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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

JANUARY 21, 2018

Dorchester United Church

Wherever you are, whoever you are,
Join us in our Journey!

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD

TO PONDER: Is the call of God predicated on a 'successful' career or a faithful and committed one?

MUSICAL PRELUDE

HYMN: "On Eagle's Wings" V.U. 808

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
We wait in silence for God to come among us.
We hope in God who is our Redeemer.
The powers of this world shall not overcome us.
God will deliver us from wanton avarice and easy forgetfulness.
We will trust God and never lose heart.
Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

OPENING PRAYER

Creator and Sustainer, we come to You from the comforts and the stresses, the hopes and the fears of our daily lives. We come with our questions and our doubts. We come from the tangled confusion of the world. Be present to us that our broken lives may be renewed. Give us wisdom to live more fully in these days. We pray in the name of Jesus. AMEN

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

Like a new dawn breaking upon us, the light of Epiphany comes to open our eyes.
We cannot bear its brightness, God, so fill us with Your presence.

A PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We have heard a prophet's cry but we have continued to follow the old ways. God has brought a new system into being. God's rule is upon us. We can no longer seek shelter in our own prejudices. Let us turn from those values that entrap us. The God who has set us free calls us to set our hopes on Jesus the liberator. AMEN

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Hear the good news! We do not struggle alone against the forces arrayed against us. God sent Jesus to open a new way for us. We can live as a forgiven people.

HYMN "There's a wideness in God's mercy" V.U. 271

ANTHEM

WE HEAR GOD'S LOVING WORD FOR US

FIRST TESTAMENT READING Jonah 3: 1-5, 10

GOSPEL READING: Mark 1: 14-20

MESSAGE "That was not supposed to happen"

RESPONSE: V.U. 400
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place,
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace.

PASTORAL PRAYER

WE RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD IN FAITH AND ACTION

HYMN: " I see a new heaven" V.U. 713

OFFERING INVITATION

OFFERTORY RESPONSE: For food in a world where many walk in hunger, for friends in a world where many walk alone, for faith in a world where many walk in fear, we give you thanks, O God. V.U. 552

OFFERTORY PRAYER: We open our hearts to You, O God, that all sham and pretense may be banished from us in this most holy time. We offer ourselves and these gifts in the freedom Christ has won for us, for it is in His name that we pray. AMEN

HYMN: "Jesus, you have come to the lakeshore" V.U. 563

COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING

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