The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

Christ, Be Our Light


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

C: Amen.

P: O King, enthroned on high, you fill the earth with your glory.

C: Holy is your name, Lord God Almighty!

P: In our sinfulness we cry to you to take our guilt away,

C: and to cleanse our lips to speak your word, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

P: We have failed to reflect your holiness; our whole society is Fallen and turned inward on itself.

C: God, our loving Father, we are sorry for the times we have used your gifts carelessly, and acted ungratefully. We enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but sometimes we forget that you are the source of all good things.

P: We are a people who are full and satisfied.

C: We store up goods for ourselves alone, as if there were no God and no heaven, and we ignore the cry of the hungry near our very gates.

P: We have seen the ill-treatment of others, and have done little to aid them, or change the course of their lives.

C: We have remained silent in the face of dishonesty, injustice, exploitation, and greed. Fear and self-interest have crippled our hearts.

P: We have not loved you with our whole hearts;

C: We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

P: We have sinned against you, and your Kingdom.

C: Have mercy on us and bring us back to yourself, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

P: God our maker and redeemer, this is your world and we are your people.

C: Come among us and save us.

P: The God of all healing, grace, and mercy has cleansed you from your sins and drawn you close to his heart. May you behold the glory of his Son + and follow in his steps.

C: Amen!


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:You called our spiritual father, Abraham, to leave his homeland and to journey to a land you would show him.

C: By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called, not knowing where he was going.

M:By faith he stayed in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents,

C: As did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. (Heb 11:8-10)

M:You bid us to come and follow you, Lord Jesus.

C: Foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Matt. 8:20)

M:You call us to deny our casual wants and take up a cross and follow you. (Luke 9:23)

C: Anyone who seeks to save his life will lose it, but anyone who loses his life in service of you will save it forever.  (Luke 9:24)

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Almighty God, you sent your Son as the Word of life of life for eyes to see and our ears to hear.  Help us to believe with joy what the Scriptures proclaim, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.     (sit)

FIRST READING: Isaiah 58:1-9a

God reminds us that outward observance is no substitute for acts of justice, such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and clothing the naked.

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

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

PSALM: Psalm: Psalm 112:1-9

D: Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord and have great delight in God’s commandments!
C: Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
D: Wealth and riches will be in their house, and their righteousness will last forever.
C: Light shines in the darkness for the upright; the righteous are merciful and full of compassion. 
D: It is good for them to be generous in lending and to manage their affairs with justice.
C: For they will never be shaken; the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
D: They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
C: Their heart is established and will not shrink, until they see their desire upon their enemies.
D: They have given freely to the poor, their righteousness stands fast forever; they will hold up their head with honor. 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12

True spiritual maturity involves judging ourselves and others in light of God’s revelation in the cross.

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

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

GOSPEL: Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encourages his followers to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, doing good works and keeping God’s commandments.

[Jesus says:] “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”  #649 WOV


L: Holy God, you have redeemed us through the death and resurrection of Christ. Inspire us to proclaim with the apostles that we have seen the Lord. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Creator God, you formed the world and called it good. Bless the earth, its creatures, and its vegetation. Guide us to be good stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Righteous God, you promise justice for all and peace in the nations. Raise up advocates and just rulers to guide all levels of government so that no one lives in fear. Protect those who live in war-torn and violent areas (especially).  Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Compassionate God, you hear the cries of those in need. Befriend the lonely, nourish the hungry, raise up the lowly, grant rest for the busy, pardon the imprisoned, comfort the bereaved, and heal the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Reconciling God, you perform wonders in our midst. By your Holy Spirit grant every good gift to the baptized, so that all may be united with Christ in his resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;

C: and though I am poor, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;

C: and though I am weak, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always given peace for the coming day;

C: and though of anxious heart, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always kept me safe in trials;

C: and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;

C: and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;

C: and though the night is here, today I believe.

L: Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;

C: and though you be silent now, today I believe.

PEACE (please stand)

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

C: And also with you.


M: 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



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: God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever.  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.

C: Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.


P: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

C: Amen.

P: Great is the majesty of your glory, Father. You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.

C: We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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 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: As often as we eat this bread and drink this wine, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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

P: We give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we ought, but as we are able.

C: Mercifully accept our praise and thanksgiving, and bless us, your servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace. Amen.

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)


“Here I am, Lord”  #752 WOV

“In Remembrance” 


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)   This Little Light of Mine


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 9, 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,,


Serving Today

Deacons: Matt Wiltse and Frann Wilson

Altar: Glenda Hall                        Minister of Music: Kim Voegelin

Calendar for the Week

Today                     after service                  Congregational Luncheon

Wednesday           6 PM                               Church Council

                                7 PM                               Prayer Gathering

Thursday               9 AM                              Quilting


February 9 – Carolynn Fillgrove

          12 – Christa Wentworth

          13 – Joan Hill

          14 – Kathy Warner

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.

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.

Souper Bowl of Caring  This year we collected 95 cans of soup and 4 boxes of crackers.  That will be enough to feed many families.  Thank you for helping out again this year.

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.

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


Sabrina Knell – Bonnie Harriers infant niece                  Joyce Solak

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 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