Worship Bulletin—February 5, 2023

Prelude: Plenty Good Room (arr. Henry Smith)

Call to WorshipRev. Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga

One: Lift up your voice and call out to God.
All: We cry out, believing that God hears us.
One: Come together and wait for God.
All: We come together, trusting that God is still speaking.
One: Surely God’s presence is here with us now.
All: We wait in hope, for God’s steadfast love lifts our hearts.
One: Come, worship the Lord.
All: We celebrate the power of God that restores us.

Song: Lift Every Voice And Sing

Lift ev’ry voice and sing
till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
high as the list’ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith
that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won

Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chast’ning rod
felt in the days when hope unborn had died
Yet with a steady beat
have not our weary feet
come to the place for which our fathers sighed
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered
We have come treading our path
through the blood of the slaughtered
Out from the gloomy past
till now we stand at last,
where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears
Thou who hast brought us
thus far on the way,
thou who hast by thy might,
led us into the light
Keep us forever in the path we pray
Lest our feet stray from the places
our God where we met thee
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine
of the world we forget thee
Shadowed beneath thy hand
may we forever stand
true to our God true to our native land

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” by J. Rosamond Johnson, James Weldon Johnson; © Public Domain; CCLI License # 133385

Prayer of ConfessionRev. Mark Stryker

Gracious and loving God,
open our hearts to see all that is beautiful and good,
and all that is hurtful and hateful.
We confess that we do not follow Jesus in all that we do.
We love with conditions.
We judge and condemn.
We limit the reach of our hospitality
and have not invited the poor into our homes and hearts.
We have not turned to you as the source of our healing.
Forgive us, we pray.
Release us from the burden of guilt
and empower us by your Spirit to follow Jesus
in the ordinary ways of our lives.

Assurance of Pardon

One: Friends, believe the good news:
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and are being made whole. Amen.

Passing the Peace

One: The peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.

Regathering Music


Scripture: Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

One: The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Everyday Evangelism: ZacchaeusRev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell

Affirmation of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Lord’s PrayerRev. Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga

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.

Musical Reflection: In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;
he is my light, my strength, my song;
this cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all,
here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh;
fullness of God in helpless babe;
this gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones he came to save
‘Til on the cross as Jesus died,
the plan of God was satisfied
For every sin on him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground his body lay,
light of the world by darkness slain;
then bursting forth in glorious day,
up from the grave he rose again!
And as he stands in victory,
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
for I am his and he is mine,
bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no human plan,
can ever pluck me from his hand;
’til he returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

“In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend;© 2001 Thankyou Music; CCLI License # 133385

Call to GiveDaly Jordan-Koch, Marian McGaw

Song: Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me

What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer; there is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom, my steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus; for my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken, for by my side, the savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing, for in my need, his power is displayed
To this I hold, my shepherd will defend me; through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven; the future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon, and he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated; Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free! Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus, for he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me, until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus; all the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat: yet not I, but through Christ in me!

“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson; © 2018 Farren Love & War; CCLI License # 133385

BenedictionRev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell


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Parish 6 & 7 Lunch (Sunday, February 5, after worship) If you live in Berkeley ZIP Codes 94701, 94702, 94703, 94704, 94705, or 94720, we’d love to meet you. Join us for a light lunch after the worship service in room G208. (Kids, too.) Questions? Call 510-848-6121 or email [email protected].

Faith & Film (Friday, February 10, 7 pm, Geneva Hall, G202) Examine the potent medium of film in exploring themes such as love, faith, and the “sacred.” The featured film will be “Little Forest.” To register, click HERE.

Men’s Connect Breakfast (Saturday, February 11, 8 am, Westminster Hall, Mears Rm.) Men of all ages are invited to gather, supporting each other in relationship, life, and faith. Tim Buscheck will guest speak. For info, contact Michael Farnola.

High School Super Bowl Party (9th–12th grade/Parents, Sunday, February 12, 3 pm, McKinley Hall, M201 and M202) Join us to watch the Super Bowl! Food provided, just bring your favorite snacks to share! Not into the football? That’s okay, come for the commercials and half-time show! To register, click HERE.

Do Justice: Day of Service with Project Peace (Saturday, March 11, 9 am–12 pm, Locations vary) Join our community in going to to schools and mission partner organizations where we will support work in education, homelessness, youth development, and more. Bring friends and family to be part of a small amount of time that will have a big impact. Check out this video to learn more! For questions, contact Beth Thomsen. To register, click HERE.

High School Mexico Mission Trip (June 14–19, Apply by February 28) Partnering with The Body Ministries, we will outreach to families, serve at the local food pantry, and provide children’s programs. For questions, contact Dave Carranza. To download and print application, click HERE.

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