GATHERING SONG "Seek Ye First" (both
# 405 Hymnal
* CALL TO
L: Sisters and brothers, let
us worship the God whose Word is
P: Let us worship the God whose Word is MIGHT !
L: Let us worship the God whose Word is LIFE !
P: Let us worship the God whose Word is LIGHT !
* HYMN OF PRAISE #383 "This is a Day
of New Beginnings"
(all five verses) lyrics
Almighty Creator God, You spoke the universe to life and
uttered light into the darkness with Your eternal Word.
Speak life and light into us as well: that, hearing again
Your voice in a Christ of our own flesh and blood, we may
find ourselves the new creations that You would like us and
have called us to be. In His holy name we pray.
“He Touched Me” # 367 (Hymnal)
“People Need the Lord” # 2244 (The Faith We Sing)
EPISTLE LESSON Romans 6: 5—11
L: The Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God !
“Some Things Just Need to be Thrown Away” Pastor Ray
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Unison)
God of amazing grace, we confess that we are not the new
creations that You want us to be. We live lives of darkness
and death, and mock Your creative and redemptive power.
Forgive us, O God, and speak again Your life-giving,
light-shedding Word made flesh in Christ. Then open our ears
so that, hearing, we may be recreated in His image. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE:
L: A New Year. A new set of resolutions, O God !
P: Resolved to give thanks regularly.
Resolved to reflect diligently.
Resolved to make changes appropriately.
Resolved to act faithfully.
L: Pardon and peace are yours.
P: Thanks be to God ! Amen.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING (Hymnal ~ pages 13—14)
WORDS OF INSTITUTION (Pastor)
GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING
*DOXOLOGY # 94
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (Unison)
us, O God to leave behind token support for this church and
for Jesus Christ.
We resolve to serve You in the New Year, joyfully,
generously, and wholeheartedly. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(Sentence Prayers of praise or Petition.)
OF DEDICATION # 251 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”
*DISMISSAL # 242 “Love Came Down at Christmas” lyrics
( all three verses )