First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
January 8th, 2023
Photo by Amanda Taylor
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Gather us in, Radical Love.”
“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun” by John Hatton
Call to Worship
One: Welcome, you who hunger and thirst for justice.
Many: We come seeking.
One: Welcome, you who are horrified by power plays.
Many: We come hoping.
One: Welcome, you who are exhausted by hierarchies.
Many: We come for a different way of life.
One: Welcome, beloveds of God.
Many: We come to remember and learn the ways of God.
Hymn #244: “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”
The constancy of your love astounds us. The extents of your grace amaze us. Your capacity for mercy astonishes us. Help us take it all in.
Let it change us from the inside out. And then, Radical Love,
let it live in us.
Photo by Carolyn Micklas
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator)
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, for ever. Amen.
Listening and Reflecting
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Hymn #2094: Carol of the Epiphany
Time with Young People
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon: “Radical Experience of Acceptance”
Offertory: “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne” by Timothy R. Matthews arranged by Bill Wolaver
A Time to Consider Offering
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?