Worship Bulletin – February 23, 2014
As the wise men did in days of old, we invite you to follow the star and discover Christ revealed to the nations! Come and celebrate with Central as we celebrate Jesus’ appearing, or Epiphany, to the world this Sunday.
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Lord’s Day, February 23, 2014 – 10:30 AM Worship
Welcome And Announcements
Passing the Peace
Call to Worship
Perfect Light of revelation, as you shone in the life of Jesus,
whose Epiphany we celebrate, so shine in us and through us,
that we may become beacons of truth and compassion,
enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen.
*Praise Music – “Open the Eyes of My Heart” & “How Great is Our God”
Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Offertory – “Amazing Grace”
*Song of Thanksgiving – “Give Thanks” – #170
Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. (repeat)
And now let the weak say, “I am strong,” Let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us. Give Thanks! (repeat)
Gospel Reading – John 15:12-17 – p.1159
*Praise Song – “I Am the God that Healeth Thee”
Sermon – “Just in case you missed it..” – Pastor Wesley Allen
*Hymn – “Great is Thy Faithfulness” – #139
*If you are able, please stand
February Benevolence: World Vision
We are privileged to be welcomed into many communities where Christianity is a minority faith — or barely present at all. This gives us great opportunities to serve in the name of Christ where He is not known, and to bring credibility to the gospel where it is disregarded or disrespected.
Our calling is to serve those living in poverty, even where cultural, religious, or legal constraints are placed on the expression of Christian faith. We choose to serve wholeheartedly in these places, because the alternative — allowing children to suffer needlessly from hunger, poverty, and disease — is unacceptable. Jesus’ call took Him to the poor; we follow His example.
In our work among people of other world religions, we value our common humanity and common desire to care for and protect vulnerable children. By developing relationships with people of other faiths, we have found that suspicion, mistrust, and fear are replaced with trust, friendship, and mutual support.