Giving Our Best

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a message about how Jesus changes and empowers ordinary people to give their best whenever and wherever it is needed. Based John 2:1-12

The Service for the Lord’s Day

  “Giving Our Best?”

January 20, 2019 10:30 a.m.



Prelude                                      Prelude on “Joanna”                                                 arr. J Pethel

“A Shelter in the Time of Storm”                                  arr. B. Büda


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*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 with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Praise Hymn                                                              “Come Now is the Time to Worship”


*Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather this morning to celebrate and give thanks;

People:    to be among friends and share the blessings of the Lord.

Leader:     His miracles surround us;

People:    we simply need to open our eyes to them!

Leader:     Just as the wedding guests were benefactors of the miracle Jesus

performed, we come together seeking the wonder of His works in us and

around us.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Praise Hymn                                                                            “Build Your Kingdom Here”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we are often hesitant to help others, sometimes because we are afraid of being taken advantage of, sometimes because we fear we aren’t capable, sometimes because we don’t care enough.  We often waver between doing the bare minimum of what we are able to do and waiting until someone else steps forward.  Help us to always be aware of the needs of others and to be confident in Your ability to work through us.  Give us the strength to constantly do our very best, to seek ways to be of service, and to never hold back from sharing the gifts You have given us…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus came to us with no flaws and He never faltered in His mission:  always

giving His best, in His teaching, in His preaching, in His undying love and His

never-failing forgiveness.

      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.


Anthem                                          “Awake, My Heart”                                               J Marshall

Chancel Choir



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      “Giving Our Best?”          Dr. Jennifer Blake

John 2:1-12

The Wedding at Cana
2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.



Hymn #450                                                                                          “Be Thou My Vision”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

       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.


Offertory Anthem                 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”              Beethoven, arr. J Purifoy

Hand bells


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #761                                                           “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”




Postlude                                      Postlude on  “Arlington”                                   arr. J Pethel



*Please stand, in body or in spirit