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Calendar of Events Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 15, 2017

Adult Study Opportunity - Parlor Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Handbell Rehearsal - In the loft O.W.L. for Kindergarten - 1st grade– Red Door Room O.W.L. for 2nd and 3rd grades - Orange Door Room O.W.L. for 4th - 6th grades - Green Door Room Caffeine - Loch Coffee Co. Midland Interfaith Potluck - Fellowship Hall Monday, January 16—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Offices closed Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

8:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17 Staff Meeting - Pastor’s Study Sacred Writings Study - Parlor Juliet’s Lunch - Pizza Sam’s Romeo’s Lunch - Logan’s Roadhouse Church Council - Parlor

9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 18 Bible Study - Parlor Bible Study - Blue Door Room

7:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 19 Choir Rehearsal - In the loft

7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20 Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21 Sunday, January 22 - MLK Observed Adult Study Opportunity - Parlor Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Handbell Rehearsal - In the Loft O.W.L. for Kindergarten - 3rd grade– Red Door Room O.W.L. for 4th - 6th grades - Green Door Room Social Concerns Film Series - at the Lovell’s home

8:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 23 Paint and Palette - Fellowship Hall Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

Rev. Roger C. Pancost, Pastor January 15, 2017 Second Sunday after Epiphany

Order of Worship Gathering Hymns Jesus Calls Us, o’er the Tumult


O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word


Welcome to Worship (Please sign the Fellowship Pad in the red folder at the end of the pew. Visitors, please give your address and phone number and sign our guest book located in the Narthex.)

Announcements Joys and Concerns Greet Each Other with the Peace of God Prelude

Meditation on Psalm 42:1

Douglas Wagner

We Bring the Light of Christ into Our Midst (Acolyte carries the Light to the Communion Table)

The special offering for the month of January is for Crossroad which helps children and was formerly “The Reformed Orphans Home of Fort Wayne, Indiana”. To make a contribution, please put a note on the information line of your check and drop it in the offering plate or turn it in at the church office. The Social Concerns Committee, charged with identification, education, and action on issues of social concern in the community and the world, is a committee which is open to anyone. We welcome new members to join us at any time. We usually meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month. If you think you might like to join, please contact any of the members of the committee, or simply show up. You will be very welcome!

Choral Introit The United Church of Christ Midland will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 12. The Board of Educational Ministries Soup Lunch will be held between worship and immediately before the Annual Meeting. The purpose of this meeting will be to receive annual reports, vote on the 2016 operating budget, install officers and board members, and any other church business. Please plan to attend your input is important! Childcare will be provided.

Call to Worship L: God calls us to be God’s servants in the world: P: to work for justice and goodness, L: to help those who feel unloved and unworthy to know that they are loved, P: to reach out to those who are in need, helping to alleviate not only their needs but their sense of hopelessness. L: We come together as a worshipping community to find renewal and strength for this important work. *


Born of God, Eternal Savior


(Asterisk indicates when you may stand. Please stand, as you are able, when the first notes of the hymn are played.)

The Juliets will meet on Tuesday, January 17th at Pizza Sam’s on Main Street in downtown Midland at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Sondi Geminder or Sue Rhodes. The Romeos will meet on Tuesday, January 17th at Logan’s Roadhouse on Eastman Avenue at 1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to join in! ACT Uganda is urgently seeking two orphan sponsors. You may be able to help. Please see the flyers located on the bulletin board adjacent to the church office.

Immediately following our service of worship please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the Board of Deacons.


O God, it is with a variety of talents, and with an array of interests that we come to worship you. We are here to unite our spirits and to be merged in hope as your servant people. Bless our differences, that the unique gifts and perceptions of each may strengthen our oneness. Drawn into your Spirit, we give you the thanks of our hearts, in the name of the living Christ. Amen.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the United Church of Christ, Midland will be closed on Monday, January 16. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 17. We will honor Dr. King during next Sunday’s service of worship, January 22. The Caffeine Young Adult Group for 18 - 22 year-olds will meet today. We will gather at Loch Coffee Co., 309 Dartmouth Drive, for discussion from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Come at 2:00 p.m. for time to fellowship first! All young adults are welcome!!! The YOUTH will spend four weeks in January and February working on a special mission project for SOUPER BOWL OF CARING. Their effort will have three important components. 1) initiate a food item collection to help alleviate local hunger 2) promote a special financial offering to take place on SUPER BOWL Sunday, February 5th to donate to local hunger agencies, and 3) participate in serving a meal at The Open Door on Saturday January 21. It is our plan to share valuable resources of food, finances, and time with both Midland’s Open Door and SAMS Emergency Food Pantry through this SOUPER BOWL OF CARING project. Be prepared to hear lots more information and sharing from our youth. Join the Social Concerns Committee for a series of three thought producing movies beginning January 22. See your January 2017 newsletter for additional information, dates, times and locations. All are welcome!

Unison Prayer

Children’s Moment Anthem



Youth Group

From A Distance

Scripture Psalm 40 Isaiah 49:1-7 John 1:29-42 Sermon

Souper Bowl


Pew Bible, pages 486-487 Pew Bible, pages 629-630 Pew Bible, pages 922-923

Rev. Roger C. Pancost What are you looking for? Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?

Prayers of the People The Lord’s Prayer (“ Debts” and “ Debtors” ) 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, for ever. Amen. Offertory *

Verset in D

Léon Boëllmann

Doxology Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above, you heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer of Dedication





Lead On Eternal Savior

Magnificat plein jeu

It is important for everyone to use the microphone during Announcements and Joys and Concerns.

This church is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask an usher for a receiver.

Large print bulletins and copies of today’s hymns are available for your use. Please ask an usher for a copy.

Audio CD’s of the worship service and a CD player may be borrowed from the office.

The church website is updated weekly and contains worship bulletins, sermons, calendars, newsletter and other offerings. Please visit



Choral Response Postlude

J. F. Dandrieu

(Because the Postlude is an integral part of the service we invite you to remain seated in silence.)

We Carry the Light of Christ into the World (Acolyte carries the Light from the Communion Table)

Acolyte: Malachi Vannette Liturgist: Marilyn Ehline Organist: Edward Soehnlen Director or Music: James Hohmeyer Director of Educational Ministries: Jennifer Ringgold Sound System Operator: Renee Turner Rainbow Door Room: Steve Ringgold SAFE Church Volunteer: Laurie Bledsoe

Hearing Assistance

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available in the Rainbow Door Room directly across the hall from the sanctuary. Please feel welcome to be with your child in the nursery if necessary. After Children's Moments, Sunday School classes meet in the Education wing. Each classroom has a brightly painted door to designate it's participants! Red Door is for Preschoolers, young fives, and Kindergartners. Green Door is for 1st and 2nd graders. Orange Door is where class meets for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. 6th - 8th grade has class in the Blue Door Room. Children age 3 and under are welcome in the sanctuary, or childcare is provided in the Rainbow Door Room across the hall.

January 15, 2017  
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