First Presbyterian Church of Byron
January 29, 2017 4th Sunday in Epiphany
James Renfrew, Pastor Kim Dewey, Clerk of Session Elizabeth Weber, Organist
PRELUDE “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” with Laurence Tallman
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Micah 6:6-8)
With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my
body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #667 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Dear God, what Jesus teaches is not easy. “Blessed are the poor”, Jesus says, but we are far more interested in accumulating wealth. “Blessed are the meek”, Jesus says, but we have far more respect for the powerful. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst”, Jesus says, but we prefer to blame the poor for their own poverty. “Blessed are the peacemakers”, Jesus says, but we prefer to trust in strength of arms. In so many ways, what Jesus teaches is actually the opposite of how we live. We need his help! We’re praying in Jesus’ name. Amen.
GOD’S LOVE IN ABUNDANCE
God loves us when we are not loving. God loves us when we are
not lovable. God loves and forgives us even when we are at our
worst. More than that, God gives us the power to love others when we do not feel like it, to say kind words to people we do not like, even to take care of others when we are tired and want someone to take care of us. When God’s power works through us, we are surprised by
what can happen! Thanks be to God. Amen!
*GLORIA PATRI #581 A traditional song of praise
TIME WITH CHILDREN “How Do You Think Jesus Taught?”
*THE PEACE OF CHRIST
(We share a peaceful greeting as children leave for Sunday School)
*HYMN #702 “Christ Be Beside Me”
PRAYERS / THE LORD’S PRAYER
(Please stand when offering a prayer concern so that all may hear you!)
*DOXOLOGY #606 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Jesus says, “Blessed are the merciful”, and we welcome the opportunity to be merciful to others in our offering. We can be merciful because Jesus has been merciful to each one of us. More times than we can count. “Blessed are the merciful”. Amen.
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 5:1-12
“When Jesus saw the crowds,
he went up the mountain, and
after he sat down, his disciples
came to him. Then he began to
“What Disciples Do” Rev. James Renfrew
* WE BELIEVE “The Great Ends of the Church”
All power in heaven and earth is given to Jesus Christ by Almighty God, who raised Christ from the dead and set him above all rule and authority, all power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. God has put all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has made Christ Head of the Church, which is his body.
The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind,; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. [Presbyterian Book of Order, G-1.00000-1.0200]
*HYMN #804 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”
*BLESSING & RESPONSE #155 “Raise a Song of Gladness”
Rest Rooms are just beyond the door next to the pulpit.
Hearing Loops are available at the rear of the church.
An elevator is located at the side entrance of the church.
Large Print bulletins are available at the rear of the church.
Today: 9:45 AM Worship
10:45 AM Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Tuesday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM Presbytery meets at Irondequoit PC
Thursday: 11:00 PM Janet in office
6:30 PM Joint meeting Elders, Deacons & Trustees
Next Sunday: 9:45 AM Sunday Worship
Marian Shepard (UMMC/LVG) Jean Roda Carl & Nancy Clark
Alayna DeHond (Peace Corps) Melanie Nesbitt Matt Paine (US Air Force)
Jim Moore (Village Green) Tom Wenhold John O’Neil
Helen Moore (now home) Sue Cokely Ruth McCracken
Gene Richenburg (surgery) Carol Stamp
Today, January 29 – The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will take place following worship, with a light meal, for the purpose of reviewing financial reports, electing new church officers, and hearing the reports of various boards and committees of the church. All members and friends of the church are urged to attend!
Our supply of 2017 offering envelopes is now exhausted! Please speak to Gwen George to obtain a number to use in make an offering in order for the church to keep track of your contributions. In each box there is an envelope marked “Per Capita”. Per Capita, set at $30.65, represents each church member’s fair share of the operating expenses of the Presbytery, Synod of the Northeast, and the PCUSA. You may put this envelope in the offering plate at any time this year
Please support our emergency food donation box each week! Peanut butter, crackers, juice boxes, canned fruits and vegetables are always needed, as well as grocery bags. Food items are sent to the Emergency Food Shelf of Genesee County Churches United at the Salvation Army in Batavia. You may deposit items in the box at the back of the sanctuary, or in the grocery cart at the side entrance.
First Presbyterian Church
Byron, New York