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Announcements: The Church office will reopen on Monday, January 4th.

January 3, 2021 Order for Worship
2nd Sunday after Christmas


GATHER
Happy New Year and greetings in the name of Christ! We worship God, who renews us every day. Please download today’s bulletin here.
PRAYER REQUESTS
If you would like to share a joy or prayer concern, please email Kelly at kelly@tequestapres.org and your request will be shared in next week’s worship packet. Prayer requests will remain for 3 weeks unless updated.

  • We pray for our veterans and their families, for those who need healing, those who need strength, those who need encouragement.
  • For all impacted by the COVID-19 virus. For our medical professionals, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. For those suffering from illness or facing treatment.
  • For families planning to travel for the holidays.
  • For peace in our communities and opportunities for reconciliation. For the softening of hearts and the desire for justice. For the willingness to have conversations that lead to understanding, reconciliation, and healing.
  • Our leaders at every level, for wisdom and discernment as they make difficult decisions, for our Session and deacons.
  • For those burdened with stress and anxiety during this time, as well as those who facing financial uncertainty.
  • For our members who are traveling to their winter homes.
  • Eric Anderson, Mary Helen's nephew, Brian and his family. Mark Sundrud's sister, Jessica. Chris Britton and her family. Bryan Fox,Tom Banks, Carl Smith, Karen ,Bea Walker, Sybil Dickerson, John and Judy Campbell, Chloe King, Michael Owens, Kenly Drummond, Deb Gervais, Beth Mathias, Mark, Ed Layman, Joyce Hawkins, Chris Moats, Chet and Mary Jane Downs, Families who have lost loved ones
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Keira O'Neill - Jan 3rd, Emily Overfield - Jan 3rd
GIVE BACK
Every day is an opportunity to embrace as well as spread the blessings God has given us. As we begin a new year, we are confident in Christ’s love and our collective generosity to carry us through the year. If you’d like to give, you can by clicking the “give online” button or by mailing a check to our church office at:
 

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ORDINATION OF CHURCH OFFICERS
Today, we ordain and install Drew Cunningham to the office of deacon and install Rosemarie Von Zabern to the office of elder. If you would like to participate in the prayers and constitutional questions, please download the bulletin for this week’s worship service.
 
Children's Sermon
Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 31:10-14
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coast lands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” 11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. 12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. 13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the LORD.
   
Ephesians 1:3-14
3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
 
Sermon: Hello, 2021

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
Have your bread and juice ready as you watch the video and celebrate communion from home
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
Even if we don’t follow through with our New Year’s resolutions, God gives us every moment to be transformed by Christ’s love. Take those constant opportunities to grow towards Christ in your faith and in your relationships. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord be kind and gracious to you. May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.
The Presbyterian Women invite you to “Chalk Your Door” on January 6th
 
CELEBRATING EPIPHANY
 
 
Christmas has passed. Now we count down the “12 days of Christmas” to Epiphany, which celebrates the arrival of the three wise men, known as the Magi, on January 6th. On Epiphany, the day following the Twelfth Day of Christmas, we invoke the Magi’s and Christ’s own blessing upon our homes by “Chalking the Door,” which is writing – with chalk – the initials CMB interspersed with crosses and flanked by the numbers of the present year, on the lintel of a house’s front door. 
 
20 + C + M + B + 21
 
Tradition has it that the three wise men were called Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. CMB also abbreviates a Latin blessing, Christus mansionem benedicat, meaning “May Christ bless this dwelling.” After chalking the door, light a candle and say an Epiphany prayer. 
 
On Sunday, December 27th & January 3rd, a basket with chalk and prayers will be in the courtyard to help you observe this tradition.  It is our wish for you to have a Blessed and Happier New Year.
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