The Third Sunday after Epiphany

ENTRANCE HYMN  (please stand)                    “All are Welcome”


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

C: Amen.

P: Merciful God, we your children stand before you knowing that we have failed to bear your image in your world as you have called us to do.

C: Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbor, in what we have thought, in what we have said, and done; through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed; and we repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light.

P: God, the Father of mercies, has reconciled the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ, not counting our trespasses against us, but sending his Holy Spirit to shed abroad his love among us. By the ministry of reconciliation entrusted by Christ to his church, receive his pardon and peace. You are forgiven in the name of the Father, the Son + and the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


M:The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

M:My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

C: For he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

M:Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 

C: For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 

M:His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 

C: He has shown strength; and scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 

M:He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 

C: He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 

M:Let us pray. . . .

C: Lord God, your lovingkindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 9:1-4

The northern tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali experienced the gloom of defeat by Assyrian military forces, but they are assured that their condition will be reversed when God makes a light-filled appearance.

There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time [the Lord] brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

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

PSALM: Psalm 27:1, 4-9

D: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the     stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

C: One thing I ask of the Lord; one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek God in the temple.

D: For in the day of trouble God will give me shelter, hide me in the hidden places of the sanctuary, and raise me high upon a rock.

C: Even now my head is lifted up above my enemies; therefore I will offer sacrifices of rejoicing; The Lord is my light and my salvation.

D: Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me.

C: My heart speaks your message—“Seek my face.” Your face, O Lord, I will seek.

D: Hide not your face from me, turn not away from your servant; The Lord is my light and my salvation.

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Paul calls on the Corinthians to end their dissensions and share the unified outlook of the gospel. Discord arises when we forget that we belong not to human leaders or institutions but to Christ.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you […] For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For 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.

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

GOSPEL: Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus begins his public ministry shortly after John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod. He proclaims the nearness of God’s reign and calls four fishermen to be his first disciples.

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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



CREED (stand)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God: who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

SONG             “God of Grace and God of Glory”


L: Father your Son says: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We ask you to help us to set aside our pride so we can better seek to build your Kingdom on earth.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Help us to stand with those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit; (especially) may we show your compassion.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Help us to stop striving to create kingdoms of our own in your world.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Help us to share some small part our many blessings with others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us, and help us know that forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means choosing not seek vengeance.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Teach us to consider the needs of others even as we look to our own interests.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Help us to show dignity and respect to all people, and find “win/win” solutions to conflicts as often as possible.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. May we take up our cross, as your Son called us to do, sacrificially caring for others.

C: Help us, Father, to trust that your ways are truly best.

L: 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.

C: Amen.

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: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God.

C: Amen.

“This Is The Feast”

This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


P: We gather around the table with the offering of bread and drink upon it, and the promise of the Living Christ among us. This is the welcome table of God, where all who seek to be at peace with their neighbor, and all who seek the mercy of God in Christ, are embraced. Come, for we are invited into this holy mystery.

C: We are ready!

P: Jesus says: “I am the bread of life. All who come to me shall not hunger, and all who believe in me shall never be thirsty.”

C: We are hungry and thirsty. O Lamb of God, we come!

P: On the night of his betrayal, Jesus took his authority as the Christ, the Anointed of God, and offered bread in thanksgiving saying:  “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you.”

P: In the same way, and by the same authority, Jesus offered the cup in thanksgiving saying: “Take, drink. This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you and for all people, for the forgiveness of sins.”   

C: Come, Holy Spirit. Open our eyes to the mystery of Christ’s presence in these ordinary things, and in our ordinary lives.

P: These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Come, for all things are ready!


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                One bread, one body, WOV 710

“Break Thou the Bread of Life”


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



“Blessed Assurance”  #699 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: John Schultz and Jim Schultz

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


January 29 – Dave and Terry Wiltse 48 years

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 26 – John 15:1-17 and Psalm 119:129-136

Monday, January 27 – Matthew 5:17-20 and Psalm 119:137-144

Tuesday, January 28 – Hebrews 13:1-18 and Psalm 119:145-152

Wednesday, January 29 – Ephesians 2:1-10 and Psalm 119:153-160

Thursday, January 30 – 2 Peter 3:1-13 and Psalm 119:161-168

Friday, January 31 – Revelation 22:1-10 and Psalm 119:169-176

Saturday, February 1 – Hebrews 2:14-18 and Psalm 23

January Baptismal Birthdays                       

Zakary Linza                            January 1

Ron Wolf                                 January 2

Laurie Zimmerman                 January 12

Amy Mattern                          January 20

Beth Mattern                          January 20