The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”


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

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our failings, you are faithful and just to forgive us, and to lead us in the ways of Jesus. We pray, Merciful God…

C: We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have failed to reflect you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you as we should; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

P: When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us + our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross, and rising to new life. Rejoice in this good news!

C: Amen.


M: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M: What does scripture say the Lord requires of us?

C: To be just, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

M: Isaiah tells us this is the fast God desires of us:

C: To loose the bonds of oppression; undo the heavy burdens; free the oppressed; and to break every yoke;

M: We should share our bread with the hungry; provide shelter for those who are cast down; clothe the naked; and not hide ourselves from our own flesh and blood.

C: Then our light will break forth as the morning; healing shall abound; and our righteousness will go before us; and the glory of the Lord shall guard us.

M: Then we will call; and the Lord will answer. We shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

C: We will be like a well-watered garden, whose springs never fail. (Isa 58:6-12)

M: Let us pray. . . .

C: O God, you know that we cannot withstand the dangers which surround us.  Strengthen us in body and spirit so that, with your help we may be able to overcome the weakness that our sin has brought upon us; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


FIRST READING: Micah 6:1-8

With the mountains and the foundations of the earth as the jury, God brings a lawsuit against his people. He says he does not want or expect lavish sacrifices to attempt to earn divine favor. Rather God empowers the people to do justice, to love loyalty to God, and to walk shrewdly in God’s service.

Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.” “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 year old? 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?

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

PSALM: Psalm 15

D: Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? Who may abide upon your holy hill?
C: Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right, who speak the truth from their heart; 
D: they do not slander with the tongue, they do no evil to their friends; they do not cast discredit upon a neighbor.
C: In their sight the wicked are rejected, but they honor those who fear the Lord. They have sworn upon their health and do not take back their word.
D: They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take bribes against the innocent. Those who do these things shall never be overthrown.

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

According to the world’s standards of power and might, the message of the cross seems stupid and offensive.

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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

GOSPEL: 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 speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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



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 – “Spirit of the Living God”


L: Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need. For the church, visible and invisible; for all servants of the gospel; and for the holy people of God, that we hear your word, share your supper, and build your Kingdom, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For favorable weather; for calm waters and seas; and for all creation, that it become for us a reflection of God’s glory. For those affected by natural disasters, that they be provided relief, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who help make our communities safe: police officers and firefighters, military and international peacekeepers, local and national leaders, that God’s peace and compassion come also to us, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, those living with chronic illnesses, and those caring for them, for those awaiting the birth of children, those grieving a loss, people struggling with depression, and all people in need (especially…), that Christ, our great physician, care for all who are in distress, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: For those who are distracted by overwork, and those who seek more adequate employment, that we recognize God’s goodness in vocations of all kinds, let us pray.

C: Have mercy, O God.

L: Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.

PEACE  (please stand)

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

C: And also with you.


M: Blessed are you,O Lord God…

C: maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with all good things. We pause to give back to you a portion of your abundance to us. We offer ourselves to your service and dedicate our lives to the care and redemption of all that you have made, for the sake of him who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  (sit)


Offertory              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 (stand)

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 & praise.


P: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your son Jesus Christ our Lord.  And so, with choirs of angels and with all the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory and join their unending song of praise:

(WOV 619a)

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power, God of 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. Hosanna in the highest.


P: Gracious Father your mercy is endless. You fill all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

C: Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations, and you renewed your promise through the prophets; at this end of the ages, you sent your Son, who proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat; this is my body + given for you.

P: After supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all of them to drink, saying: this cup is the new covenant in my blood + shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

P: Whenever we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns.

C: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.   

P: Send your Holy Spirit, the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection, that we who receive this meal may be empowered to live for your glory.

C: Amen. Come Holy Spirit.

P: We join together as the people of God, singing the prayer Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil,

For the Kingdom, the pow’r,

and the glory are yours now and forever. (sit)


“Breathe on Me, Breath of God”

“Shine, Jesus Shine”  651 WOV


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

C: Amen.


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.


CLOSING SONG (stand)   “We Are One In the Spirit”


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)

M: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Silent Prayer


St. John’s Announcements  February 2, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Church office telephone # 716-373-0025

E-Mail Addresses

Derek Cheek  716-307-7963

Carolynne Solak leFeber, church secretary,

Christa Wentworth, youth & young adult director,, 716-790-3128

Serving Today

Deacons: Jim Schultz and Matt Wiltse

Altar: Glenda Hall                               Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today after service – Coffee Fellowship

Wednesday 7 PM – Prayer Gathering

Thursday 9 AM  – Quilting


February 3 – Halley Glover

5 – Lois King, Virginia Becker, Scott Warner

6 – Ben Glover, Ed Harrier


February 7 – Darwin and Lois King 50 years

Souper Bowl of Caring Again this year we are participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring.  We will be collecting items from now until Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. We will take any canned food and crackers.  Thank you in this effort to help local people in our area.

Congregational Luncheon  Next Sunday we will be having our monthly luncheon.  It is a celebration for Darwin and Lois King’s 50th wedding anniversary.  Bring a dish to share and enjoy some fellowship with fellow church family.

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.

Directory Update   Everyone Please give me your current information, phone #, address, e-mail.  You will not be included in the new paper directory unless you do.  I haven’t gotten many responses yet.  I will be finalizing the directory in January.  Thank you to those that have. 

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.

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


Grayson Harrier                                                                      Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece

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                  


Bob Salmonson                       Jerry Spring                 Ted Boser

George Schreiber                    Sandy Watt                  Merle Schultz             

Daily Devotions

Sunday, February 2 – Luke 2:22-38 and Psalm 84

Monday, February 3 – Micah 6:1-8 and Psalm 21

Tuesday, February 4 – Matthew 5:1-12 and Psalm 9:1-14

Wednesday, February 5 – Genesis 25:19-28 and Psalm 33:12-22

Thursday, February 6 – Matthew 5:13-20 and Psalm 65

Friday, February 7 – 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 and Psalm 111

Saturday, February 8 – Isaiah 58:3-12 and Psalm 112:1-9

 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