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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 30, 2022

Altar Flowers
The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in memory of Jean Bullivant, given by Jennifer Whittier.

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:

Gracious God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, quicken our understanding that we may receive the testimony of Scripture and believe in the signs that reveal your presence. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Hymn of Praise No.577

“God of Grace and God of Glory”

God of grace and God of glory,
on the people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story,
bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour,
for the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us
scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
Fears and doubts too long have bound us;
free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the living of these days,
for the living of these days.

Cure thy children’s warring madness,
bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore;
let the search for thy salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.

*Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I 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. 

*The Gloria Patri No. 70

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Call to Confession

We are called to trust in the One who made us and has redeemed us. Therefore, let us confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness as we pray together the Prayer of Confession:

Prayer of Confession

God of life, we admit to you and to each other that we have not always lived lives of love. We have lost patience and been rude. We have been irritable and insisted on our own way. We have even let love end. Forgive us and heal us, dear God, through Jesus Christ, your love incarnate. Amen.  

Declaration of Forgiveness

God has loved us since the beginning and God’s love for us will never end. Do not fear, therefore, but have faith in God’s steadfast love, God’s healing power, and God’s ability to make all things new. Amen.

Concerns of the Church Family
Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Children’s Church Dismissal 

Elementary age children are invited to attend Children’s Church. They will leave through the rear of the Sanctuary and return to the Narthex (gathering space outside of the Sanctuary) immediately after the worship service.

Hymn of Preparation  No.174

“His Name is Wonderful”

 His name is wonderful, his name is wonderful,
his name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
He is the mighty King, Master of Everything;
his name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
He’s the great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages,
almighty God is he; bow down before him,
love and adore him, his name is wonderful,
Jesus my Lord.

Scripture Reading: John 5:1-15

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon 

“Healed After 38 Years”

Offering
Offertory Anthem

“Let There Be Peace On Earth”
Jay Tumminello-Piano, arr.by Tumminello

*Doxology No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Reception of New Members – The Socklers and the Wards

*Hymn of Commitment No.369

“Blessed Assurance”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
(Refrain)

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.
(Refrain)

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Two-Fold Amen”

Postlude

Renew Your Recurring Gifts for 2022!
Are you using Realm to make recurring pledge gifts to the church? This January, it is time to update your online payment options in Realm. The recurring payment for your 2021 Pledge expires at the end of the calendar year and you need to set up another recurring payment toward your 2022 Pledge. There is a short tutorial on the website if you need help: bluffparkumc.org/give/renew-recurring-gifts/

Wednesdays with Friends – Faith Focus – February 9, 2022
For All Adults! On Wednesday, February 9th at 10 a.m., join us in the Chapel for Bible study, music, and fellowship with Rev. Drew Clayton from St. Marks UMC. An optional lunch of beef tips on rice, roasted vegetables and coca cola cake will be available immediately after the program, in the Fellowship Hall for $10 per person. [Lunch will only be available for those who reserve lunch and pay by Wednesday, February 2nd.] Because we must pay for the meals ahead of time, we cannot provide refunds after February 2nd. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed. Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3fkx4jk

Volunteer Meeting February 13th 9-10am
Are you looking for a way to get involved with our Youth/ Children’s Ministry? Come join us in the fellowship hall from 9-10 (during the Sunday School Hour) on Sunday February 13th. Both the Children’s Director (Rev. Stanley Davidson) and the Youth Director (JT Mercer) will present multiple ways they need volunteers in both ministries. Whether it is being a chaperone on a trip, being a second adult in Sunday school, leading a small group, or just helping get food ready there is always a need for volunteers! So consider dropping by to hear about the wonderful opportunities both these ministries have for adults to get involved.

Stained Glass Window Preservation Phase 2
Preservation work on the Sanctuary stained glass windows begins soon and will take several weeks to complete. The materials and large lifts required for the work will cause some noise and disruptions to building access—specially when they work on the windows near the Fellowship hall entrance. All entrances will be open normally on Sunday mornings.

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm.

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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

Marilyn Williams, Amanda Hoffman and her family, Jan Rogers, Phillip Richards and his family, Pat Reese, Todd McGarity, Stokely and Sandra Morgan, Frances Bellows, Andy Holder, Catherine Hallmark, Donny Finley, Bobbye Guyton, Pat Westbrook, Bobbie Moore, Pam Phagan, Ann Gilliland, Glynda Culver, Wanda Strong, Jo Ann Huddleston, Donna Burson, Nell Smith, Jerry Thorn, Lisa Avant, Gail Cooch, AV and Mary Marlow, Sue Crunk, Bill and Peggy Fields, Pan Cahoon, Jackie Teaford, Jackie Causey, Venice Russell, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Joe Bains, Kandis Scudder, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Matt and Pat Reeder, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Wayne Freeman, Joe Thomas, Charlotte Word, Linda Phillips, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

For our siblings in Ukraine as troops from Russia approach their borders and anxiety of an impending attack rises.

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Worship Staff

Rev. Mike Holly

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Art DeWeese

Director of the Sanctuary Choir

Jay Tumminello

Organist/Pianist

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