We will meet in-person and Livestream will also be available!
|Wherever we are in our spiritual journey,we intend to come into closer relationship with God and with each other. God’s presence awakens our hearts, and informs our lives, so that we are grounded by divine grace. Our church is a place where we practice living in faith, supporting each other so that with time we become the beloved community. For when we awaken our soul, God is brought into the world.|
February 5, 2023
5th Sunday of Epiphany Worship
Communion Sunday and Children’s Worship
Musicians: The Brunswick’s
Contemplative Prayer: On Virtue, Phillis Wheatley
Pass the Peace
Call to Worship:
Welcome to a time of wonder
and music that calls us home
Welcome to hear God’s words that inspire and challenge
and to reminders that we are offered holy hospitality –
Hospitality that teaches us how to open our lives to others
leading us to fully live open minds, open hearts, open doors.
*Singing: This Little Light of Mine, #585
1 This little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine,
this little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine;
this little light of mine, I’m goin’a let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. (let it shine)
2 Everywhere I go
3 All through the night
God of the Widow at Zarephath,
God of Joseph the Forgiver,
we stand in awe of people who showed hospitality
in the midst of sacrifice and betrayal.
Take us deep into the heart of hospitality.
Help us to understand that the generosity the world needs
often demands sacrifice on our part.
Be with those who have never known a table
blessed by laughter and welcome,
who have seldom heard affirmations
and who do not know your abiding love.
Remind us, O God, that we are to set many tables,
to speak blessings often
and to be your love in the world.
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Children’s Time: Hospitality
Reading: Luke 18:15-17
Reading: 1 Peter 4:8-11
Moment of silence
Message: Welcome Church!
Time for prayer
Joys and Concerns
The Lord’s prayer
*Offering and Gifts
Praise God, From whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sing: Gather Us In, #2236
Here in this place new light is
Now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to you in the light of this day
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken
Gather us in, the blind and the lame
Call to us now and we shall awaken
We shall arise at the sound of our name
We are the young, our lives are a mystery
We are the old who yearn for your face
We have been sung throughout all of history
Called to be light to the whole human race
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty
Gather us in, the proud and the strong
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly
Give us the courage to enter the song
Here we will take the wine and the water
Here we will take the bread of new birth
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters
Call us anew to be salt for the earth
Give us to drink the wine of compassion
Give us to eat the bread that is you
Nourish us well and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true
Not in the dark of buildings confining
Not in some heaven light years away
But here in this place the new light is shining
Now is the kingdom, now is the day
Gather us in and hold us forever
Gather us in and make us your own
Gather us in, all peoples together
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones
All St Helena United Methodist Church worship services will be livestreamed on YOUTUBE and recorded, then posted to both the YOUTUBE and Facebook church pages.
Our church Facebook page address is: https://www.facebook.com/st.helenaUMC
Our Sunday Coffee Fellowship-only Zoom meeting address is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3518499642
Please use our weekday small group-only link for your weekday meetings.