• Sunday Order of Service

    January 17, 2020

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer

    Call to Worship (from Isaiah 55:1-3)

    (silent reflection & prayer)


    “Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
    and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
    Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.

    2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
    Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.

    3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
    and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.


    The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you!
    Come, let us worship our God!

    Opening Song - "We Will Feast in the House of Zion"

    We will feast in the house of Zion.
    We will sing with our hearts restored.
    He has done great things, we will say together,
    We will feast and weep no more.


    We will not be burned by the fire.
    He is the Lord, our God.
    We are not consumed by the flood.
    Upheld, protected, gathered up.


    In the dark of night, before the dawn,
    My soul, be not afraid.
    For the promised morning, oh, how long?
    Oh, God of Jacob, be my strength!


    Every vow we've broken and betrayed,
    You are the Faithful one.
    And from the garden to the grave
    Bind us together, bring shalom!

    Confession of Faith - Apostles Creed

    We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
    We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    and born of the virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended into hell.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.


    Prayers of the People

    Gracious Father, we thank you as we recall the lavishness of your provision over our lives: the richness of friends and family, children and grandchildren, steady work and meaningful employment, the fellowship and communion we share in the body of Christ. For these and countless other blessings, we give thanks to you, the giver of all good gifts, who so richly provides and cares for us. Open our eyes to rightly see and receive these daily gifts, the big and the small, that we might praise you and have hearts full of gratitude and love toward you, our wonderful provider.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    O Bread of Life, we walk through a wilderness world as sojourners, as exiles, as those who are not yet home. We are hungry. Feed us. You are intimately acquainted with our needs, our desires, and our deepest hopes. Show us that in all our longings, at root we long for and need you. As you prepared a table in the wilderness for your people in the past, would you again, meet us and nourish us with yourself. Help us to come to you, wait up on you and be fed by you.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    Merciful Lord, there are countless ways in this past week alone where we have not loved you with our whole heart and have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves. Though we are in ourselves unworthy, you welcome us and receive us. Your grace is such that your table is always overflowing with the richest blessings: forgiveness of sins, cleansing from unrighteousness, and acceptance as your beloved. Would you
    convince the heart of each one of us this morning that you desire us to come to you and you desire in and through Jesus Christ to renew and refresh us.


    Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


    And with churches throughout the world we pray together, as your Son taught us to pray, saying:

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come, your 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 yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

    Scripture Reading - Matthew 14:13-21; 16:5-12

    Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces
    left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


    When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.


    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

    Sermon - "The Bread of Life and the Bread of Death"


    Good News of the Gospel (from John 6:35, 51)

    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”


    Christian, Jesus has given his life for you who have come to him and believed in him. In him you have forgiveness and eternal life. Thanks be to God!


    Song - "Jesus, I Come"

    Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
    Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of my sickness into Thy health,
    Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
    Out of my sin and into Thyself,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of my shameful failure and loss,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of earth's sorrows into Thy balm,
    Out of life's storms and into Thy calm,
    Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into Thy blessed will to abide,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
    Out of despair into raptures above,
    Upward forever on wings like a dove,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


    Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
    Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
    Into the joy and light of Thy home,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.
    Out of the depths of ruin untold,
    Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
    Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
    Jesus, I come to Thee.


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