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First Presbyterian Church

“Called to Grow, Share, Serve” 

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 24, 2021  

8:45 & 11:00 AM Worship

Welcome & Announcements                                                     Rev. Jeff Smith

The Prelude                    I’ve Got Peace Like a River                arr. Emma Lou Diemer    

Gathering to Worship God

Responsive Call to Worship        Psalm 122:1; 4; 6-9             Steve Marks

Leader:        I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

People:        That is where the tribes go up – the tribes of the LORD – to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel. 

Leader:        Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  “May those who love you be secure.  May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

All:              For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.  Let us worship the God of peace! 

Song of Praise                 Forever Reign (Lyrics below)            arr. Rueben Morgan

Confessing Our Sin to God

Prayer of Confession                                                                  Rev. Jeff Smith

Lord, you desire to make us instruments of your peace yet so often we fall into the ways of the world.  When wronged, we harbor anger rather than pardon.  We remain content in broken relationships unless our demands are met.  Lord, forgive our foolish ways.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, let us freely pardon; where there is discord, let us sow your peace.  May the fruit of your Spirit lead us to be peaceful towards everyone around us, shining forth your love for the world to see.  For we offer our prayer to you in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

Declaration of Pardon

Leader:                  Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel!

All:                        In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!

Congregational Response                 Change My Heart, O God           

Change my heart, O God; make it ever true.

Changer my heart, O God; may I be like you.

You are the Potter; I am the clay.

Mold me and make me; this is what I pray. 

Passing The Peace                                                                           Rev. Jeff Smith

You are encouraged to text one another and pass Christ’s peace.

Proclaiming God’s Word

Sharing with our Children                                                            Erin Fowler

Choral Anthem                Healer of our Every Ill (Lyrics below)         #795                                          

Listening to the Word of God                                       

                    First Reading:                  John 14:25-27  (Unison)      Will Sabillo

                    Second Reading:              Philippians 4:6-7                  Steve Marks

Leader:        The Word of the Lord.

People:        Thanks be to God!

Word of God Proclaimed                                                          Rev. Jeff Smith

                                                  God’s Promises: “Peace”

Responding to the Word of God

Affirmation of Faith      Apostles’ Creed   

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer                              Will Sabillo

Responding as Faithful Stewards of God’s Good Gifts

Our Tithes and Offerings: As we give to the Lord, we encourage you to give one of two ways:

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Offertory                      Eye of the Storm (Lyrics below)             arr. Bryan Fowler

Doxology            (To the tune of All Creatures of our God and King)
                              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!

Prayer of Dedication                                                                     Steve Marks

Going to Love and Serve the Lord

Going to Serve          I’ve Got Peace Like a River (Lyrics below)         #623

Being Blessed to Be a Blessing                                                      Rev. Jeff Smith

Being Sent Into The World

The Postlude                  Every Time I Hear the Spirit         arr. Emma Lou Diemer



Forever Reign

Verse 1
You are good You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love You are love
On display for all to see
You are light You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

Verse 2
You are peace You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life You are life
In You death has lost its sting

Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

Verse 3
You are more You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God You are God
Of all else I’m letting go


My heart will sing no other Name

Eye Of The Storm

In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

Verse 1
When the solid ground is falling out
From underneath my feet
Between the black skies and my red eyes
I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been sold out
By my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me


Verse 2
When my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I’m runnin’ out of faith
I see the future I picture
Slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache
Are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name