Morning Worship – 04 February 2024

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany

Organ Prelude “Prelude” (T. Dubois)

Congregational Welcome
Choral Introit “Sing out a Joyful Song in Praise” (Dale Wood)

Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn #506 Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness

*Prayer of Praise and Hope
One Voice: Psalm 147 begins this way: “Praise Yahweh! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for God is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. Our God builds up Jerusalem, and gathers the outcasts of Israel. God heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. God lifts up the downtrodden and casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.” And so we gather in joyful praise and prayer; let us pray:
All: O God, eternal Spirit, you have graced the faithful in every generation with your ministry of promise and healing. You have invited us to hear your word, and to find hope in your way. You have taught us the promises of Jesus. In our world, here and now: in this City and this congregation, grace us with reconciliation, vision, wisdom, unity, and peace, to strengthen our own spirits and carry out your divine mission. We ask this not because we are arrogant or entitled, but because it is what you have promised, and so we rejoice in the requests, through Jesus’ name, Amen.

*Assurance of Grace
*Sung Response in Praise (Hymn #229, vs. 1)
From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator’s Praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung Through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*Sharing of Peace
One Voice: The Peace of Christ be always with you. All: And also with you!

The Gospel Reading Mark 1: 29-39The Hebrew Bible Isaiah 40: 21-31

The Morning Meditation The Rev. Kenneth Baily

Call to Offering
Choral Offering “The Gift of Love” (Hal Hopson)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn (insert) Those Who Wait Upon the Lord

The Celebration of Holy Communion
All: For this table is spread for you and for me that we might know that God has come to us and shared our common lot and invited us to receive life anew. Indeed, God has triumphed even over death. So we come to this table for thanksgiving, for grace, for God’s presence, for peace.

Leader: Let us unite our voices in preparation. God be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to God! Leader: Let us praise God together, saying:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord’s Prayer (“our Father and Mother…trespasses”)

Sharing of Communion

Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Closing Hymn #538 Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing

*Assurance and Blessing
*Choral Benediction “May the Grace of Christ Be With You” (Dale Wood)

Postlude “Alleluia” (C. Hansen)

* Those who are able please stand

All Invited: Soul Food Dinner on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 PM. Sign up at

Photo Directory: NHCC is putting together its first photo directory since 2010!
If you’d like to be included, please send a labeled high-resolution photo of yourself/your family to [email protected] by Wednesday, February 7.

Thanks to worship leaders Ken Baily, Ted Palés, Amanda Ketchpaw-Palés,
Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan, Yumiko Matsuoka, Buildings and Grounds, and Misha Hill.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations that some in society would impose:
whoever you are, you are welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,”
so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

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