Wolcott United Methodist Church

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4023 VT Route 15 , Wolcott , VT 05680
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Worship Outline and Pastor Mike's Sermon for Sunday, January 26, 2020

posted on January 26

Third Sunday After Epiphany, January 26, 2020
Worship Leaders:  Pastor Michael Thorpe and Rev. Pat Thompson

*Please rise in body or in spirit


PRELUDE:                  Bringing in the Light of Christ
L:  This is the day the Lord has made.
P:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
L:  Let us worship the living God!
*OPENING HYMN:                “The Church’s One Foundation”                             UMH#545
OPENING PRAYER (in unison)
Here in this place we reenact and rehearse the story of a poetic, prophetic, priestly God. In liturgy, in litany, in prayer, in psalm, in meal, in hymns we remember and call into the present the story in which we live and move and have our being. Here we are woven into the wisdom story of many generations; we conspire with the Spirit towards a future garden for we are grounded in the names, dreams, signs and wonders of God’s communal story and in this place, we become anguished poets storied prophets creative priest, to each other and to a searching world. Our purposes in Christ, our mind that is in Christ – namely to love God and love neighbor – can bring us to unity in mission and action.   Amen.
SCRIPTURE:                                              Isaiah 9:1-4
                                                                   Psalm 27:1, 4-9                                        UMH#758
                                                           1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Hymn:                                                     Jesus Calls Us”                                     UMH#398 

Scripture:                                                Matthew 4:12-23
L: The Word of God for the people of God.
P: THANKS BE TO GOD.                        
Hymn of Preparation:         “Tu Has Venido a la Orilla”
                                             (Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore)                 UMH#344                 
MESSAGE:                                                “Follow Me”
OFFERTORY                                     “Spirit of the Living God”                              UMH#393
Offering Prayer (in unison)
God of light and love, we have in recent weeks sung our songs announcing the birth of our Savior. We have remembered Christ’s baptism and our own. We have acknowledged the light that came into the world though Christ, and now it is time to hear Jesus’ call to follow. He calls us to follow not just when it fits our schedule, not just when it doesn’t mean giving up something else, and not just when it is safe. We offer these gifts to you as a token, knowing that to truly follow we need to let go of all that calls us in a different direction. Help us to be faithful in following. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.(Matthew 4:12-23)
The Lord’s Prayer                                   
*CLOSING HYMN:               “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”              TFSW#2129
L:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. All:  Amen.
Closing Response:                       “Bind Us Together”                          TFWS#2226 

     We are led this morning by Michael Thorpe and Pat Thompson 

         you may call/text Pastor Mike at 802-355-9574 

Worship Leaders Today:
Worship Leaders:   Pastor Michael Thorpe and Rev. Pat Thompson
Musicians:  Pat Thompson and Michael Thorpe  
Usher:  Vernon Thompson
Reader:  Pat Thompson
Reader Next Week:  Laurie Thorpe

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                          "Prayer is not a substitute for action;

       it is an action for which there is no substitute."

Mayerling Anderson    Josh Ducharme     Sabrena Ducharme    Craig Lawson  
Nikki Ducharme    Alice Martin     Arthur Hooper   Nathanial McElroy      
Lori Jones   Angel and Royce Dunn     Mary Daniels & Family    
James and DeeDee Clark     Janet Lanphear    Arlo Sterner
Our Black History Month Event will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 5:00pm at the Wolcott Town Hall, co-sponsored by the WUMC, Ballet Wolcott, and the Wolcott Historical Society.  There will be an African dinner (with a few American dishes available, African dances by Ballet Wolcott, and a brief presentation on the ministry of Rev. George S. Brown and his missionary work in Africa.  Please share this information with all of your friends and invite them to attend.
There will also be a Black History Month Event at the Winooski United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 2 from 2:30 - 3:30 to celebrate the Buffalo Soldiers who were garrisoned at Fort Ethan Allen from 1909-1913 and for whom the Winooski Methodist Church was their home church.  Rev. Pat and Vernon are planning to attend, so if anyone would like to attend with them, please let her know.





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