For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
— Jeremiah 29:10-11
PRELUDE Creator of the Stars of Night
— Michael McCabe, arr.; © 1999 The Sacred Music Press
PSALM: 147: 12-20 Karen Winchester
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates, he blesses your children within you. He grants peace within your borders,
He fills you with the finest of wheat. He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down hail like crumbs—who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word and melts them, he makes his wind blow,
And the waters flow. He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!
INTRO Rev. Penny Phillips
SCRIPTURE John 1:1-17 Karen Armor
In the beginning, was the word and the word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him and without him, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John testified to him and said, “He who comes after me, ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” From his fullness, we have all received grace upon grace. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
SERMON Rev. Penny Phillips
INVITATION Rev. Penny Phillips
SHARING THE LORD’S SUPPER
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
— Johann Schop/J. S. Bach; © 1990 Westminster/John Knox Press
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator), 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
CLOSING PRAYERS Rev. Penny Phillips
Brightest and Best
— Mark Hayes, arr.; ©2007 Lorenz Publishing Co
POSTLUDE There’s a Song in the Air
— K. P. Harrington/Fred Bock; © 1984 by Fred Bock Music Company