January 19, 2020

Established 1849

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than
John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God
is greater than he.” Luke 7:28

Welcome and Announcements

*Unison Call to Worship: Psalm 139:1–18

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in behind and before, you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

*Song of Response: #89 “Shine on Us”

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Praise and Worship: #44 “He Knows My Name”

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.

*Hymn of Response: #278 “I Live”

Prayer of Invocation

Children’s Time

Morning Offering
*Doxology and Prayer

Old Testament Lesson: 2 Kings 1:2–8 (Page 259)^

“He was a man with a garment of hair and with a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

New Testament Lesson: Luke 3:1–20 (Page 726)^

Message: “The Last Old Testament Prophet”

*Song of Response: #289 “Days of Elijah”

Silent Prayer

Congregational Prayer and Community Prayer Focus

*Hymn of Consecration: #624 “Since Jesus Came into My Heart”



*Please stand if able
^Page numbers refer to blue pew Bibles

Hunterdon County Community Prayer Focus

January 19 - Sanctity of Life Sunday; Martin Luther King Day January 20

Pray that Hunterdon County followers of Christ would see and treat all human beings as created by God in His Image, with eternal life and immeasurable value, particularly:

  • That the church would facilitate reconciliation between people divided by race, ethnicity, politics and other divisive issues
  • That when circumstances present opportunities, Christ-followers would speak and act against bigoted speech and actions that harm others
  • That the church would support and assist the preservation of all human life, regardless of stage of development, degree of dependency or perceived value to society
  • That the Church would embrace with love and forgiveness those who have experienced abortion