BELONG. GROW. SERVE.
When you worship with us in Traditional Worship at Bluff Park UMC, you will experience a friendly and relaxed form of historic Christian worship in a beautiful sanctuary designed for choral music. You will hear beautiful music from our Sanctuary Choir and our historic pipe organ. Dress is typically semi-formal, but wear what makes you most comfortable and know that you are welcome no matter what. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Desk near the sanctuary to find out more information!
Join us Live
Join us every Sunday at 10:00 am CST for our Traditional Worship Service broadcast live from our Sanctuary.
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 5, 2023
The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in memory of Elaine Armistead Clinton, given by Jack and Carole Armistead.
A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this evening:
Blessed God, I yearn to see your vision of justice, love, and peace made real for me this day. Open my eyes to the way of love that I may see your brilliant light shining into the hidden places of my heart and the darkened corners of the world. Amen.
Welcome and Announcements
“Be Joyful In The Lord”
*Processional Hymn No.92
“For The Beauty Of The Earth”
*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.
*Doxology – Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings 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.
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.
*Prayer for Illumination
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
*Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
“My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”
Nicole Helm-Oboe | Debi Whitcomb-Flute
“The Shepherd Supplies”
Call to Confession
Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
L: Hear the good news! Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. That proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
All: In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven! Glory to God! Amen.
Celebration of Holy Communion, pp. 12-15
The founder of all Methodist church families, John Wesley, believed and taught that Holy Communion is a vital act of worship and an essential means by which God’s grace penetrates into our lives and our hearts. The hope is that each of us, as we continue to grow in our understanding of God’s great gift of love in Christ Jesus, will respond to God by giving our whole selves to His care and service. Regularly participating in Holy Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper) reminds us that we have been forgiven of our sins and it educates us and strengthens us for the work of ministry.
L: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise
L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
L: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.
L: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
Music For Meditation
During Holy Communion this morning, we all have the opportunity to leave an additional offering on the altar rail. This offering is for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund where 100% of what is given goes to assist people in need. We often assist individuals or families with such emergency needs as food, water, shelter and utilities. An offering is not required, but any gift you share will make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.
*Hymn of Commitment No.136
“The Lord’s My Shepherd,I’ll Not Want”
Please know that during the hymn you are invited to come and pray in the chancel at the altar as you feel led.
*Sending Forth with Blessing
Bargains on the Bluff
The Spring Bargains on the Bluff consignment sale is February 10th from 9am—8pm and 11th from 9am—2pm. This sale is not only a great blessing to the families who take part in it, but it also raises money to support the children’s ministry here at our church. Camp on the Bluff and VBS are only possible thanks to this sale. Come shop and help spread the word: bargainsonthebluff.com
On March 10th-12th BPUMC Students will celebrate Discovery Weekend, one of their most important events of the year. This is a chance for our youth to grow closer to the Lord and to one another, and it’s a chance for all of us to invest in the students of our church! It takes a lot of hands to make Discovery Weekend happen, and we need your help to make this the best one yet. If you’d like to volunteer to support our youth at Discovery, whether by helping with meals, playing games, or even just sitting in a chair in a hallway during Romans vs. Christians, talk to Stanley or Regan or email Melissa Hendon at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our Youth Silent Auction is coming up on March 17th and we are so excited! This is our biggest youth fundraiser of the year and it’s a big part of what makes our youth ministry possible. The money we raise through Silent Auction helps us keep events like Discovery Weekend and ASP affordable so as many students as possible can participate in these life-changing events. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer or donate an item for the auction, but most of all we invite you to buy tickets and attend! It will be an incredible night of fun and fellowship and we hope you’ll join us!
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. We will have an Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 22nd, in the main Sanctuary.
Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm.
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.
Gail Cooch, The Family of Jamie Howell, The Family of Geneva Myers, Nathan and Amy Pearman, Paula Hardy and Family, The Family of Betty Knowles, Sara Perry and family, The Family of Michele Cahoon, The Family of Bennie Huguley, James Howard, The Family of Bill and Peggy Fields, Marvin Broome, The Family of Joe Thomas, Sue Pearson, Glynda Culver, Mitch and Christie O’Brien, Raymond Phagan, The Family of Odessa Harbor, Reid Armistead, Bill Cooch, Nathan and Alice Chase, Rosemary Hill, The Family of Frances Bellows, Glen McGarity and his family, Sylvia Harper and the family of Horace Pate, Marjorie Dulin, Joe Black and his family, The Family of Diane Broome, Sandra Morgan and her family, Carol Westbrook and Elizabeth Davis and their family, Sheree Beavers and her family, Jennifer Johnston, Ann Bice, The family of Patricia Shanlever, The people of Ukraine, Pan Cahoon, Mark and Becky Blankenship, Matt and Pat Reeder, Barbara Wilson, Betsy Delionback, Catherine Hallmark, Ann Gilliland, Lisa Avant, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Kandis Scudder, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Maya Wright, David Walker, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Pauline Hendricks, Charlotte Word, John McCrary, Connie Steele.
Prayers for Our World:
We offer our prayers to those throughout our world who are enduring civil unrest. We especially pray for the people of Peru where demonstrations against the government have caused deaths and injuries. We also lift up those affected by the recent escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and pray for leaders to develop a workable plan to reduce longstanding tensions there.
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