Fear of Rejection

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about letting go of fear and trusting the Creator God who never rejects us when we turn to Him. Luke 4:20-30

The Service for the Lord’s Day February 3, 2019 

SOUPer Bowl Sunday

Annual Meeting



Prelude                                          Variations on “St. Peter”                                      arr. J Pethel

“Sweet By-and-By”                                           arr. S Martin


News of the Church

Please complete the card found in your bulletin to place in the collection plate during Offertory.


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


Moment for Mission                        SOUPer Bowl of Caring                             Sr. Hi Youth Group


*Praise Hymn                                      “Cry of My Heart”


*Call to Worship (Responsive)

Leader:            We gather this morning wanting to belong;

People:           to be surrounded by fellow believers!

Leader:            We look to each other as friends and family;

People:           connected by the one true God.

Leader:            As we come together, we seek fellowship, we seek acceptance, we seek to

be part of the inner circle of those who follow the Lord.

All:                  Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                 “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, in any given circumstance, we usually know what we need to do, and what we should do.  When we try to exceed the expectations of others, we can become quickly discouraged.  When we recognize our limitations and seek help, we are often dismissed.  Too many times we are held back by the biased ideas of those around us and we allow these cynics to control our actions.  Help us to step up, to be bold and confident, to know that even if the world is against us, You are for us; You are proud of us; and You encourage us…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Jesus loved us so much that He suffered and died, hopeful that His actions would inspire us to act.  His mercy and forgiveness bound us to Him and to each other.

All:                  Thanks be to God!


* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Message        “Fear of Rejection”      Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Luke 4:20-30

20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” 24 And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. 25 But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; 26 yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 27 There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. 30 But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.


*Hymn #162                                                                      “Carpenter, Why Leave the Bench””                                                                         



*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


Pastoral Prayer



Offertory Anthem                  “Ave Verum Corpus”                                          WA Mozart

Chancel Choir


*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)


Prayer of Dedication



“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for

your personal communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we

may commune together showing our oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 


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.



*Hymn #722                                                                   “Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak”




Postlude                                                 “Trumpet Air”                                                    J Spong


*Please stand, in body or in spirit