Read-along Service for Sunday, January 22, 2023

Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church
Order of Worship
January 22, 2023 – Epiphany 3

Today we welcome Jeannie Taylor as our Guest speaker.

Prelude
Words of welcome
Land Acknowledgement
Announcements
Lighting the Christ Candle

Opening Hymn:           Great Is Thy Faithfulness                         VU 288

  1. Great is thy faithfulness, God our Creator;
    there is no shadow of turning with thee;
    thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
    as thou has been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:     Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
                   Morning by morning new mercies I see;
                   All I have needed thy hand hath provided –
                   great is thy faithfulness, ever to me!

  1. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
    sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
    join with all nature in manifold witness
    to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.        Refrain
  1. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
    strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow –
    wondrous the portion thy blessings provide.    Refrain

Call To Worship
Jesus comes calling, telling us that the time of God’s kin-dom has come near.

We want to be a part of the kin-dom.

Jesus comes calling, asking us to leave our old lives behind and live a new life with him, in God’s love.

But if we leave everything and follow Jesus, we will have nothing.

Not nothing, but everything we need.

So we will come, we will follow, we will become the disciples of Jesus.

Let us come, let us follow, let us worship the God of love.

Prayer of Approach
Inviting God, you call us to follow, to witness and to wonder.  You call us to follow and risk all we know so that the change we need can finally be seen.  Amen.  

Hymn:                           Jesus Calls Us                                          VU 562

  1. Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
    of our life’s wild restless sea,
    day by day his clear voice sounding,
    saying, “Christian, follow me.”
  1. Long ago apostles heard it
    by the Galilean lake,
    turned from home and toil and kindred,
    leaving it all for Jesus’ sake.
  1. Jesus calls us from the worship
    of the vain world’s golden store,
    from each idol that would keep us,
    saying “Christian, love me more.”
  1. In our joys and in our sorrows,
    days of toil and hours of ease,
    still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
    “Christian, love me more than these.”
  1. Jesus calls us: by your mercies,
    Saviour, may we hear your call,
    give our hearts to your obedience,
    serve and love you best of all.

Scripture Reader:       Barbara Moogk
Isaiah 9: 1-4
Gospel Lesson:          Matthew 4: 12-23 

Special Music

Reflection                    “Following the Call”                Jeannie Page   LLWL

Musical Response

The Offering 

Hymn:                           Listen, God Is Calling                               MV 97
One:  Listen
All:    Listen, God is calling,
through the Word inviting,
offering forgiveness, comfort and joy.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer 

Closing Hymn:            I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say                VU 626

  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Come unto me and rest;
    lay down, O weary one, lay down
    your head upon my breast.”
    I came to Jesus as I was,
    weary and worn and sad;
    I found in him a resting place,
    and he has made me glad.
  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Behold, I freely give
    the living water; thirsty one,
    stoop down, and drink, and live.”
    I came to Jesus, and I drank
    of that life-giving stream;
    my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
    and now I live in him.
  1. I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “I am this dark world’s light;
    look unto me, your morn shall rise,
    and all your day be bright.”
    I looked to Jesus, and I found
    in him my star, my sun;
    and in that light of life I’ll walk
    till travelling days are done.

Benediction 

Choral Amen               Amen! Amen! Hallelujah, Amen!              VU 974 

Postlude

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