“The Church: A Collection of Connections”


Here in this place we reenact and rehearse the story of a poetic, prophetic, priestly God.
In liturgy, in litany, in prayer, in psalm, in meal, in hymns
we remember and call into the present

the story in which we live and move and have our being.
Here we are woven into the wisdom story of many generations;
we conspire with the Spirit towards a future garden for we are grounded
in the names, dreams, signs and wonders of God’s communal story
and in this place, we become anguished poets,
storied prophets,
creative priests,
to each other and to a searching world.

Our purposes in Christ, our mind that is in Christ – namely to love God and love neighbor – can bring us to unity in mission and action.


By Susan Palo Cherwien

From Glory Into Glory: Reflections for Worship


     *Those that are able are invited to stand



- Gathering into worship - 


Welcome and Announcements


*Opening Psalm                                                                                   Psalm 27:1, 4-9


*Call to Worship

The Lord is our light and our salvation!
Why should we be afraid?
The Lord is the stronghold of our life!
What have we to fear?
Let us shout with joy to God!
Let us sing and make music before our God.


*Hymn                                    “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”                                  UMH #540


*Opening Prayer

O God, our light and our salvation, shelter us in your love.

O God, our stronghold, protect us from danger.

We come with shouts of joy to worship you this day.

We come with song and music to celebrate your love.

We come with longing to seek your presence.

Be with us now, O God, as we sing your praises. Amen.


- Meditation on God’s word -

Scripture                                                                                                    1 Corinthians  1:10-18


Children’s Sermon                                                                        


Message                        Same Mind and Same Purpose             Rev. Kelly J. Smith


Prayer Hymn                       “Help Us Accept Each Other”                                UMH #560


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.


- Sharing our blessings -

Offering Prayer

O God, we have seen your glory, felt the touch of your love, and felt your presence with us.

With joyful hearts, we offer you our gifts.

Having heard your call, we offer you our lives and our service. Amen.


Offering our Gifts and Tithes


- Taking the Word to the World -


*Hymn                                “We All Are One in Mission” (Verses 1-2)             TFWS #2243




*Hymn                                 “We All Are One in Mission” (Verse 3)                 TFWS #2243













905 Mifflin Avenue


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith




January 26, 2020