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Order of Worship

First United Methodist Church, Ridgeland

Sixth Sunday After The Epiphany 

10:45 AM                                   February 17, 2019

Quieted cell phones allow the soul to engage      


* As you are able, please stand where indicated


Flowers are placed in the sanctuary today to the Honor and Glory of God by Kriss Kennedy.


Welcome!  If you are our guest today, we welcome you. Please know we are thankful for your presence. Our greeters are here to serve by answering your questions as well as providing for your needs. Please call on them or any member of our congregation.

GATHERING MUSIC                                                                            Mallory Pickering

 WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS                              Miriam Malone, Lay Leader

* SHARING THE PEACE                                                                    The Congregation

CONNECTING                                                                                         Rev. Beth Miller

PRELUDE                                                                                           Mallory Pickering

BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST                                                   The Acolytes

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                  Miriam Malone

            Leader:  How well God must like you – you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

                             People:           Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re                               a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.

            Leader: You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust – Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people.

  People:           God Charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.

                                                                                                (THE MESSAGE, Psalm 1)


PRAYER                   Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.

                                    Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.

                                    Eternal Power, be our support.

            Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.

            Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.

            That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, we may seek         your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;

            through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  (UM Book of Worship, 310.)

*OPENING HYMN OF PRAISE                 A Charge to Keep I Have        UMH No. 413

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, THE APOSTLES’ CREED                           UMH No. 881

*GLORIA PATRI                  GLORY BE TO THE FATHER                        UMH No. 70


EPISTLE LESSON                         1 Corinthians 15:12-20                     Dan Denman                                        

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER                    The Pastor


*HYMN OF PREPARATION          Lord, I Want to Be A Christian            UMH No. 378


            OFFERTORY PRAYER                                                    Rev. Percy Campbell

            * DOXOLOGY           Praise God, from Whom All Blessing Flow           UMH 94


SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                                                    The Choir


GOSPEL LESSON                          Luke 6: 17-26                                         The Pastor


SERMON                                          God’s Honored                                  Rev. Beth Miller


* HYMN OF RESPONSE               Here I Am, Lord                                     UMH No. 593  




* RECESSIONAL MUSIC               Seek Ye First                                    UMH No. 405





                For reflection…”We are the agents of the Creative Spirit in this world. Real advance in the spiritual life, then, means accepting this vocation with all it involves. Not merely turning over the pages of an engineering magazine and enjoying the pictures, but putting on overalls and getting on with the job. The real spiritual life must be horizontal as well as vertical; spread more and more as well as aspire more and more.” – From The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill, and also from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants, p. 86.