Montague Bulletin February 1, 2015

MEDITATION: The good news is that God loves me long before I could have done anything to deserve it. Desmond Tutu

PRELUDE ANNOUNCEMENTS INVITATION TO WORSHIP One: We gather to worship God who alone can heal us and make us whole. All: Open our hearts that you may transform our lives with your healing touch. One: We gather to worship God who alone speaks the word that calls forth life. All: Open our minds that you may transform us with your authoritative Word. One: We gather to worship God in spirit and in truth. All: Open our spirits that you may transform us by your powerful Spirit.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION Creator God, come be with us; disturb us, inspire us, give us that which you know we need, rather than that which we desire. Restore us to the adventure of discipleship, the joy of service to a true and living God. Amen.

HYMN: #64R All Creatures of Our God and King (vs. 1,3 & 5)

CHILDREN’S CHURCH PRAYER OF CONFESSION (all in unison) Holy One, you established your realm anew on earth in the advent of Jesus. By your authority vested in him and his obedience to your purpose, the power of evil was overcome, sin and death were defeated. Yet we live as though this were not so, as though human power were supreme, as though we could save ourselves. O God, we confess the fears that grip us, and the credence we give to false prophets and worldly wisdom. As members of this society, we are both the oppressed and the oppressors, and greatly in need of your deliverance. Forgive our sin, and set us free from all that would hold us in bondage. Amen

WORDS OF ASSURANCE In the midst of struggle, dis-ease and affliction, know that you are made in God’s image and God sees you as whole and good. So may you celebrate God in your midst through opportunities of wholeness and justice.

GLORIA PATRI (all in unison, please stand if able) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. World without end. Amen, Amen

CHORAL ANTHEM UNISON READING: #Psalm 111, p.525 in pew bible Scripture lessons Hebrew scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20, p.163 Gospel: Mark 1:21-28, p. 30

SERMON: Let the Caged Bird Sing!

HYMN: #93R Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

TIME OF PRAYER Joys and Concerns L: Let us join in prayer. The Lord be with you. P: And with your spirit Pastoral Prayer Silent Prayer Prayer Response

OFFERING Invitation to Giving Offertory Anthem Doxology #514Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above,ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION OF GIFTS AND SELF Transforming God, we dedicate our gifts for the health of your creation. May those who receive these gifts be blessed by your love and inspired to give to others so that your creation will continue to be transformed by your love. Amen.

SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION (intinction, wine in pottery, juice in silver)

HYMN #272R Blest Be the Tie That Binds

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE Depart in peace to do God’s will; walk ever in the light; for Christ is with us evermore, to guide us day and night.(Tune of Amazing Grace) Postlude **Please fill out the pew card or let a deacon or Pastor Barb (413-949-3391) know if you would like a visit or have a prayer concern. **

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF MONTAGUE, TRINITARIAN Montague, MA
February 1, 2015
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Pastor Rev. Barbara E. Turner Delisle
Minister of Children’s Education: Rev. Sherril Willis
Music Director: Ann Cenzano
Deacon of the Month: Janet Andrews (413-773-0444)
montaguechurch.org/ 413-367-9467

PRAYER GARDEN (If you know of someone you would like us to pray for please put their name on a slip of paper and drop it into the offering plate or let one of the deacons or secretary Ann Cenzano know of their name. Names will stay on the list for approximately one month.) Robert Burns family, Tina Wells, Nicole Cuthbert, Steve M., Janice Daysh, Connie, Bob and Barbara Turner, Margaret and Brian Felix

ANNOUNCEMENTS
February 18: Ash Wednesday 6pm Service of Holy Communion with deposition of Ashes in our chapel Also all are invited to attend the service at Holy Name of Jesus Church in S. Deerfield followed by the first of the Lenten series presentations and refreshments. (see back of insert for full schedule)
Mar 17: 6-8pm First of monthly support group meetings for caregivers of people with Alzheimers in our chapel.

***Please fill out the pew card or let a deacon or Pastor Barb (413-949-3391) know if you would like a visit or have a prayer concern.
Janet Andrews (413-773-0444) and Dusti Dufresne (413- 834-8881) are February Deacons of the month
See www.montaguechurch.org for more information 

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