The Second Sunday after Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)

“All Creatures of Our God and King”


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.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M: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.

M: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;

M: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. 

M: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.

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 49:1-7

The servant is not only to restore Israel, but also to bring news of God’s victory to the ends of the earth.

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.” And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

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

PSALM: Psalm 40:1-11

D: I waited patiently upon the Lord, who stooped to me and heard my cry.

C: The Lord lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a high cliff, making my footing sure.

D: The Lord put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in the Lord.

C: Happy are they who trust in the Lord! They do not turn to enemies or to those who follow lies.

D: Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God! In your plans for us, none can be compared with you! Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! But they are more than I can count.

C: Sacrifice and offering you do not desire; burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required.

D: And so I said, “Here I am; I come. In the scroll of the book it is written of me:

C: ‘I love to do your will, O my God; your Word is deep within me.’ ”

D: I proclaimed righteousness in the great assembly; I have not restrained my lips, O Lord, you know.

C: I have not hidden your righteousness in my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance;

        I have not concealed your steadfast love and truth from the great assembly.

D: You are the Lord; do not withhold your compassion from me; may your steadfast love and your truth continually keep me safe.

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Though God’s church in Corinth is a fractious congregation beset with many conflicts, Paul opens this letter by spotlighting the multiple ways God has enriched and sustained its life as part of the divine call.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

GOSPEL: John 1:29-42

John the Baptist’s witness to Jesus initiates a chain of testimony as his disciples begin to share with others what they have found.

[John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

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 – “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”


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.


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 (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 and praise.


P: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Holy God, Father, Son, and Spirit. 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.

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.


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!


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.



“What Feast of Love”

Take My Life, That I May Be


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



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


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  January 19, 2020 – The Second 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: Matt Wiltse and Frann Wilson

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

December Financials

December income  $15,000.32                      Expenses 2019   $99,804.13


January 19 – Allan Bucher

               20 – Veda Fillgrove

               25 – Charlotte Preston

Special Honors In observance of the World Council of Churches’ week of Prayer for the Christian Unity the Greater Olean Area Churches will honor the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany with it’s annual Ecumen Award.  All are welcome to help celebrate!  January 26, 2020 at 3 pm, St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY.  Reception to follow.

Souper Bowl of Caring Again this year we will be 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.

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 neice

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, January 19 – Matthew 18:1-6 and Psalm 119:73-80

Monday, January 20 – 2 John 4-11 and Psalm 119:81-88

Tuesday, January 21 – Hebrews 10:19-25 and Psalm 119:89-96

Wednesday, January 22 – Luke 24:36-49 and Psalm 119:97-104

Thursday, January 23 – John 16:16-24 and Psalm 119:105-112

Friday, January 24 – Matthew 11:20-30 and Psalm 119:113-120

Saturday, January 25 – Titus 1 and Psalm 119:121-128

January Baptismal Birthdays                       

Zakary Linza                            January 1

Ron Wolf                                 January 2

Laurie Zimmerman              January 12

Amy Mattern                          January 20

Beth Mattern                          January 20