Worship Bulletin—January 23, 2022

Rev. Tom Elson

Call to Worship

One: We gather as God’s beloved children
All: However glad we are, however out of sorts we are.

One: We come together as a people whom Jesus calls into community
All: So this becomes a place where all are welcome.

One: We have come to give thanks, to pray and sing, to be with other
All: Let us worship God.

Written by Beth Merrill Neel on her blog, ‘Hold Fast to What Is Good’.  Used with permission.


Song: Hymn of the Ages

Precious Lord Jesus, treasure of mine
Oh, what a privilege to be your delight
Morning by morning new glories I see
Oh, what a wonder you are to me

All of the promises, all of the praise
All of your people have sung through the ages
No matter the season the song is the same
Great is your faithfulness, great is your name
Great is your faithfulness, great is your name

God of our fathers, God of our peace,
God thе redeemer of our history
High king of heavеn, my victory won
Still be my vision, still be my sun

Blessed assurance, oh, what a grace
I’m prone to wander but you’re prone to chase
This is my story, it’s the song that I’ll raise
I’ll sing of your goodness all of my days

Hymn of the Ages
Benji Cowart, Julissa Otenbriet, Maryanne J. George
CCLI Song # 7161699 © 2020 Curb Songs

Prayer of Confession
Rev. Tom Elson

Holy God, we open our hearts to you this day, and offer the truth of our lives:
The fear that stifles us,
The prejudice that blinds us,
The ignorance that hobbles us,
The doubt that plagues us.
Help us, we pray, that we will
Find courage in unlikely place,
See the world with new and gracious eyes,
Move to those places where love is needed,
Have faith that you are with us.
This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Written by Beth Merrill Neel on her blog, ‘Hold Fast to What Is Good’.  Used with permission.

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.


Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”

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

Sermon: Bargaining with God
Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell; David Kasali, Congo Initiative; Rev. Tom Elson

Lord’s Prayer
Rev. 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. 

Call to Give
Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell

Song: Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on his hands
My name is written on his heart
I know that while in heav’n he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

Alleluia, Alleluia
Praise the One Risen Son of God

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on him and pardon me
To look on him and pardon me

Behold Him there the Risen Lamb
My perfect spotless Righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am
The King of Glory and of grace
One with himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Before the Throne of God Above
Charitie Lees Bancroft
CCLI Song # 4116703 © Public Domain

Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell