Sunday, January 24, 2016 - New Milford United Methodist Church



Sunday, January 24, 2016 - New Milford United Methodist Church
U Closing Hymn #558
“We Are the Church” [v.v. 1-4]
U Commission, Benediction and Passing of the Peace
[adapted from 1 Corinthians 12, Luke 4, by Joanne C. Brown @ MinistryMatters]
The Spirit of God is upon you.
We go forth proclaiming God's love and liberation.
The Spirit of Christ is upon you.
We go forth to live lives of justice and freedom.
The power of the Spirit is upon you.
We go forth as one body, one spirit, one witness to the promises of our God.
Postlude Video
For just as the body is one
and has many members,
and all the members
of the body,
though many, are one body,
so its with Christ.
For in one Spirit
we were all baptized
into one body—
Jews or Greeks, slaves or free
—and all were made to drink
of one Spirit.
“Body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12”
[images by TWOTP, music: “I Need You to Survive” by Hezekiah Walker]
"For just as the body is one and has many members,
and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many."
New Milford
cover image: collage by pastor alex from image by yearinthebible.
liturgy: inspired by John van de Laar @;; worshipingwithchildren;
© 2016 Thom M. Shuman posted at; Nancy C. Townley & Joanne C. Brown
@; video images by TWOTP, music: “I Need You to Survive” by Hezekiah Walker.
68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776 | | 860.354.4596
Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, Pastor - mobile: 415-706.5397 | Zoe Vandermeer, Accompanist
Brinna Kolitz, Youth Leader | Ministers: All members of the New Milford UMC
January 24, 2016 at 9:30am
You are invited to worship with us in the quiet of prayer, in the joy of song,
and in the desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Part of our mission is to be a place for all people. All are welcome here!
Whatever your gender, age, race, religious background, economic status,
sexual orientation or condition of ableness, we greet you as a beloved child of God.
* The order of service is subject to change at the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Italicized Bold print invites congregational response in unison.
U Means you are invited to stand if able and comfortable.
“Hymn of Promise” by Natalie Sleeth
Zoe Vandermeer
“Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song” arr. by Peter Cutts
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Hymn of Praise #557
“Blest Be the Tie That Binds” [v. 3]
Children’s Message
Welcome & News
U Opening Hymn #550
“Christ From Whom All Blessings Flow”
U Call to Worship
“We Are the Gifted Body of Christ”
Pastor Alex
[adapted from concept by worshipingwithchildren]
Tony Dos Santos
[All children are invited to Sunday School for the lesson “Jesus Brings Good News” from Luke 4:14-30]
Prayer for Illumination
Today is a day of rejoicing!
Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming God’s handiwork.
It is a time to celebrate!
“One day gushes the news to the next,
and one night informs another what needs to be known…”
Jesus offers us a plan of action!
No longer are we trapped, wondering what we should be doing.
Jesus speaks to us of freedom, release from captivity, recovery of sight.
Jesus outlines the kind of disciples that are needed in God's world. AMEN.
Generous God,
You spoke Your word and revealed Your good news in Jesus, the Christ.
Fill all creation with that word again, so that by proclaiming Your joyful promises,
and singing of Your glorious hope to all peoples, we may become one living body,
Your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.
Bible Reading
Reflecting on God’s Message
Prayer of Invocation [adapted from prayer “The Way” by John van de Laar at Sacredise] Pastor Alex
“Blest Be the Tie That Binds” [v.v. 1, 2]
Prayers of the People [adapted from prayer by Thom M. Shuman @]
[Prayers of the People, concludes with LORD’s Prayer]
Loving God, more than any prize we might win, we long for the riches of Your joy;
more than all the world's empty calories, we hunger for the fullness of Your love;
more than all the fears promised to us, we embrace the peace of Your grace,
Healing Spirit, Three In One.
And as Jesus taught His disciples we now pray saying…
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.
Tony Dos Santos
[adapted from prayer posted at]
[adapted from paraphrase of Psalm 19 & liturgy by Nancy C. Townley]
U Hymn of Praise #557
U Sung Response #548
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a [NRSV]
“One Body | One Spirit”
Tony Dos Santos
Pastor Alex
“In Christ There Is No East or West”
Invitation to Offering
Offering of Tithes and Gifts
U Doxology #94
“The Gift of Love“ arr. by John Carter
Zoe Vandermeer
Zoe Vandermeer
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!
Offertory Prayer [adapted from prayer by Thom M. Shuman @]
Though many different amounts and ways, when gathered up by You, our gifts become
a food pantry, a rebuilt life, medicine for children, a caregiver to the lonely –
Your grace in action. In love we offer these gifts in the name of Jesus,
and ask that they may be multiplied for sake of Your children. Amen.

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