January 31 Order of Worship – 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Today we begin a sermon series on the Gospel of John. Over the course of eleven weeks, Pastor Drew will examine some of the major themes and stories found in John, such as being "born again," the bread of heaven, light and darkness, washing his disciples' feet, and so forth. This particular series will conclude the week after Easter. Today's message is based on the invitation he made to potential disciples to "come and see" where he was staying. Today we're beginning this wonderful journey through John. Here we go!!
Prelude “Footsteps of Jesus”
arranged by Lani Smith
Welcoming and Call to Worship
"Where He Leads Me” #338
1. I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling, "Take thy cross and follow, follow me."
Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,
where he leads me I will follow; I'll go with him, with him all the way.
2. I'll go with him through the garden, I'll go with him through the garden,
I'll go with him through the garden, I'll go with him, with him all the way.
3. I'll go with him through the judgment, I'll go with him through the judgment,
I'll go with him through the judgment, I'll go with him, with him all the way.
4. He will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory,
he will give me grace and glory, and go with me, with me all the way.
Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving
Special Music "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me"
Pearl Swanson, Tom Norager, Steve and Cathy Grattan,
by Jay Althouse
Scripture Reading - John 1:35-51
35 The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus.
38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?”
They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?”
39 He replied, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40 One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ). 42 He led him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
43 The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”
46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?”
Philip said, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Son. You are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! 51 I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.”
Sermon “Here We Go!”
Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer
Invitation to Give and Offertory
"Always by Our Side"
Pearl Swanson, Tom Norager, Steve and Cathy Grattan
Jackie Prause, flute
arranged by Mary McDonald
Song "Spirit Song" #347
1. Oh, let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love;
let him fill your heart and atisfy your soul.
Oh, let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit, like a dove,
will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Refrain: Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
2. Oh, come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy.
Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.
Oh, give him all your tears and sadness; give him all your years of pain,
And you'll enter into life in Jesus' name
Postlude “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”