Reading the Times

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message based on Matthew 2:1-12 

The Service for the Lord’s Day
The Epiphany of the Lord
Ordination and Installation of Officers
January 5, 2020

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Prelude                                               “Abraham Praise”                                    arr. L Leatherman

“The Heavens Declare Thy Glory Lord”                          arr. L Shackley

“Praise Him!  Praise Him!”                                   arr. M Hayes

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


*Hymn                                           “Blessed Be Your Name”                                       M Redman


*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather today as people seeking the Lord;

People:           looking for signs that lead us to Him.

Leader:            We believe He is here;

People:           and He continues to guide us closer.

Leader:            God points us to the Christ Child, whether we feel we are miles away or right

at the manger, we just have to watch for the signs.

All:                  Let us worship God! 


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


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we get up in the morning and listen to the latest news.  Some news is good, some bad, and some is irrelevant to our lives; yet we rarely respond to any of it.  We go about our day, interacting with others.  Some of these folks we like, some we don’t, and with some we have limited interaction; but we don’t always try to get to know them better.  Help us to see You in all we do and in everyone we meet.  Help us to take the time and initiative to seek a connection with You and others who need to know You.  Draw us to You, even when others turn a blind eye to the signs of Your existence.  Use Your light to bring us to You in praise, in reverence and in awe that we may take Your light into the world …(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            The Magi followed Jesus across the world, while His neighbors didn’t

recognize Him.  Even when we overlook the obvious, He shines his light of

love, mercy and forgiveness upon us.

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          “Reading the Times”      Dr. Jonathan Sloan

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Matthew 2:1-12                                       Pew Bible pg. 783

The Visit of the Wise Men
2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.



*Hymn #151                            “We Three Kings of Orient Are”



A Responsive Reading

Minister:          There are different gifts,

People:           But it is the same Spirit who gives them.

Minister:          There are different ways of serving God,

People:           But it is the same God who is served.

Minister:          God works through different people in different ways,

People:           But it is the same God who achieves his purpose through them all.

Minister:          Each one is given a gift by the Spirit,

People:           To use it for the common good.

Minister:          Together we are the body of Christ,

People:           And individually members of him.


  1. Though we have different gifts, together we are a ministry of reconciliation led by

the risen Christ.  We work and pray to make his church useful in the world, and

we call men and women to faith, so that, in the end, every knee shall bow and

every tongue   confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Within our common ministry, some members are chosen for particular work as

ministers of the Word and Sacrament, elders, or deacons, we recognize these

special ministries remembering that our Lord Jesus said: Whoever among you

wants to be great must become the servant of all, and if any want to be first among you, they must be the slave of all.

  1. Just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his

life to set others free.



An Elder:   Scott Darling

On behalf of the Church, I invite Paul Jelinek to come forward to be ordained, having been called to serve as an Elder; and Sean Kroupa having been called to serve as a Deacon.


Ordination Questions for Elder and Deacon Candidates:                                   

Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

            We do.

Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the church universal, and God’s Word to you?

            We do.


Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?

            We do.


Will you fulfill your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?

            We will.


Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline?

Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?

            We will.


Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?

            We will.


Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?

We do.


Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?

            We will.


An Elder:   Scott Darling

On behalf of the Church, I invite Dennis Brown, Brad Davis, Ann Henningsen, Gary Kastrick,  Susan Kawamoto, Mark Lynch, David McBride, Rebecca Nichol, Alan Reinarz, Merryellen Towey Schulz, Mark Smith, Susan Smith, Kathy Stockham and Don Swanson to join Paul Jelinek, having been called to serve as Elders;


And Dave Keister, Sherri Krivanek, Melissa McBride, Bonnie Newman, Josh Nichol-Caddy, Julie Symens, Lily Symens, September Symens-Lacroix, Leanne White, James Wilson, Cindy Wolf and Christina Woodard to join Sean Kroupa having been called to serve as Deacons.


To Elders:

Will you be a faithful ruling elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service?   Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?

We will.


To Deacons:

Will you be a faithful deacon, teaching charity, urging concern, and directing the people’s

help to the friendless and those in need?  In your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?

We will.


To the Congregation:

Do we, members of this church accept these persons as Ruling Elders and Deacons, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?

            We do.


Do we agree to pray for them, to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ, who alone is Head of the Church?

            We do.


You are now installed as leaders in the church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation.  Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.



*The Apostles’ Creed and Pastoral Prayer

            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



Offertory Anthem                       “Let There Be Light”                            Krippayne & Reynolds

Adonai Singers


*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 #136                              “Go Tell It on the Mountain”           




Postlude                             “Improvisation on March of the King”                                        R Velvac



*Please stand, in body or in spirit

As you leave today, take a moment to look around, be aware of the people around you.

In order to seek the Lord, we must keep our eyes and hearts open.