Worship January 20, 2013 Epiphany Season

The Lord’s Day

Epiphany Season

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Lord’s Service

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church


We worship one God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

*indicates standing for those who are able


Introit:                  The Lord Is In His Holy Temple                         B. Vallandingham

 Apostolic Greeting

Minister: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

*Call to Worship (Psalm 96)

Minister: Oh sing to the LORD a new song;sing to the LORD, all the earth!

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,          his marvelous works among all the peoples!

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.      

*Hymn  100                               Holy, Holy, Holy                                NICAEA

*Prayer of Adoration

Minister:All honor, glory and praise to you Triune sovereign God for the Manifestation of Christ, your Son to redeemyour people; and we gathered here in your name join with all those who have seen His glory. Receive our praise and hear our prayers we beseech you through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

God Purifies Us by His Grace(1 John 2:7-11)

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In these and all our sins we have offended you, grieved the Spirit of adoption and wounded our own conscience.

(Private confession in silence)

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
Through the redeeming work of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us; free us from our sins
that we may delight in your will,  and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Words of Comfort

Minister: Hear these words of comfort found in 1 John 2:1-2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Declaration of Pardon

Minister: Brothers and Sisters, you have confessed your sins to almighty God. Do you believe that Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you? If this is your case, in the name of Christ and by the authority of His Word I declare to you that your sins are forgiven and you are not under condemnation of God. Amen.

*Hymn 76 (Stanza 4 unaccompanied)  Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven        LAUDA ANIMA

God Speaks to Us through His Word

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49:8-13

Psalm 46 sung                                                                                PETERSHAM

New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:18-30 and 19:1-10

Minister:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer for Illumination

Capture us, O God, with your truth and open our hearts and our minds to your wondrous love.
Speak your word to us; silence in us any voice but your own and be with us now as we turn our attention our minds and our hearts, to you, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sermon: Zacchaeus and  the other Rich Ruler   The Rev. Dr. Edd Cathey

*Hymn 613      Give Thanks Unto the Lord Jehovah                         RENDEZ A DIEU

Our Confession of Faith

The Nicene Creed p. 846 TH

God Feeds Us at His Table

The invitation

Minister: Listen to the welcoming words our Savior Christ says to all who turn to him:

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28)

‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’ (John 3:16)

Minister: Hear the words of Paul, the Lord’s apostle:

‘The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.’ (1 Timothy 1:15)

All who are baptized, who love and trust in Jesus Christ and live for him in the fellowship of his body, the church are welcome to receive the holy supper. We are taught in Scripture that we must not deny this profession by ongoing and unrepentant sin. As we eat and drink together we must discern that we are one body in Christ, reconciled to him and to one another by his death for us.  If we fail to discern this we incur judgment on ourselves.So let us examine ourselves to see whether such discernment is ours. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34a)

Prayer for Purity

All: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

*The Great Thanksgiving

Minister:  The Lord be with you.

People:     And also with you.

Minister:  Lift up your hearts.

People:     We lift them up unto the Lord. (Ephesians 2:4, 6 “But God..raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”)

Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:    It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Minister:   It is indeed right, a joyful thing, and our duty, at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be made manifest to all nations for us; that he might destroy the works of the devil and deliver us and all the world from Satan’s thralldom.

Therefore with angels, and archangels and all the company of heaven we join to praise you forever singing:

Sanctus and Benedictus (sung)                          AFTER NICAEA arr. T. Sills

The Thanksgiving, Institution and Consecration (seated)

Praise and thanks to you, Father in heaven: For on the night on which he was betrayed your Son Jesus Christ took bread and gave you thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying:

 “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,

“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20)
Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit into the midst of your Church. In our gathering before your throne, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

All: Amen.

Minister: The Peace of the Lord be with you.  Let us eat and drink as God’s reconciled children.

We Partake of the Body and Blood of Christ by Faith through the Holy Spirit

The distribution of the bread (please retain the bread and eat together)

Distribution Hymn 86   The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want            BROTHER JAMES’ AIR

 “The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”(1 Corinthians 10:16)

The distribution of the cup (please retain the cup and drink together)

Hymn 429 or 232 or similar arr.                   

“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16)

Minister: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food and drink of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; for he is our life, our hope and our peace.  Through him we offer our souls and bodies as living sacrifices. Send us forth in the power of the Holy Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

All: Amen.

We Offer Ourselves, our Gifts and Prayers

Offering God our wealth/Offertory

*Doxology   Hymn 731                                    OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayer of dedication

Items for Prayer

Call to Prayer

Minister:  The Lord be with you

People: And also with you.

Minister: Let us pray.

(Offered in the Minister’s words and concluding together with the Lord’s Prayer)

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 sins,

As we forgive those who sin 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. 


God Sends Us out with His Blessing

*Hymn  642                           Be Thou My Vision                                SLANE

Organ and Piano

*Dismissal and Benediction

Go bearing the name into which you were baptized, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you forever.  Amen.