“Engaging in God-Exalting Worship” John 4:16-26 Sunday Sept. 10, 2017

Call to Worship 


L:         The Lord sits upon a throne, high and lofty.


P:         And the hem of his robe fills this place!


L:         The Lord’s glory is veiled by clouds of incense around the mercy seat.


P:         Six-winged seraphim attend to the Lord.


U:        We join with them singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory!”


Scripture (John 4:16-26)  

Our reading comes from the good news according to John. 

16Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Go, call your husband, and come back.”
 17The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;
18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”
 19The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet.
20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.
24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
 25The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”
 26Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Engaging in God-Exalting Worship” John 4:16-26 Sunday Sept. 10, 2017

“Engaging in God-Exalting Worship” 

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Christmas Eve Service – Gifts of the Season

Christmas Eve Service Thursday, December 24, 2015  7 p.m.



  • Prelude                        Instrumental
  • Welcome
  • Christ Candle Lighting
  • Opening Song “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” Chal. 164, vss. 1-3
  • Children Worship & Wonder

Gifts of the Advent Season

Theme Scripture                      Character                     Songs

  1. Peace Isaiah 9:1-7                 Animals                      The Friendly Beasts
  •  Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
  • “The Friendly Beasts” sung by children & parents
  • (GREEN)
  •  CHILDREN UNDER 3rd grade
  1. Hope Luke 1:26-38               Mary
  • “Skit & dance” to “Breath of Heaven.
  • (BLUE)
  •  CHI-RO
  1. Faith Matthew 1:18-24        Joseph
  •  (PURPLE)
  •   NO Congregational Song.
  •   CYF
  •  Presentation of series of boxes with cross inside innermost.
  •  Solo performance
  1. Joy Luke 2:8-20                 Shepherds
  •  (GOLD/YELLOW)  Joy balloon
  • Congregational Song: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Chal. 154, vss. 1-4
  •  Brief sayings about joy of being elders/shepherds.
  1. Love Luke 2:1-7                   Jesus
  • (RED)
  •   CCF
  •  Congregational Song: Love Came Down at Christmas, New Century 165, vss. 1-3
  •  Reading a poem
  •  Baby Jesus in box.
  1. Grace Matthew 2:1-12          Magi                CMF
  •  White blanket
  •  Congregational Song: As With Gladness, Chal. 173, vss. 1-3


  • Invitation to Offering & Communion
  • Passing out of Candles
  • Closing Song “Silent Night” Chalice 145, vss. 1-4 with “Peace, Peace”
  • Benediction

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A joyful thanks to Amy D. for organizing and planning this service and all whom also organized and participated!!!!

A personal thanks to our media team who worked this event Perry Mattern and Scott Ferguson and Bob Phillips for the prep work…Mairi


Copyrighted by Troy Sybrant Sermon

Peace Amidst the Tempest Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21, November 9 2014

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Peace Amidst the Tempest Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21, November 9 2014

Call to Worship:

t2 L:        In the midst of storms it’s easy to lose sight of the horizon.

P:         Yet if we keep our eyes fixed on God we are not lost.

L:        When waves and wind whip us about, we can lose heart.

P:         Yet if we remember God is with us we can take heart.

L:        On this voyage we will face perils.

P:         Yet let us be courageous, for God has overcome the world!

Scripture (Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21)  

 Our first reading comes from the good news according to Mark. Listen for God’s word.

        45Immediately Jesus made his  isciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 Our second reading continues from Mark’s gospel:

35On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

 Our third reading is from John’s gospel.

15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

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