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Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 23, 2022

WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Rev. Andrew L. Heil

PRELUDE: Jesus, Priceless Treasure
T. Jesu meine Freude 
Erik Salzwedel, trombone
setting by Erik Salzwedel, 2014


LITURGY: Christian Unity, pages 122-126


Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a

Luke 4: 14-21

HYMN 506 - Holy Lord, Holy Lord 
T. Holy Lord

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Nehemiah 8: 1-10
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen

SERMON - The Joy of the Lord

HYMN 620 - We All Are One in Mission
T. Accord


The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.

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ANTHEM: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Calvin Hampton (1977)
Linn van Meter, violist, and Choir



Rev. Heil

HYMN - Bless Us Richly (insert)
T. Salem Home



POSTLUDE - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BWV 734
setting by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) 
(Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice)


The flowers are placed in the Sanctuary today in loving memory of Shirley Sutphin, CB Stoltz, Jr., Minnie Bell Stoltz, Charlie B. Stoltz Sr., and Tom and Alma Crews by Linda and Terry Montgomery.

Thank you for wearing a mask in worship today. Doing so shows hospitality to those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised. Our Board of Elders and Safety Ministry Team regularly revisit the use of masks and will quickly communicate any updates. Again, thank you for your act of hospitality.

Upper Room devotionals are available to take with you. They are located in the West Vestibule.

Wednesday Night Fellowship looks forward to hosting Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood for the next two sessions. He speaks this coming, Wednesday, January 26, via Zoom, on The Moravian Lebenslauf (memoir) as a Spiritual Practice. He then will speak on The Readings for Holy Week and Moravian Spirituality on February 2.


NURSERY, CE-105, Who is this Child!

GODLY PLAY continued,
10:20 a.m., CE-101 (ages 3 and up)
Jesus in the Wilderness 

Bible Discussion, via Zoom only: The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1:40 and following 
Epiphany Mission Sunday School, via Zoom only: Ms. Ruth Burcaw of City with Dwellings, A Journey through Homelessness
Zoom link Meeting ID: 746 033 5693 Passcode: 34568983 YOUTH FELLOWSHIP, via Zoom at 2:00 p.m.


Today -

  • 10:00 a.m. - Morning Worship
  • 10:20 a.m. - Godly Play continues, CE-101
  • 11:15 a.m. - SS Bible Discussion, via Zoom only
    Epiphany Mission SS, Sanctuary and via Livestream

Wednesday -

  • 2:00 p.m. – Prayer Shawl Ministry, Parlor
  • 6:45 p.m. – WNF Program, Sanctuary and via Livestream

Thursday -

  • 6:30 p.m. – Choir, RB 

Next Sunday - 

  • 9:10 a.m. – Nursery
  • 9:15 a.m. – Godly Play with Families, CE-101
  • 10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship
  • 10:20 a.m. – Godly Play continues, CE-101
  • 11:15 a.m. – Epiphany Mission SS, Sanctuary and via Livestream


Thanks, love, and best wishes to Pam Gavion, who retired from the Home Church staff on January 19 after 20 years of service.

Recovering at home: Paul Morse, Doris Stovall 

Recovering at The Oaks: JoAnne Livengood, room 109 

We embrace in sympathy
...Betty Cole, whose mother, Doris Sewell, died January 16 in Jacksonville, NC. 
...Mary Lou Stott, whose mother, Mary Louise Parrish Ford, died January 17 in Georgetown, SC.
...Art Sorensen and Linda Giles, whose sister, Frances Sorensen, died January 19 inCharleston, SC.


Today we welcome Sister Ruth Burcaw, executive director of City with Dwellings, to address our Epiphany Mission Sunday School following the worship service. After today, the Epiphany Mission Sunday School will continue for two more Sundays with the

following speakers:

  • 1/30, Sister Donna Hurt, Moravians In Sierra Leone, West Africa
  • 2/6, Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, Update from the Board of World Mission

Invitation from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America ( “On Tuesday, January 25, we at MMFA will present our first webinar of 2022: 3 Keys for Stewardship Success. Join us at either 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. Eastern for this one-hour session during which we’ll share the three areas to focus on as a new year begins and we look at our stewardship practices with fresh eyes. If you’re asking yourself, ‘What do we do for stewardship this year?’ then this webinar is for you and anyone involved with stewardship in your community of faith. Start 2022 off right with smart steps in the direction of faithful and generous steward formation. We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!”

The Mission Society will host its annual Mission Lovefeast on Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. The service will be livestreamed ONLY but the Mission Society Board encourages you to join with your own lovefeast meal at home. You can view the service here: The missionaries supported by the Mission Society will share virtual updates, special music, and worship will be led by Mission Society board members.

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