I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events around us.
I refuse to believe we are bound by racism, war, and injustice.
I believe those around me are my brother and my sister.
I believe in dignity every day and that our brokenness can be healed.
I believe we can overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to it.
This means I seek to reject revenge and retaliation.
I remember, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”
- drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Abigail Reichard
- Gathering into worship -
*Those that are able are invited to stand
Welcome and Announcements
*Opening Psalm Psalm 15 UMH #15
*Hymn “A Charge to Keep I Have” UMH #413
- Meditation on God’s word -
Children’s Sermon Candy Morgan
Scripture 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Message Consider Your Call Rev. Kelly J. Smith
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.
- blessings to share –
The Great Thanksgiving UMH #9
Communion Hymn “Take Our Bread” UMH #640
Holy God, as we bring our tithes and offerings to your altar, we confess that many of us have longed to be “wise with money” as the world understands it – accumulating and building our balances and portfolios.
The apostle Paul has called us to live in ways that often seem foolish to the world, and we know that means being seen as extravagant in generosity and reckless in our compassion.
Help us on the journey to loosen our grip on our money and possessions and live the compassion to which your Son has called us.
In his name, we pray. Amen.
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Hymn “God of Grace and God of Glory” UMH #577
*Hymn “We All Are One in Mission” (Verse 3) TFWS #2243
Join us immediately after worship for…
South Avenue and Mifflin Avenue Churches make up the WILKINSBURG CHARGE.
Not only do we “share” Pastor Kelly, we work together to do ministry in our community and with each other.
South Avenue Church worships Sundays at 10am
Mifflin Avenue worships Sundays at 11:15am
Folks are encouraged to attend whichever worship service is most convenient for them.
Our goal is to be a welcoming and inclusive
church for all people.
905 Mifflin Avenue
Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith
February 2, 2020