View the worship service for January 7, 2024

January 7, 2024
Christ Candle Lighting
Centering Music—We Three Kings (D. Bish)–Will Wiebe-Friesen
Land Acknowledgement
Welcome and Prayer—Dale Schrag
*Hymn—Arise, Your Light Is Come!—VT 273
Children’s Conversation—Trent Voth
Anthem—See Whose Glory Fills the Skies (George Elderkin)–Chancel Choir; Riley King, director; Will Wiebe-Friesen, accompanist
Scripture Reading—Malachi 4:1-5; Mark 1:1-11—Addie Zerger
Sermon— Epiphanies with David, Mark, and Jesus—Trent Voth
*Hymn—Spirit of the Living God—VT 740
Prayers of God’s People
*Hymn—O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem—VT 275
Postlude—Nun ist sie erschienen (S. Vincent)–Will Wiebe-Friesen
* You are invited to stand
VT—Voices Together
Keyboard- Will Wiebe-Friesen
Audio visual—John Thiesen

Welcome Guest Speaker Trent Voth
We extend a warm welcome to Trent Voth as he preaches and facilitates the children’s conversation on January 7. Trent just completed his first semester as professor of Bible and Religion at Bethel College. He grew up in the Halstead area but he and his wife, Stephanie, and two sons, Devereaux (De-Ver-Row) and Darien moved back to the area from Toronto, Ontario, where Trent completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. Trent has a particular interest in The Gospel of Mark, anabaptist theologies, vocational discernment, and indigenous justice.

Preparing for Worship
As we gather for worship each Sunday in the sanctuary, the Worship Commission invites and encourages us to become quiet as we light the Christ Candle.  Prelude music has now been changed to Centering Music.  The Worship Commission invites your feedback as we experiment with a new order of worship.

Land Acknowledgement compiled by Florence Schloneger from words by Mark Charles and VT #878 
As we do on the first Sunday of each month,  
  we acknowledge that we worship  
  on the land of the Kanza, Osage, and Wichita.   
We thank them for their care and respect for this land      
  and acknowledge the injustice of their forced removal. 
We ask the Spirit to heal our histories 
  and find new paths of right relationships with them 
  and all of creation.