First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw
Sunday, February 5, 2023
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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRELUDE We Gather Together Netherlands folk melody, arr. Eduard Kremser
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Come among us, Healing God; we wait for you.
We come, hungry for your Word to bless us.
Come among us, Compassionate Christ; we hope in you.
We come, hungry to be filled with your Bread of life.
Come among us, Restoring Spirit; we wait and hope in you.
We come, eager to rest in your peace.
Breathe in: the peace of Christ
Breathe out: my unrest
Our Triune God is ready to nourish us!
Let us worship together to be renewed and transformed!
*OPENING HYMN: #509 All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
CALL TO CONFESSION:
Trusting God is love, we express our lament, our brokenness, and our failings to God. We confess in order to be reconciled into God’s accepting love and grace.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Holy God, in the fears and wounds of our lives, we long to feel secure. And so we seek power, strength, and smarts. We seek security and you offer us blessing. We seek safety, and you offer us your presence. We seek control and you offer us yourself. Holy God, have mercy on us. We need you. Hold us close. O Lord hear our prayers.
A time of silent confession and personal prayer follows.
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.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
God shows us mercy and grace, God accepts and forgives us. God shows us how to live in the gift of Jesus the Christ. This is Good News for us.
We will not boast, for it is not our doing. We will give thanks to God for such grace, hope, love and acceptance. Alleluia. Amen!
*GRATEFUL RESPONSE # #591 (twice)
Halle, Halle, Halle-luja, Halle, Halle, Halle-luja!
Halle, Halle, Halle-luja, Halle-luja! Halle-luja!
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Isaiah 58: 6-12; Matthew 5:13-20.
MESSAGE: Being Salt of the Earth
HYMN #749 We Are Called
CALL FOR THE OFFERING
ANTHEM “Celtic Communion”
(based on traditional Gaelic melody “Bunessan,” arr. Mark Hayes)
Bread of the World in mercy broken,
Wine of the Soul in mercy shed,
by Whom the words of life were spoken,
and in Whose death our sins are dead.
Look on the heart by sorrow broken;
Look on the tears, tears by sinners shed;
And be Your feast to us the token
that by your grace our souls are fed!
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Chris beside me, One in Three;
Christ above me, Christ beneath me,
Christ within me, Three in One.
Amen, Amen, Amen.
DOXOLOGY # 607
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is good to give you thanks …
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 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.
THE WORDS OF PROMISE AND COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE
COMMUNION MUSIC Terra Beata Franklin Sheppard
SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
*HYMN #526 Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
*Stand if you are able
Bold Print, Congregation participates.
Interim Pastor: Rev. Gail E. Monsma email@example.com
Liturgist: Bill Buhl
Music: Chris Gray
Technology Help: Chuck Williams, Andy Thorburn, Tom Shoemaker, Nathaniel McCloskey
Usher: Laura Wells
CHURCH OFFICE: 120 Pine Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-3111 (T,W&T 9-3)