Bulletin: January 16, 2011

God invites us to worship…
Welcome / Passing the Peace
Life and Work of the Church Family
Lighting of the Christ Candle

At this sign * please stand.


LDR: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen. What is it we have come here looking for?
PPL: Where is it that we call ‘home’?
LDR: Where is it, really, that we want to go?
PPL: Who is it we seek to have present in our lives?
LDR: What are the questions we have brought to this time of worship?
PPL: We have come to see how questions may be answered and how answers change.

*“Arise, Your Light is Come” #79 VU

*Prayer of Approach
As sheep, we would be shepherded into your pastures.
As travellers, we would be saved from paths that deter us from faith and hope.
As thinking people, we would be preserved from thoughts that inhibit joy and love.
As seekers, we would find the way of truth and trust. Amen.

For all those young at heart

Story: “Who to Follow?”
Song: “I Am Walking a Path of Peace”
[p. 221 MV; if you need the words]
Prayer circle
Off to your classes

Scripture for Today

Isaiah 49:1-7: This passage is written in poetic prophecy and is filled with symbolic imagery; but speaks of a call that is redemptive in nature. The call is to a greater destiny one could/can fulfil, not alone, but in harmony with the Caller. It’s there that destiny may be found.
1 Corinthians 1:1-9: We may feel a sense of call to a destiny that’s out of reach. But, as we acknowledge a holy Companion accompanying us on the journey we will find the gifts we need for each new step. After all, “God is faithful”.
John 1:29-42: Jesus asked them, “What are you looking for”? Good question!
A Letter to John
“You Knew the Burden of Bearing Fruit”

*“Will You Come and See the Light?” # 96 VU

Congregational Prayer
God invites us to respond…
Worshiping with our Offerings

…while singing “I See a New Heaven” #713 VU
*Prayer of thanks and dedication: (in unison)

In the spirit of Jesus
we bring our gifts to you, loving God,
and give them with
a ready mind,
a willing spirit,
and a joyful heart. Amen.

“Take Time to be Holy” #672 VU
Celebrating our Faith in Communion
Please see: ‘Communion Service for Epiphany’
God goes with us in our daily lives
Commission & Benediction

And now, may the Lord bless you and keep you; may God’s face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, and give you peace.
Choral ‘Amen’.

BulletinGrace United Church