WORSHIP DOCUMENTS FOR JANUARY 19, 2020

You can read and download the worship order for the upcoming Sunday at Berryton United Methodist Church as PDF documents using the links below:

CALL TO WORSHIP

L: God’s people still have a dream. A dream that one day, every valley 

         should be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the 

         rough places made into a plain, and the crooked places made 

         straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh 

         shall see it together.” (Isaiah 40:4-5)

P: Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord.

L: The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help; he delivers 

         them from their troubles. (Psalm 34:17)

P: Lord, hear our cries.

L: I have seen the oppression of my people, and I have heard their cry of 

        injustice because of their oppression. I know their pain. (Exodus 3:7)

P: We wait on the Lord. My soul waits.

L: Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; 

        Yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

P: Our hope is in the Lord, for with the Lord is mercy 

        and in God is sure redemption.

L: So let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like an ever-falling stream!                             (Amos 5:24) 

P: Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF Faith

Please join me in an affirmation of faith from the writings of Rev. Dr. King:

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 brothers and my sisters. 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. In Christ, I will remember, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”

SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE

One: This is the word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.