|February 2nd, 2020|
|Liturgical Season||4th Sunday After the Epiphany|
|Scripture Text||Matthew 5:1-12|
|Gist of Scripture||God is happy with us|
|Processional:||89 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship|
L: God has created this new day and calls it very good.
P: God has created a space for us to experience happiness:
L: where loving kindness, like fresh bread, is opened and shared
P: where tender listening, like refreshing drink, is poured and offered.
All: Let’s celebrate this new day brimming with possibilities to share in God’s happiness! Amen.
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||145 Morning Has Broken|
|Prayer for Understanding||Happy Hope of all the nations, we sometimes wonder whether you truly are happy. We wonder whether we ought to be happy as well. Help us to hear anew the words of your Son, the Prince of Peace, the Heavenly Harbinger of Happiness this morning. Lure us into listening to his message of mercy––to us and to all who are in need of new hope this morning. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Matthew 5:1-12|
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
|Meditation:||How Can We Be Happy at a Time Like This?|
|Hymn:||2155 Blest Are They|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||May these gifts we bring give voice to the song we sing–|
the melody of Love and Light, the tune of seeing you aright. Amen.
|Recessional Hymn:||715 Rejoice, the Lord is King|