Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
One: The voice of God is over the waters;
All: over the mighty waters, God speaks with creative power.
One: The voice of God breaks the cedars;
All: over the cedars, fire, wilderness, and forest, God speaks with authority.
One: Enthroned forever, may God bless the people with strength and peace!
All: Bless us with strength and peace.
One: Let us say, “Glory!”
All: Glory, glory, glory, God!
One: Come, Let us worship.
“Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters” UMH 605
Confession and Pardon
O holy and merciful God, we confess that we have not been obedient to your laws, nor been willing to seek and to do your perfect will. We have not loved you with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, neither have we loved our neighbors as ourselves. You have called to us in the need of our sisters and brothers, and we have passed unheeding on our way. In the pride of our hearts, and our unwillingness to repent, we have turned away from the cross of Christ,
and have grieved your Holy Spirit.
All offer prayers of confession in silence.
May almighty God, who caused light to shine out of darkness, shine in our hearts, cleansing us from all our sins, and restoring us to the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
God of glory, open our hearts to receive Jesus, your greatest gift of love, again today. As we hear your voice and claim Jesus as your holy child, remind us that we too are claimed as children of God. Amen.
Special Music Spirit Bells of Gum Spring UMC
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
Holy Spirit, open us to your possibilities and your promises. Help us hear, with fresh ears, the story of God’s definitive revelation in Jesus. May God’s voice speak to our hearts, dispel our fear, and call us by name. Amen.
Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 3:1-17 NT pp. 2-3
Message Class 5 Rapids of Baptism
Acts 8:14-17 NT p. 126
Response to the Word
Remembering Your Baptism UMH p. 50
*Hymn of Response
“When Jesus Came to Jordan” UMH 252
Prayers of the People
*Doxology & Prayer
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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.
“Baptized In Water” TFWS 2248
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
UMH – United Methodist Hymnal found in your pew rack
NT – New Testament, toward the back of the Bible
OT – Old Testament, toward the beginning of the Bible
*Please stand as able
Nursery available for children 3 and under.