Special Music       Meditation                                                                                 Jacob Arcadelt     


Message                                                                                                              Rev. TJ Mack


*Hymn       Thank Our God for Sisters, Brothers                                                          B. #397

Thank our God for sisters, brothers, one by grace, in harmony.

Joining heart to heart with others, making strong community.

With the cross of Christ our standard, let us sing as with one voice.

Glory, glory, yours the promise: we who are the church rejoice.


Praise to God for congregations, keeping faith with Christ as guide;

Many tongues of many nations, song and service unified.

Sweet the psalm and sweet the carol, when our song is raised as one.

Glory, glory, yours the power, as in heaven your will be done.


Holy is your name forever! Heal divisions that remain;

Bless the church’s new endeavors; make our witness one again.

One in Christ and in Christ’s gospel, make us one we now implore.

Glory, glory, yours the glory, then and now and evermore.


Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns 

Our Father (Creator, Mother) 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

   Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.

   For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.        


Invitation to Offering –   God invites us to give in gratitude and joy so that we can bless others

as we have been blessed.


Offertory    Give Me Jesus                                        African American Spiritual/ David Kidwell        


*The Doxology

     Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below;

     Praise God for all that love has done; Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen


*Prayer of Dedication (spoken in unison)                                                              

O God, you call us to be a blessing for all people on this earth. Give us the wisdom and the courage to be a blessing to this community and to this world. Through these offerings may we be channels of your compassion and healing, for the sake of Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen


*Communion Hymn     Let Us Break Bread Together                                                 R. #311

Let us break bread together on our knees;

Let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord, have mercy on me.


Let us drink wine together on our knees;

Let us drink wine together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord, have mercy on me.


Let us praise God together on our knees;

Let us praise God together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord, have mercy on me.


Holy Communion Liturgy

(We serve gluten and gluten-free bread. The fruit of the vine in our cup is grape juice.)

Invitation to the Table

One: Friends, what we are about to do is to celebrate the Joyful Feast of the people of God.

All: When we are able, with the Holy One, to experience the vision of love for God’s Global Village here on earth – then all of creation will come as equal companions to sit at this table.


One: In the meantime, you and I are invited to eat and drink, to be nourished and renewed for the ongoing work of justice, embracing mercy and walking humbly with God.

All: This is an open table at which all are welcome.


Words of Remembering

All: On the night when Jesus was betrayed, he gathered with his disciples in the upper room, where an ordinary meal became an instrument of God.  At this table, Jesus broke bread with those who would betray him.  At this table, Jesus drank wine with the one who denied him.  At this table, Jesus communed with those who would abandon him.  At this table, Jesus gave a new commandment.

  At this table, we learn to love one another as God loves us.

One: Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”   When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to God, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many,  for the forgiveness of our failings, and in hope for the new life to come. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Blessing the Bread and the Cup

One: Gracious God, pour out your Spirit upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they might be for us the presence of the living Christ. Pour your Spirit upon us also, that we may be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until we arrive at the heavenly banquet of God.

All: With this one loaf, we who are many, become one. With this one cup, what was before has been renewed.

One: Come, for all things are ready.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

The bread of life, given for you. AmenThe cup of blessing, given for you. Amen


Prayer of Thanksgiving

Our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sustainer – In this holy mystery, you have given yourself to us. We are eternally grateful. Empower us, that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves to each other in the name of Jesus Christ who gave his life for all. Amen



*Sung Blessing     Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (vs. 1)                                      R. #333

Lord, dismiss us with your blessing; fill our hearts with joy and peace;

let us each, your love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace:

oh, refresh us, oh, refresh us, traveling through this wilderness.


Postlude        Faith Eternal                                                                               Edward Broughton


 (Please remain seated for the Postlude)


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Many thanks to those who make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons –  Everett Espling, Robin Long, David Wildes


Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


Resources, adapted

enfleshed: liturgy that matters - Silent Prayer, Call to Worship

UCC Worship Ways & Feasting on the Word, Worship Companion - Invocation

Feasting on the Word, Worship Companion - Offering Prayers, Intercessory Prayers


"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE,                   

License #A-738532. All rights reserved.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Music - ©1948 H W Gray

Contributors: Reginald Heber, John B Dykes


I Sing The Mighty Power Of God

Words and Music - ©2021 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music

Contributors: Isaac Watts, Traditional, Stephen DeCesare


Let Us Break Bread Together

Words and Music; Text: 10 10 with refrain; Spiritual. Music: LET US BREAK BREAD.

Contributors: LET US BREAK BREAD


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - © Public Domain


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