Matthew 4:12-23 – Jesus Lights the Way

Matthew 4:12-23 – Jesus Lights the Way

WELCOME TO WORSHIP 
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Paul’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news of God’s forgiveness through Jesus. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR TODAY’S WORSHIP 
Lord God, as I walk in the darkness of this world, continue to be my light. Shine the light of your Word on my sin, on Jesus my Savior from sin, and on the path I walk in life for you. Fill me with your gospel light today that I may reflect that light to others. In everything, bless us all as we live and work for you so that more can join us in heaven before the light of your throne. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

CHIMES Glorify Thy Name 
OPENING HYMN Rise, Shine, You People | 556
INVOCATION 
CONFESSION 
ABSOLUTION 
Prayer and Praise 
OH, TASTE AND SEE 
PRAYER OF THE DAY 
INSTALLATION OF NEW CHURCH OFFICERS (10:00 am) 
The Word 
FIRST LESSON Isaiah 8:19-9:4 
HYMN Christ Is the World’s Light | 343 
SECOND LESSON 1 John 2:3–11 
VERSE OF THE DAY Isaiah 9:2
GOSPEL Matthew 4:12–23 
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE 
HYMN OF THE DAY The People that in Darkness Sat | 90 
SERMON Matthew 4:12-23 Jesus Lights the Way
APOSTLES’ CREED 
Thanksgiving 
OFFERING 
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH 
LORD’S PRAYER  
HYMN O Christ, Our True and Only Light | 569
PRAYER 
BLESSING 
CLOSING HYMN I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light | 771  

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

SUNDAY SCHOOL SINGING JAN. 29 

The Sunday School children will be singing in our 10:00 am service on Sunday, January 29. Please make sure to have your children in Sunday School the next few weeks for practice. 

MORNINGS WITH MOMMY 

Mornings with Mommy is back, and we would love to have you join us! It is a fun and easy way to enjoy activities with your children ages 0-5, and also enjoy meeting new friends. Each session includes crafts, a sensory station, gross and fine motor stations, a story, Bible time, and a snack. We meet at 10:00 am on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the church basement. The cost of the program is $5 per family (not child) to cover the cost of supplies. Sign up for any or all of the sessions here: https://www.stpaulsbangor.com/mornings-with-mommy/. Please note: although it says mommy in the title, ALL caregivers are welcome!!! 

NEXT MIDWEEK STUDY SURVEY 

We have one more lesson of our Lyrics of Love study (1/24 & 1/25). A survey has been linked within the email News for input on what the next midweek Bible study should be. A printed copy of the survey will also be available at the next midweek study if you prefer to fill it out by hand. The options for the next study include How We Got the Bible, God’s Word – The Foundation for Our Parenting, The House of the Lord (tabernacle/temple study), and How to Study the Bible. A description of each study is included in the email blast. 

BIBLE BASICS CLASS COMING SOON 

Our next Bible Basics class (also called the new member class or Bible Information Class) will begin in mid-February. The day and time is flexible depending on the schedules of those who would like to attend. I ask that you block off 1.5 hours for each session, but usually it will be closer to 1 hour. Free childcare can be available upon request. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking the class, please sign up on the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Pastor Groth at pastor@stpaulsbangor.com. Long-time members are also invited, as it’s always a good refresher of the foundations of our faith. For more info on the class itself, visit stpaulsbangor.com/new/bible-basics.  

OFFERING ENVELOPES 

New offering envelopes are ready pick up in the church basement. Stop on down and grab yours (and your children’s) from the two tables set up downstairs. 

CALENDAR 

TODAY 8:00 am Worship 

9:10 am Sunday School 

9:15 am Bible Study 

10:00 am Worship 

6:30 pm PACE Meeting 

TUESDAY 7:00 pm Bible Study 

WEDNESDAY 9:00 am Bible Study (same as Tues.) 

THURSDAY 2:00 pm Ladies Aid Meeting 

7:00 pm Choir Practice 

NEXT SUNDAY 8:00 am Worship 

9:10 am Sunday School 

9:15 am Bible Study 

10:00 am Worship