Missing Jesus

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the role of Jesus in our lives. Is He missing or present? Based on John 5:39-44 

The Service for the Lord’s Day
December 29, 2019    10:30 am
“Missing Jesus”

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Prelude                                        “What Child is This?”                                           M Hayes

“Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing”                         arr. G Sprunger

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”                                  M Hayes


News of the Church

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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!)


Hymn                                    “Build Your Kingdom Here”


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather today as people who are searching for Jesus;

People:    we need reminders of His presence.

Leader:     We come together as a church and read His Word;

People:    in an attempt to find Him in our hearts.

       Leader:     Jesus is no longer in the manger, He is all around us.  God places

Him in the world so that He will never be missing from our hearts.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                           “My Light House”


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we spend the Christmas season praising the Christ Child, but are disappointed when we seek You in swaddling clothes and You are not there.   We read and memorize Scripture to put on a public display, but lose sight of You in the crowd.  We look to the cross for answers only to find it empty.  Help us to not limit Your presence in our lives.  Teach us that in order to find You in the Bible, we must live the Word; in order to find You in our heart, we must be obedient. Remind us that You are not missing, rather Your love for us took a journey from birth in a stable to life in the world; and from death on a cross to eternity in Heaven…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     When we truly find Jesus, we find true love, true forgiveness, and true mercy.

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                                                                                               A J Baratta

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             “Missing Jesus”               Dr. Jonathan Sloan

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John 5:39-44                                               Pew Bible pg. 867

39 “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41 I do not accept glory from human beings. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God?



*Hymn #112                                                         “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”


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                    “Let There Be Light”                         Krippayne & Reynolds

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



Hymn #134                                                                                             “Joy to the World!”




Postlude                                      “A Christmas Postlude”                                      C Callahan



*Please stand, in body or in spirit

As you leave today, remember that if Jesus is missing in your life,

it is you who has