We are counting the weeks after Epiphany and attempting to get a glimpse of what life as the people of God might be like. We consider some of the most famous passages of scripture to help us shape a vision of the life we are called to live—not just a special, rise-to-the-occasion kind of life, but an everyday life, an ordinary life that isn’t ordinary. We are the evidence that our faith is true and our God is at work in the world. In other words, we are now the epiphany, the light shining forth for the world to see. And of course, we will fail from time to time. But how we deal with failure is also a sign of that presence and glimpse of the kin-dom. So, this ordinary time is extra-ordinary in the living of it. Let us embrace the call with grace and with joy.
- TFWS: The Faith We Sing
- UMH: The United Methodist Hymnal
- W&S: Worship and Song
Theme Hymn: Bring Forth the Kingdom TFWS 2190
Service Music: Sweet, Sweet Spirit UMH 334
Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie that Binds UMH 557
Be Thou My Vision UMH 451
January 15, 2023 - Not Lacking
Our text this week includes Paul’s assertion that the church has everything it needs to be the church. That’s an amazing and powerful statement of faith. Too often, we spend time wishing – wishing we had more people or more resources or more volunteers or more activity. But what if, instead, we were simply thankful?
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness UMH 140
- Lord God, Your Love Has Called Us Here UMH 579
- How Great Thou Art UMH 77
- Leaning on the Everlasting Arms UMH 133
- Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) W&S 3104