First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw
Sunday, January 22, 2023
3rd Sunday after Epiphany


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Startle us, O God, with your truth. Open our minds to your Spirit, that we may be one with Christ our Lord and live in harmony with others who are created in your image serving as faithful disciples, through Jesus Christ. Amen.


Learning to Walk - Joseph Martin

As we are called by God to worship through words from scripture, we celebrate the diversity of the people of God and bear witness to our unity in Christ.  Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”  By this everyone will know that we are Christ’s disciples, if we have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

God declares: I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.

Our sons and our daughters shall prophesy; our young shall see visions, and our old shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

(1 Cor. 12:12-13)

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you.
Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:14, 24)

Let us worship our Creator together and live into our faith.

*OPENING HYMN: # 372 O for a World



Gracious God,
in Jesus Christ you teach us to love our neighbors, but we build dividing walls of hostility.
You show us how to love one another as sisters and brothers, but we hide ourselves from our own human family.
You ask us to seek out the stranger and welcome the guest, but we lock ourselves up inside our own fear.
You want us to share your abundant gifts with the poor, but we cling tightly to our possessions and our privilege.
You call us to proclaim good news to all people, but we waste our words and hide our light.
Have mercy on us, loving God.  Forgive our sin, open our hearts, and change our lives.
By your Spirit, make us holy and whole—
one people, united in faith, hope, and love;
through Jesus Christ, our reconciler and redeemer.

A time of personal prayer and confession.

*Prayerful Response  #698  (twice)
Take, O take me as I am, summon out what I should be’
Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

The heart of the gospel story is this: that no matter how far away the people of God wander from God’s steadfast love, God remains faithful still. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ we given new life and new beginnings; our sins are forgiven.

*GRATEFUL RESPONSE #600 (twice)   
A-men, a-men, A-men, a-men, a-men; A-men, a-men, A-men, a-men, a-men 

The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
  And also with you.

CHORAL ANTHEM: Come Flood This Heart of Mine - David Lantz III


SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Galatians 3: 26-29; I John 4: 7-9, 16-21.

MESSAGE: Where Do We Go From Here

I HAVE A DREAM LITURGY from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech

All: Even though we must face difficulties today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.

Men: I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons and daughters of former slaves and sons and daughters of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood.

Women: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Men: I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places shall be made plain, and the crooked places shall be made straight and the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. 

Women: This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning—‘my country, ’tis of thee; sweet land of liberty; of the I sing; land where my fathers died; land of the pilgrim’s pride; from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’”

All: When we allow freedom to ring from every town and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and women and white men and women, Jews and Gentiles, Catholics and Protestants—will be able to join hands and to sing in the words of
the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

*HYMN # 339  Lift Every Voice and Sing


OFFERING MUSIC     Amazing Grace - John Newton, arr. Chris Gray




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.

*HYMN #379                    We Shall Overcome                vs 1, 3, 4, 5


POSTLUDE  Lift Every Voice And Sing - John Rosamund Johnson, arr. Chris Gray

Choral Anthem: Come Flood This Heart of Mine - David Lantz III

Come flood this heart of mine, with Your great love divine.
Come, Spirit, make your home, my heart is Yours alone.
Come flood this heart of mine,
with Your great love divine.

Come flood this heart of mine, with Your pure joy divine.
My every sin forgive, as one with You I live.
Come flood this heart of mine,
with Your pure joy divine.

Come fill my heart, I am longing for Your pow’r.
Your presence and peace will be mine this very hour.
Come fill my heart with Your Spirit in this place.
Let my heart overflow with the fullness of Your grace.

Make of this heart of mine,
a vessel wholly Thine.
Drive dark and doubt away,
I fill me, Lord, I pray.
Come flood this heart of mine,
With Your true light divine.

*Stand if you are able
Bold Print, Congregation participates.
Interim Pastor: Rev. Gail E. Monsma
Liturgist:  Harold Schuitmaker
Music: Chris Gray, performance by FPC Choir
Technology Help: Chuck Williams, Andy Thorburn, Tom Shoemaker, Nathaniel McCloskey

Deacon Greeter: Bill Welling