Service for the Lord's Day

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 4, 2024 | 11 a.m.

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Gathering and Centering Ourselves for Worship


Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness - arr. Margaretha Christina de Jong


Call to Worship


God of our ancestors and God of our dreams, we gather today

to remember that you have created us all in your image and in your likeness.


And so, we still have the courage to dream the impossible.


We remember how you spoke into the darkness and created light.


And so, we still have the courage to dream the impossible.


We remember the ways you have delivered your people through trials and tribulations since the beginning of time, right up until this present moment.


And so, we still have the courage to dream the impossible.


God you have been the guiding light along the paths of hope and love leading toward a beloved community where all are equally seen and radically love.


And so, we still have the courage to dream the impossible.


We gather today remembering your presence amongst us and the call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you and our neighbors.


When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace


Prayer of Confession

God of faithfulness, we come to you in our faithlessness. We confess that we approach our lives and our world more in fear than in hope. We allow disappointment to blind us and setbacks to embitter us. We need fresh energy and renewed hope, new beginnings and new ideas. We need your grace to redirect our lives. Give us eyes of faith that we may discern the signs and the wonders in our midst, and give us courage to live in hope. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Assurance of Pardon


Sisters and brothers, your sins are forgiven; be at peace.


Thanks be to God.

Sharing the Peace of Christ & Announcements

Proclaiming the Word

A Reading from the Psalms

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God.


Lead Softly, Lord - Maxcine W. Posegate

The Southminster Choir

Lead on softly, Lord; Lord, lead on. In the unknown days to come, when I may be far from home, will You lead on softly, Lord, lead on. I must follow through the darkness, Lord, lead on. Light for only a step at a time, Your hand on mine. I must keep my eyes upon You, Lord, lead on; keep my eyes upon You, Lord, lead on. Though my eyes are blind with tears, when I cannot calm fears, I must keep my eyes upon You, Lord, lead on.

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures

I Chronicles 11:22-24

The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God.


Overcoming Lions and Other Obstacles

Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton

Our Response to the Word

Affirmation of Faith

from The United Church of Canada

(in unison)

We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God who has created and is creating; who has come in Jesus to reconcile and to make new. We trust in God who call us to be the church; to love and serve others; to seek justice and resist evil; to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.


For the Bread Which You Have Broken


Call to Offering & Prayer of Dedication

(in unison)

Holy God, we give you thanks and praise for strength you give to us to live out our lives in your grace. Be with us, strengthen our faith, use our gifts, and work in our lives to bear witness to your love and your justice in the lives of our neighbors. Amen.

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Allegro assai – Beethoven

Offertory Response



Invitation to the Lord's Table



As a sign of our unity in Christ, let us hold the cup

until all have been served and partake together.


The Invitation



The Lord be with you.



And also with you.



Lift up your hearts.



We lift them up to the Lord.



Let us give our thanks to the Lord our God.



It is right to give our thanks and praise.


The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving


The Lord's Prayer

(in unison)


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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 Breaking of Bread


The Prayer after Communion

(in unison)


Holy God, thank you for your love which unites us, your presence which fills us, and your life which empowers us to be your people. Amen.

Going Forth into the World to Live the Gospel


The Sending


Go to the World!


Benediction & Response

God Be with You Till We Meet Again

arr. Lloyd Larson

The Bells of Peace


Toccata in F Major – Pachelbel

The flowers for today’s worship service are given

by the Smith Children—Ken, Greg, Hugh, and Sarah

 to the Glory of God in memory of their mother, Sue Smith.


Shelley Moran, liturgist

Kerm Dyer & Lyle Wilke, audio/visual


Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton, Pastor (Transitional)

Joshua G. Hearn, Director of Music Ministry

Doxology | Text: Neil Weatherhogg, © 1990 Neil Weatherhogg. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

Go to the World | Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace | Text: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette; Tune: harm. John Weaver, © 2001 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette; © 1990 Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.