Buchanan First Presbyterian Church
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 14, 2018 11:00 am
The Order of Worship
Voluntary Pastor Brad Napier
Announcements and Welcome Elder Toni Stokes, Liturgist
Call to Worship (Responsive) - Psalm 145
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
God’s people shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and
shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.
Let us worship, praise, and thank the Lord, our God.
*Hymn #267 - Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
God of steadfast love, we have forsaken you, and find ourselves exiled - far from the
land of promise. We yearn to return to your dwelling place, to our true and abiding
home. Forgive our sins, and remove all that separates us from the place you have
prepared for us. We would be your holy people. By your Holy Spirit, cleanse us
and renew us, so that we may honor and serve you well, for the sake of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Savior.
And now, Lord, I confess specifically.....(silent prayers)
Assurance of Pardon (responsive) - Philippians 3
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
In order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a
righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes
through faith in Christ.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Jesus Christ.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting
a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I declare that our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. AMEN.
Passing of the Peace
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
*Hymn #333 - How Our Hearts with Joy Abound
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
The Old Testament Lesson Nehemiah 10:35-39
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Luke 11:37-44
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise be to you, O Christ.
The Sermon “The Greater Obligation” Pastor Brad Napier
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
“Love, and you are a success whether or not the world thinks so. The highest
purpose of Christianity - which is primarily a way of life, not a system of belief -
is to love one another. And the first fruit of love is joy, the joy that represents
meaning and fulfillment.”
-The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Credo
Worship with Tithes and Offerings
Doxology #606 - Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
Prayer of Dedication
*Hymn #772 - Live into Hope
Benediction and Blessing Pastor Brad Napier
*Note: The Session has voted to move the worship service into the
Fellowship Hall through late March, 2018. This action was
taken due to the cost of heating the Sanctuary during the
Each Sunday through the winter, there will be coffee, juice and
doughnuts available in the kitchen/fellowship hall at 10:30 am. This
will allow for a time of fellowship before our worship service. Pastor
Napier will provide the doughnuts and juice through today. If you
would like to provide for this fellowship, there is a sign-up sheet
available in the kitchen.
Please continue to bring soup, peanut butter and other food items for
the “Feeding My Sheep” Food Pantry. We will collect these items
The Week Ahead:
Today: “Sunday Night Live” Education Series at Tazewell Presbyterian
Church. Dinner is at 5:00 pm, with the study beginning at 5:30,
featuring Dr. Don Hudson, from King University. This series is
entitled, “How We Got the Bible - What We Know and How We
Know It.” A group from Buchanan First will attend. Speak to
Pastor Napier if you’re interested in attending. This will be a sixweek
Wednesday: Women’s Circle, 10:30 am, with Bible study.
Mid-Week Holy Communion in the Fellowship Hall, 12:15 pm
Thursday: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins
Quilting group, 10:00 am.
Pastor Napier will be in Marion for a meeting of the Presbytery’s
Committee on Ministry.
Sunday: THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Thursday, January 25: Week of Prayer Christian Unity ends.
Sunday, January 28: Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Buchanan
Sunday, February 4: Holy Communion will be served during worship
Monday, February 5: Buchanan County Ministerial Association will
meet in Classroom 1 at noon.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11: TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
Cluster 1 of Abingdon Presbyter will meet here at Buchanan First
at 3:00 pm.
Wednesday, February 14: ASH WEDNESDAY - LENT BEGINS
Ash Wednesday Worship Service, 7:00 pm.
Birthdays, January 13 - 19:
Jan. 17 - Michelle Napier; Jan 18 - Julia Hayden Dales
Flowers and Memorials
Ruth Muncy, sanctuary flowers to the glory of God and in loving
memory of Minor Muncy.
Linda Hash, in memory of Shirley Carlton.
We have several vacant dates on our flower list for this year. If you
would like to provide flowers for a Sunday, please let Charlotte know or
leave a note in the offering plate.