Worship Service

Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

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Chorale-Prelude on “Lobt Gott, ihr Christen alle gleich”
—Paul Manz (1919–2009)

Rev. Ann Herlin

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Hazzard Family

In the beginning, God created the world, and God blessed it:
“It is good.”
In the beginning, God created light, and God blessed it:
“It is good.”
In the beginning, God created life, and blessed it:
“It is good.”
Since the beginning, God has not stopped creating,
calling us closer to all that is good.
Let us worship the God of all creation!

Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud

1. Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud,
Fortress, Fountain, Shelter, Light,
Judge, Defender, Mercy, Might,
Life whose life all life endowed:

May the church at prayer recall
that no single holy name
but the truth behind them all
is the God whom we proclaim.

2. Word and Wisdom, Root and Vine,
Shepherd, Savior, Servant, Lamb,
Well and Water, Bread and Wine,
Way who leads us to the I AM:

3. Storm and Stillness, Breath and Dove,
Thunder, Tempest, Whirlwind, Fire,
Comfort, Counselor, Presence, Love,
Energies that never tire:

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

God whose spirit moved over the waters, you have washed us in your mercy, claimed us as your own, bound us in community, and called us to lives of baptismal grace. Forgive us, for we have not lived as if we were your baptized people. We stumble over opportunities for forgiveness. We prioritize our own selfish interests. We are slow to disrupt the status quo, even when it means ignoring our neighbors’ suffering. Forgive us, and by your forgiveness, lead us back to your waters of transformation. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


Down to the river to pray
—Spiritual, arr. Alison Krauss (b. 1971)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano solo
Elise Jenkins, alto solo
James Huchla, tenor solo
Mike Rowan, bass solo

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin
Mark 1:4–11

Time with Children
The Browne/Cahir Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha
Marked for Life”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry
Adapted from the Book of Common Worship

In baptism, we become part of God’s royal priesthood, God’s own people, in order that we might proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called us out of darkness into God’s marvelous light.

In baptism God claims us, and seals us to show that we belong to God. God frees us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayer of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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 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.

Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways
west main

1. Down Galilee’s slow roadways
a stranger traveled on
from Nazareth to Jordan
to be baptized by John.
He went down to the waters
like soldier, scribe and slave,
but there within the river
was sign of birth and grave.

2. Arising from the river,
he saw the heavens torn;
It seemed the sky, so open,
revealed the Spirit’s form.
The holy dove descended
amid a glorious voice:
“You are my own beloved,
my Child, my heart, my choice.”

3. We too have found a roadway;
it led us to this place.
We all have had to travel
in search of hope and grace.
But now beside this water
again a voice is heard:
“You are my own, my chosen,
beloved of your Lord.”

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Choral Response

—Wendy Matney
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


Improvisation on “Wade in the Water”
—Steven Seigart (b. 1990)

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for detailed notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

Today’s flowers were arranged by Helen Cox.