The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“All are Welcome”

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: We are gathered to worship God the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.                                                               

P: God of mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

C: Gracious God, have mercy on us. We have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our failures to bear your image in ways known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

P: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

C: Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want.

C: He gives us rest in green pastures; he leads us to still waters; he restores our souls.

P: He leads us in right paths for his name’s sake. 

C: Even though we walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death, we fear no evil;

P: for he is with us; his rod and staff comfort us. 

C: He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies; he anoints our heads with oil; our cups overflow. 

P: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives,

C: And we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

P: Let us pray. . . .

C: Lord God, mercifully receive the prayers of your people.  Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 (sit)

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The Lord sets before the people of God a clear choice. Life and prosperity will come to the faithful; loss of the land will be the consequence of disobedience.

[Moses said to the people:] See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 119:1-8

D: Happy are they whose way is blameless, who follow the teaching of the Lord!
C: Happy are they who observe your decrees and seek you with all their hearts,
D: who never do any wrong, but always walk in your ways.
C: You laid down your commandments, that we should fully keep them.
D: Oh, that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes!
C: Then I should not be put to shame, when I regard all your commandments.
D: I will thank you with a true heart, when I have learned your righteous judgments.
C: I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Human leaders in the church are not the ones who control ministry. Rather they are coworkers who belong to God, the one who truly controls and continuously empowers the ministry of the church.

Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

R:    Word of God, word of life.                 C:     Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Gospel: Matthew 5:21-26

Jesus exhorts his followers to embrace standards of righteousness that exceed traditional expectations.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

D: The Gospel of the Lord.                         C: Praise to you, O Christ.

WEE WORSHIP

SERMON

CREED (stand)

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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

SONG

“I Love to Tell the Story”

THE PRAYERS

L: O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep of his hand.” (Ps 95)

C: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they have their being.

L: You are worthy indeed to receive not just the worship and praise of our lips, but also of our hearts and souls. 

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: As we draw close to you, Lord, and the brightness of your love we are made only too aware of our own shortcomings. Enfold us in your love.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We pray for creativity in its many forms; we give you thanks for the skill of the weaver, potter, artist, sculptor, needle worker, and all who take that which you have given and make with it something of beauty for all to see.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We prayfor fruitfulness in its many forms; we give you thanks for selfless love, grace, wisdom, knowledge, sacrifice, and all who take that which you have given and feed the souls of others.

C: We praise you, O Lord.

L: We pray for all people everywhere, whoever they are and whatever their needs. O God, you created us, and you love us as a Father; teach us to trust you, and help us know that you love us completely. Help us not only ask you for help, but also listen and look for your answer.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: We pray for those who hate, that they may learn to love. Grant, Lord, that all people may live without fear and hatred as they walk in your ways.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: Help us to seek unity even while respecting each other’s differences, celebrating our variety while pursuing a common purpose, and each following our own mission as we journey through life. Strengthen your church, Lord, to be united in love and prayer.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

L: We pray for all who suffer in mind or body and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; and for those who mourn (especially…); we lift up those without faith, hope or love.

C: Hear us, O Lord.

PEACE  (please stand)

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.

OFFERTORY PRAYER

P: Merciful Father,

C: We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (sit)

OFFERING

Offertory (stand)        We Give Thee But Thine Own

We give Thee but Thine own, what-e’er the gift may be;

all that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.

DIALOGUE

P: The Lord be with you.                                     C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.                                          C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.      C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

PREFACE

P: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Holy God, Father, Son, and Spirit. From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is praised among all peoples. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with your people on earth and all the company of heaven who forever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Pow’r and might:

Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING

P: You are holy, Almighty One! You created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people to make your mercy and truth known in all the world. But we betrayed your calling;

C: You were faithful. But we wandered from the way;

P: You called us to return, and led us home.

C: And still we turned from your ways, abused your creatures, and enslaved ourselves to self-centeredness and death.

P: At the right time you came and dwelt among us, as one of us, bringing good news to the poor, healing the sick, raising the dead, sharing table with the unrighteous, and teaching the way that leads to life.

C: By your incarnation, life, execution and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery, and made a new covenant with us by water and the Spirit. 

P: On the night of his betrayal, our Lord Jesus, took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to his disciples saying, “This is my body which is given for you.”

P: He did the same with the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup poured out for all people is the new covenant in my blood.”

C: Blessed Trinity, we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us.

P: Pour out your Spirit on us

C: Pour out your Spirit on these gifts.

P: Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ.

C: Make us Christ’s body alive in the world.

P: May your kingdom come!

C: Glory to you!


LORD’S PRAYER

P: We pray as Jesus taught us:

C: 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 and ever. Amen. (sit)

COMMUNION HYMNS

“Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”

“Just as I Am, Without One Plea”  #359 LW

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: May this Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, strengthen you in the faith until life everlasting. 

C: Amen

BLESSING

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CLOSING SONG (stand)

“God Be With You”    #50 W&P

DISMISSAL

P: You have been blessed by God to be a blessing to those around you.

C: The Lord God is our strength! (Hab 3:19)

P: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer

Postlude

St. John’s Announcements  February 9, 2020  The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek   dr.d.cheek@gmail.com  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary, SJLC36@verizon.net

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director, christa.wentworth@gmail.com,

716-790-3128

Serving Today

Deacons: John Schultz and Matt Wiltse

Altar: Glenda Hall                        Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today after service – Coffee fellowship

Wednesday 2:45PM – Sonshine Group

7 PM – Prayer Gathering

Thursday 9 AM – Quilting

Birthdays

February 16 – Carl Kyser

          17 – Bonnie Harrier

          18 – Tucker Drum, Jeanine Wilcox

          21 – Sue Crowley, Fran Hill

Anniversaries

February 16 – Jerry and Carolynne leFeber 1 year

          21 – Julie and Keith Glover 17 years

Congregational Directory  I have placed 2 copies of the directory for you to look at in the narthex on the back table.  Please look it over to see if there are any mistakes or if I have left anyone out that you know of.  Feel free to mark these up and I will make corrections and additions.

Mid-Week Dinners  We are looking for people willing to be in charge of the mid-week dinners.  I have a sheet down in the basement for the mid-week dinners along with the regular monthly dinners.  If you are interested please sign-up.  Also if you have an idea what you might be bringing please write that on the list also.

Ash Wednesday and Lent  Ash Wednesday is February 26th this year.  It will be held here at St. John’s at 7 PM.  We have invited the other Lutheran Churches in the area to join us.  The following Wednesday, March 4th starts our mid-week services.  There will be a soup and sandwich dinner before the service at 6 PM and service at 7 PM.  Please join us for these meaningful services.

Spaghetti Dinner Our sister church, Immanuel Lutheran, is having a take-out Spaghetti Dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 26th.  It is running from 4 – 5:30 pm.  Adults $7, Children under 12 $3 and family $20.

Introductory or Member classes If you have any interest in an introductory or member class please let Pastor Cheek or Carolynne leFeber know.  It would be a short I day, couple hour class. 

Monthly Congregational Luncheons If you would like to host one of our monthly luncheons please put your name on the sheet in the basement by the kitchen.  We are also asking you to sign up if you will be bring an item to help out the host.  This just lets us know how many meats, vegs, fruits and desserts will be here. You don’t have to say exactly what you have in mind it’s just for information.  Also please feel free to come even if you can’t bring something with you.

Chairs  Chairs were donated to the church and we have an overabundance of them.  If you or anyone you know has a need for them please feel free to take them.  They were chairs that were in the Old Library before the newest renovation. 

Bible Study Pastor Cheek will be holding a weekly adult study of Isaiah on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 AM at Immanuel.  All are invited to join.

Food Pantry We are still collecting food items for the Food Pantry.  They have a great need for items now.  There is a bin in the narthex for you to place your donations.

Sign-out Sheet  Please use the sign out sheet in the office if you plan on borrowing any items from church.

Majengo  The Moores are asking for your help in supporting Majengo, a children’s home. You can put your donation in the box in the narthex. More info is in the narthex.

Service Personnel

Patrick Walsh – Ray and Vicky McKinneys grandson

Tony Wolf – Jerry Wolf’s son                             Isaac Clayson

Zachary Starr – Carolyn Wings nephew           Greg Estes

Trenton Wing – Carolyn Wings nephew          Adam Phearsdorf       

Robert Bastow – Connie Putts grandson

Sick

Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece                  Beth Wiltse

Jerry Givan- friend of the Prestons                                   Donald Hood       

Mary Ann Trieskey – friend of Dee Kyser                        Ray Limerick        

Brent Limerick                                                                      Bette Finger

Kevin Adshire and Dave Moore – friends of Ed Preston      Glen Reitz

Greg Givan – friend of the Prestons                                 Robyn Porterfield

Wendy Geems – Carolynn Filgroves sister-in-law         John Fillgrove

Angela Martin Emley – friend of Rodney and Kim                Jonathan Wesley

Beth Mattern                                                                        Nick and Catherine Heary                  

John M. Gray – son of John H. Gray                                 Jaidin Page                           

Richard Anderson – Sue Crowleys nephew                    Ann Pierce                            

Charlotte and Gene Preston                                              Jim Greene – Dee Kysers brother     

Homebound

Bob Salmonson            Jerry Spring           Ted Boser

George Schreiber         Sandy Watt           Merle Schultz               

Daily Devotions

Sunday, February 9 – Job 6:1-13 and Psalm 95:1-9

Monday, February 10 – Job 6:14-30 and Psalm 7

Tuesday, February 11 – Job 7 and Psalm 8

Wednesday, February 12 – Job 8 and Psalm 85

Thursday, February 13 – Job 9:1-20 and Psalm 69:29-36

Friday, February 14 – Job 10 and Psalm 144

Saturday, February 15 – Job 11 and Psalm 110

Baptismal Birthdays          

Julie Glover                   February 1

Jerry leFeber                 February 2

Allan Bucher                February 8

Bonnie Yaw                   February 9

Hans Sendlakowski      February 19

Scott Warner                February 20

Mary Moore                 February 24

Lucas Moshier              February 24

Jennifer Moshier         February 29