CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Second Sunday after Epiphany January 14, 2018 10:30 A.M.
NEW YEAR’S GEESE El Nino winter. January. Geese Fly high above this still suburban street, So high I hear their cries, then have to strain To see them -- not a V -- dark flecks of ink Bunched on a gray construction paper sky. They’re indistinct, seemingly in distress, Moving as bubbles move in boiling water, And getting nowhere. Honking wildly, they Appear to have encountered unawares Some mortal and invisible enemy. I can’t help but admire their stamina. Minutes go by. The geese keep grappling with Whatever chaos holds them in its grip. I’m thinking, Who does better most days? -- when Suddenly silence falls. For no clear reason, The nonstop caterwauling stops. One second And two and three . . . eternity . . . but brief: A single voice takes up its chant-like call. Others call back; and back and forth, the geese Soon antiphon themselves into formation -A fresh, clean V -- in which they vanish. Me? There can be mercy deep in memory, I’ve found -- unseen, piercing as parting sound. --Charles Hughes
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS INVITATION TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP *CALL TO WORSHIP The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. Shout out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Come into Godâ€™s presence with singing! For the Lord is a gracious God, whose mercy is everlasting; and whose faithfulness endures to all generations.
My Life Flows On vv 1 & 2
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, 3
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as you love us. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in you will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. (Silent prayer) *ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, keep us in eternal life. Amen. PASSING THE PEACE Since Christ has made us the blessed community, the church, let us greet one another with the peace and joy of Christ. Peace and joy be with you! And also with you. CHILDRENâ€™S SERMON CHURCH IN THE WORLD PSALM READING Response
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. --R Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night’, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. --R For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! 5
How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you. --R FIRST READING
Joshua 2:1-5, 8, 12-15, 22-23
Spies Sent to Jericho Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ So they went, and entered the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and spent the night there. The king of Jericho was told, ‘Some Israelites have come here tonight to search out the land.’ Then the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab, ‘Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come only to search out the whole land.’ But the woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said, ‘True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from. And when it was time to close the gate at dark, the men went out. Where the men went I do not know. Pursue them quickly, for you can overtake them.’ Before they went to sleep, she came up to them on the roof Now then, since I have dealt kindly with you, swear to me by the Lord that you in turn will deal kindly with my family. Give me a sign of good faith that you will spare my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.’ The men said to her, ‘Our life for yours! If you do not tell this business of ours, then we will deal kindly and faithfully with you when the Lord gives us the land.’ Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the outer side of the city wall and she resided within the wall itself. They departed and went into the hill country and stayed there for three days, until the pursuers returned. The pursuers had searched all along the way and found nothing. Then the two men came down again from the hill country. They crossed over, came to Joshua son of Nun, and told him all that had happened to them. *SECOND READING
Jesus Blesses Little Children People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was 6
indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. SERMON
Rev. Mark McDonough
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
Take, O Take Me as I Am
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
. . . Christ who invites us to meet him here.
. . . Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. ANOINTING
My Life Flows On vv 3 & 4
*CLOSING HYMN *BENEDICTION Blessing and laughter and loving be yours the love of a great God who names you and holds you while the earth turns and the heavens dance this day this night this moment and forever, Amen.
ASSISTING WITH WORSHIP TODAY Musician: Michael Wininsky Liturgist: Cindy Thomas Acolyte: Elijah Paik Communion: Anna Martin Usher: Tom Martin Counter: Tom Martin Coffee Hour: Carolyn McCarthy
January 21, 2018 Musician: Laura Wengler Liturgist: Bekki Schmitt Acolyte: Maya Meyers-Wesley Communion: Jessica Jagusch Usher: Ashanti Cook Counter: Steve Jagusch Coffee Hour: YOU?
CALENDAR AND ANNOUNCEMENTS COFFEE FELLOWSHIP Thank you all for stepping up to the plate, we are currently looking for coffee hosts for January 14th and on. CALVARY LABYRINTH The labyrinth is open to the public for walks every 2nd & 4th Sunday, 4:30 – 6 p.m. We are also hosting more private labyrinth groups. If you are willing to help out with hosting a labyrinth event, please contact Jonnie Guernsey or Nan Kim-Paik. There are weekday, weekday evening, weekend, and Sunday labyrinths. FIRST POTLUCK OF 2018 Our first 'second table' potluck of the year will be on January 28th. It will have the theme "New," so cook with your new cookware, try your new recipes, serve the food a new way, or just show up with a new appreciation for your fellow Calvarians. ANNUAL MEETING The congregation will be meeting again to review 2017 and plan for the year on February 11, 2018. Please put it into your calendar and join us for our February potluck and annual meeting. SOUTHSIDE SOUP #3 The Hegers invite us to join them at “Southside SOUP,” which is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in District 14. The event is on February 11th at Puddler's Hall from 4-7pm. For a donation of $10 for adults (children 12 and under are free) attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban ag, social justice, education, tech and more. Presenters share their ideas for 4 min and answer 4 questions from the audience. At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 1/16 Margaret Keehn 1/27 John Schmitt 1/27 Steven Smith 1/28 Cindy Thomas 2/10 Jonnie Guernsey 2/12 Utezi Kalumbula
Our Vision: Saying yes to abundant life. Our Mission: To embrace and affirm all who come through our doors as people created in the image of God; To love through compassionate service, innovative worship, nurturing education and scandalous hospitality; To be a sanctuary for all who need, all who want, all who question, all who seek; To lead in the work for justice and equality, to bind ourselves in solidarity with those who suffer, to be a sign of Christâ€™s love in the world; To preserve this historic landmark building that serves as our wider communityâ€™s gathering place for celebration, discussion, reflection and the performing arts in the heart of the city.
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