Nottingham Presbyterian Church

January 16, 2022

 

 

Approaching God

 

 

Prelude    

Welcome

 

Call to Worship (Ps. 36:5-10, using The Message rendering, slightly altered)

 

Pastor: God’s love is meteoric, God’s loyalty astronomic.

           God’s purpose is titanic, God’s verdicts oceanic.

Many: Yet in God’s largeness nothing gets lost;

             Not a person, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.

All: How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings,

         To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our cups with spring water.

         You are a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

 

*Hymn # 435 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

 

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea.

There’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.

There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.

 

For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind.

And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, we would gladly trust God’s Word,

And our lives reflect thanksgiving for the goodness of our Lord.

 

(Text: Frederick William Faber, 1854, alt. Music: Dutch melody; arr. Julius Rontgen, c. 1906. No copyright)

 

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

God of all creation, we confess that we try to squeeze you down into a more manageable size. In our arrogance we take pride in our talents, forgetting they are gifts from you and are meant to be used for all. In our fear we deny our strengths, forgetting that you are our strength. In our jealousy we belittle the gifts you have given others. Forgive us, God. Teach us to celebrate the gifts which you offer all your children. Teach us to celebrate the community of all creation for which these gifts are given. In Christ’s name we pray. (a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)

 

Assurance of Pardon

One: God never intended that humanity should live in isolation. God created human beings and families – both biological and developed families. God created a landscape and a wide variety of animals for the enjoyment and appreciation of all creation. We have broken the unity of creation, but God sent Jesus Christ to mend our brokenness and to restore our unity with God and one another.

 

Many: Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, our woundedness is healed; our divisions are bridged; and the hopelessness of sin is transformed into the hope of redemption! Thanks be to God for the forgiveness we receive in Jesus Christ!

 

*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.

 

*Passing the Peace

 

Hearing God’s Word

Today’s Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible

 

Lesson from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

 

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

 

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

 

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!

 

Children’s Moment

 

Gospel Lesson         John 2:1-11

 

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

 

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

 

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

 

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

 

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

 

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

 

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

 

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!

 

Sermon         For the Common Good

 

 

Our Response to God

 

*Hymn    # 834 Precious Lord

 

Precious Lord, take my hand; lead me on, help me stand;

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.

Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light.

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near;

When my life is almost gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall;

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

 

 

(Text: Thomas A. Dorsey, 1938; Music: George N. Allen, 1844; arr. Thomas A. Dorsey, 1938. Text and Music Arr. Copyright 1938, ren. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (admin. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)

 

*Affirmation of Faith (Unison) (from the Brief Statement of Faith)

 

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,

teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,

healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,

eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,

and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,

Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain

and giving his life for the sins of the world.

God raised this Jesus from the dead,

vindicating his sinless life,

breaking the power of sin and evil,

delivering us from death to life eternal.

 

*Doxology

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God above ye heaven host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

Offering

The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come. Thy will be done

   On earth as it is in heaven.

 

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.

 

*Hymn # 314 Longing for Light verses 1, 2 and 5

 

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

Light for the world to see.

Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has power to save us.

Make us your living voice.

Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

Many the gifts, many the people,

Many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

Making your kingdom come.

Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

(Text and Music: Bernadette Farrell, 1993; copyright 1993 Bernadette Farrell (Published by OCP. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)

 

*Nottingham Presbyterian Church Mission Statement

 

We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•         Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•         Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•         Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•         Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.

 

 

 

*Charge and Benediction

Postlude

 

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