SERVICE for THE LORD’S DAY
7th Sunday After Epiphany
We gather to worship God on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) because the Gospels testify that Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week. The Lord’s Day is also called the “eighth day” of creation, a sign of the new creation that has begun with Christ’s resurrection. While we may worship God on any day and at any time, the Sunday service in particular is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection and an anticipation of the fullness of God’s coming reign.
Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. Joseph lives it in Egypt. Jesus preaches it in the gospel. The Spirit guides us into merciful lives with the power of forgiveness to reconcile what is fractured and divided. Such merciful living is the baptismal blessing of having put on Christ. It is the gift of the life-giving Spirit. It is a reflection of the glory of God revealed in the Christ.
PRELUDE: We Are Called- David Haas; setting by Larry Shackley
GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Luke 6:35, 37) RI
Alleluia. Love your enemies, and you will be children of the Most High;
forgive, and you will be forgiven. Alleluia.
O Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your peace, that where there is hatred, we may sow love, where there is injury, pardon, and where there is despair, hope. Grant, O divine master, that we may seek to console, to understand, and to love in your name, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
*GATHERING HYMN # 753 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION CB
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who creates us and forms us, who redeems us and calls us, who unites us and sends us. Amen.
Gathered in God’s presence, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Mighty and loving God,
we confess that we are captive to sin
and cannot free ourselves.
We seek our own way.
We divide the body of Christ.
In your mercy, cleanse us and heal us.
Let the words of our mouths,
the thoughts of our hearts,
and everything that we do
be filled with faith, hope, and love.
Hear the voice of Jesus:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim release to the captives.”
In the name of + Jesus Christ, I proclaim to you that our sins are forgiven, and we are released. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours forever. Amen.
Since God has embraced us in, with and through Jesus the Christ, let us then forgive and embrace one another in the love and peace of God. The Peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.
OFFERING OF MUSIC: Spirit Song- Scottish folk tune; setting by Malcolm C. Wilson
ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verses 1, 4)
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION # 455 Listen to the Word That God Has Spoken
FIRST READING: Genesis 45:3-11, 15 RI
Many years after being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph reveals himself to them. Now the second-in-command in Egypt, Joseph reassures his brothers that God has used their evil intentions for good, to preserve life during a devastating famine, and Joseph forgives them.
3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.
4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ ”
15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.
The mystery of the ages revealed to all. Eph. 3:9–10
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 37:1-11, 39-40, Hymn # 706 Commit Your Way to God the Lord
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 FH
In the Apostles’ Creed, we speak of the “resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.” Using the metaphor of a planted seed and the story of Adam, Paul preaches passionately about the mystery of following Christ’s perfect life into eternity.
35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.
42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
This is the word of faith that we proclaim. Rom. 10:8
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Luke 6:27-38 CB
Jesus continues to address a crowd of his disciples. He invites his followers to shower radical love, blessing, forgiveness, generosity, and trust even to enemies and outsiders. Living in harmony with God’s intent brings the reward of overflowing blessing.
[Jesus said:] 27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
The mystery of the ages Eph. 3:5
revealed to the prophets and apostles.
Thanks be to God.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE FH
United as one body in Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
A brief silence.
We pray for the church. Fill us with a spirit of generosity and care. Lead us to forgive as we have been forgiven. Show us new ways to be helpful to others. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the earth. Grant seasonable weather for the planting and harvesting of crops. Protect farms, orchards, and gardens from damage. Bless those who till fields, those who care for livestock, and all who provide food. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For the nations. For all researchers and leaders who work to resolve complex issues; for all who teach peace and reconciliation to communities in conflict; for those affected by earthquake, drought, or storms, and all who come to their aid. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For those in need. For those who lack adequate food, shelter, or access to medical care; for those unable to find gainful employment. Heal the sick, and comfort the grieving (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
For this assembly. Inspire us to be good stewards of the resources you have entrusted to us. Teach us to give freely of ourselves and to offer our lives in service. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
With thanksgiving, we remember those who have died. This week we commemorate: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain; Matthia; Sebastian of Aparicio; Porphyrius of Gaza; Irene; Francis Possenti; Anne Line; Martin Bucer; David of Wales; George Herbert; John Wesley; Charles Wesley; and Angela of the Cross Guerrero. Even in the midst of death, give us faith to trust your promise of everlasting life. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Receive our prayers and fill us with the radiance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP FH
God of majesty and light, you hold the world in your hand. We praise you that in Jesus Christ all people may see your glory. We thank you for revealing Jesus to be your Son, and for claiming our lives in baptism
to be his glad disciples. By your Spirit, may peace descend upon us that we may follow him with grateful hearts. Take us and all we have to be useful in your service, God of all nations, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
During this time of offering you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what is means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to a love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?
Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smart phone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.
OFFERTORY: Amazing Grace- words by John Newton, 19th century English tune (composer unknown); setting by Gordon Young
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING RI
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy God, we praise you.
Let the heavens by joyful, and the earth be glad.
We bless you for creating the whole world,
for your promise to your people Israel,
and for Jesus Christ in whom your fullness dwells.
Born of Mary, he shares our life.
Eating with sinners, he welcomes us.
Guiding his people, he leads us.
Visiting the sick, he heals us.
Dying on the cross, he saves us.
Risen from the dead, he gives new life.
Living with you, he prays for us.
Send to us your Holy Spirit
that, being made one with Christ,
we may be one with each other
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory.
We praise you, eternal God,
through Christ your Word made flesh,
in the holy and life-giving Spirit, as we pray:
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.
*HYMN # 749 Come! Live in the Light! (We Are Called)
POSTLUDE: Prayer of St. Francis- Sebastian Temple; setting by Lloyd Larson
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.
The Melodious Minsters
Frank Hedgcock and John Clausz
COMMEMORATIONS THIS WEEK:
24 Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828– 1914)
Matthias (Acts 1: 21– 26)
25 Sebastian of Aparicio (1502– 1600)
26 Porphyrius of Gaza (353– 421)
27 Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows [Francis Possenti] (1838– 1862)
Anne Line (1565-1601)
28 Martin Bucer (1491– 1551)
Chartering of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Waukesha.
1 David of Wales (d. c. 603)
George Herbert (1593– 1663)
2 John Wesley (1703– 1791)
Charles Wesley (1707– 1788)
Angela of the Cross Guerrero (1846-1932)