The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – 29 January  2023
THE FAITH COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR WORSHIP
The Prelude
The Greeting & Welcome and The Life & Work of the Church
Good News and Concerns
WE MAKE OUR HUMBLE APPROACH TO GOD
Lighting of the Christ Candle
As we light our Christ Candle may it remind us of the light and love that came into our world in Jesus our Saviour.
May the light of Christ’s love warm our hearts and shine through all we do in his name.
Call to Worship 
Arise, shine, for your light has come.
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us!
Dear Friends, we have gathered on this sacred day to worship God.
We come seeking comfort, inspiration, community and insight.
God, our Creator, welcomes each of us.
And offers us the assurance of a holy hope where we discover unlimited love.
God, our Emmanuel – Jesus our Saviour, welcomes each of us.
And offers us the assurance of a holy hope where we discover forgiveness and salvation.
God, our Guide and Sustainer, welcomes each of us.
And offers us the assurance of a holy hope where we discover acceptance, peace, joy and empowerment.
Come, my friends and let us worship our God – the God of amazing grace and glory.
Confessional Prayer of Approach
God of Light and Love, you are the source of all beauty and goodness; your grace descends afresh every morning.
We praise you for your neverfailing love that knows our needs and offers us a pathway to follow.
Even as we rejoice in your constant care, offering the world salvation through your Son Jesus we confess:
That we have not always led blameless lives or done what is right to live in your way. Forgive us those things we have done or left undone, things said or left unsaid. Teach us to walk blamelessly in your ways, that our whole life may be, again, rooted in you. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Words of Comfort and Assurance (based on John 1: 4-5 NLT)
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
This is the Good News about Jesus: through his redeeming mercy our sins are forgiven and we walk in the light of his love.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD FOR US TODAY
Hymn: “New Every Morning is the Love”  VU # 405
(Time with the Children and Youth)
Prayer for Inspiration
First Reading: Micah 6: 1 – 8
Psalm 15  VU # 736
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 18 - 31
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5: 1 – 12
Music Ministry
Meditation on The Word - Rev. Margaret Collins
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S LOVE FOR US
Hymn: “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”  VU # 356
The Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Presentation & Dedication of Our Offerings
WE GO IN FAITH TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD
Commissioning
In all our travelling
May the light and love of Jesus guide us
In our daily tasks
May we seek out the light and love of Jesus.
Within our homes and families
May we be enfolded by the light and love of Jesus.
In times of difficulty or hardship
May the light and love of Jesus guide and strengthen us.
In the living of our faith
May the light and love of Jesus guide us.
As we place our trust in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
May your light and love sustain us and may it be Jesus’ steps in which we walk. Amen.
Hymn of Commitment: “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”  VU # 556
Benediction & Choral Response:
            Announcements                 
Welcome  - Masks are not mandatory but we recommend and appreciate their use. Masks are available in the entry.  Thanks.
Reminder that both Churches are scent free.
Annual Meetings: Central Trinity  29 January after church and Cavendish 5 February after church. 
Official Board/Congregational Meeting Tuesday, 21 February at 8PM in Central Trinity
Applications for the Promise Bursary can be made at any time. The deadline for the Continuing Education Bursary is February 1st, 2023. See information in entry.
February Services:  9:30 Central Trinity    11:00 Cavendish