The Service of Worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses in Trumansburg, January 31, 2021

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Thank you, Lamb of God, that by your blood you have ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation and have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God. We rejoice that your grace reaches to the highest heaven and flows to the lowest valley, drawing in people from many diverse life experiences. _
Open our eyes to see the richness of the body of Christ, that we may grow and learn from one another, celebrate your goodness, and enjoy the gifts you have given to us in the many branches of your family tree! So that your name may be glorified, we praise you! Amen. Inspired by the Book of the Revelation 5:9-10_

The Prelude

The Welcome, News and Announcements

The Introit

The Call to Worship Samantha Heinle

One: For God alone our souls wait in silence. Our hope is from God, our fortress.
All: God is our rock and our salvation. God is our refuge and our deliverance.
One: Trust in God at all times, in all places. Pour out your hearts to the One who hears.
All: All people are valuable in God’s sight. No one is more important than another.
One: Worship God, who is ready to speak to us. Open your lives to God’s steadfast love.
All: All power in the universe belongs to God. God asks for our faithful service.
All: Let us be church. Let us worship God.

The Prayer of Confession

We await your message, God of all places and times. Sometimes we do not like what we hear, but we know we need to listen. While we make distinctions that favor us and our friends, your message is inclusive and fair. You call us out of our comfort zones to do new things and try better ways. You direct us to reach out to people with whom we seem to have little in common. Speak your truth to us in this service so we can carry it to the places where you want us to go, to the people you are eager to reach. Amen.

The Hymn #625, “How Great Thou Art”
(Please from the safety of your home, sing, recite, hum or all three.)

Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

The Hebrew Scripture Lesson Isaiah 40:27-31
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,

and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,

and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,

and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,

and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.

The New Testament Lesson The Book of the Revelation 5:9-10

9 They sing a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals,
for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God

saints from[a] every tribe and language and people and nation;
10 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving[b] our God,

and they will reign on earth.”

The Hymn #597, “Holy, Most Holy Lord”
(Please from the safety of your home, sing, recite, hum or all three this Carol.)
Holy, most holy Lord, Lord God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are filled, filled with your holy light.
Oh bless it is the one, the one who comes, comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna.

We Proclaim God’s Word

Prayer of Illumination

The Sermon “We Know We Are Heard”

Music for Meditation

We Respond to God’s Word

The Offertory

The Offertory Anthem

The Doxology

The Unison Prayer of and Dedication of Pledges

May these gifts, given to these ministries of grace, be a blessing to friends and strangers, those like us and those not, those deserving and those not, for in this way the love of God reaches all of God’s beloved. Amen.

The Joys and Concerns

The Silent, Intercessory and the Lord’s Prayer
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

We Go Forth in God’s Name

The Charge and Benediction

The Sending Hymn “Go Now in Peace”

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

The Postlude

Call to Worship and Invocation reprinted from Led By Love, Lavon Bayler; Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Rev. Madison Shockley, pastor of Pilgrim UCC, Carlsbad, CA

Many thanks to our Liturgist – Samantha Heinle!

Kristin Parry, Administrative Assistant
Joseph Pepper, Music Director & Keyboardist
Daniel J. Russell, Interim Pastor
69 East Main Street, P.O. Box 597, Trumansburg, NY 14886

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