worship January 22nd, 2023


3rd Sunday after Epiphany

January 22nd, 2023; Ten Thirty in the morning

Minister: Reverend Aaron Ochart

Liturgist: Beverly Ross

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* Please stand, in body or spirit


PRELUDE This Little Light of Mine setting by John A. Behnke

                       featuring David Russo, drums

PROCESSIONAL HYMN [Purple 749]  “Come! Live in the Light”

  1. Come, live in the light  Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord

We are called to be light for the kingdom

To live in the freedom of the city of God

Chorus: We are called to act with justice We are called to love tenderly

We are called to serve one another To walk humbly with God

2.Come, open your heart Show your mercy to all those in fear

We are called to be hope for the hopeless

So hatred and violence will be no more (chorus)



CALL TO WORSHIP Luke 4:18, 21

ONE: Jesus said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

MANY: May the word of God be fulfilled among us.



Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

*HYMN OF THE MONTH [Music in Pew]      “Let us Build a House”

  1. Let us build a house Where love can dwell and all can safely live,

a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;

here the love of Christ shall end divisions: 

All are welcome, all are welcome; all are welcome in this place. 

  1. Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone

to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known.

Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s face;

let us bring an end to fear and danger:

All are welcome, all are welcome; all are welcome in this place. 

  1. Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard

and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.

Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,

let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

All are welcome, all are welcome; all are welcome in this place.



CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                  



Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from one another. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another. We allow the past to hold us captive. 

In your loving-kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Fulfill the promises of our baptism, so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON                     


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 

world without end, Amen, Amen.


SCRIPTURE LESSON                                                    Matthew 5:1-20

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

ONE: Heaven and earth will pass away but the Word of the Lord stands forever.

MANY: Thanks be to God

SERMON       “Upside Down Kingdom”     Rev. Aaron Ochart   



*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH     Confession of Belhar

We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; 

that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells…

that the credibility of this message is seriously affected and its beneficial work obstructed when it is proclaimed in a land which professes to be Christian, but in which the enforced separation of people on a racial basis promotes and perpetuates alienation, hatred and enmity…

Therefore, we reject any doctrine which, in such a situation sanctions in the name of the gospel or of the will of God the forced separation of people on the grounds of race and color and thereby in advance obstructs and weakens the ministry and experience of reconciliation in Christ.



OFFERTORY   “Blessed Are They”           Natalie Sleeth         


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

*HYMN  [Hymnal #341]      Blessed Assurance

1 Blessed assurance,Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! 

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

 Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain: This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight, 

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels, descending, bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. (Refrain)

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

Watching and waiting, looking above,

filled with His goodness, lost in His love. (Refrain).


Holy God, you sent your Son to be baptized among sinners, to seek and save the lost. May we, who have been baptized in his name, never turn away from the world, but reach out in love to call others like us; by the mercy of Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


*RESPONSE [Music in Pew]               “Prepare the way of the Lord

Prepare the way of the Lord prepare the way of the Lord

And all peoples will see the salvation of our God.

POSTLUDE    “This Little Light of Mine” setting by John A. Behnke

                       featuring David Russo, drums     

Flowers were given in Memory of “Mr. Gunner” Peterson (1923-2016), who would have been 100 on January 21st, by Ann Trapani.               

Participating in today’s service are Rev. Aaron Ochart, Pastor; Louise Ochart, CE Leader; Sam Garnett, Music Director; and Kelly Cuppett, Asst. Music Director.  Appreciation to Dennis Lauland, Mike Fortin, and David Garland for the video production of today’s service. . 

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.  


Devotional Spotlight: Do you want to grow deeper in faith with a Daily Devotional but don’t know where to start? Each week we will highlight a devotional book you might like to try. This week’s devotional is: Liberating Love Daily Devotional: 365 Love Notes from God When the world is scary and comfort is in short supply, Sandhya Rani Jha’s Liberating Love Daily Devotional provides a daily message of encouragement. In 365 “love notes from God,” dated for each day of the year, hear the voice of our loving God connecting your life with the Bible’s many stories of imperfect people facing real challenges. Drawing from all 66 books of the Bible, each devotion includes scripture, a brief meditation, and a word of hope, encouragement, and challenge that will help you foster a deeper relationship with God and with the great diversity of God’s beloved children. If you’ve never found a devotional for your inclusive values, Liberating Love is for you.

Updated Directory: We would like to Kick off 2023 with an updated picture directory. But we need your help to do this, you can respond via email or in person, but we need a response from everyone. For those that prefer online you will receive an email with a current directory. If you prefer a hard copy there will be one on the table in the narthex. We need everyone to check all your information and to give us a current picture we can use for the directory. We prefer a digital copy of a picture and can crop a picture as needed

Fifth Sunday Fun: Don’t forget we will have Donuts and games during our Sunday School hour on 1/29. Join us for some bible family fun. 

All Church Work Day: Would you like to spend some time giving back to the church? Join us for the all church work day on Feb. 4th. We will have jobs for all skill levels, from painting and weeding to more complicated projects like fixing the leaky sink. Please sign-up in the Narthex or email Louise. Do you have a project around the church you think needs to get done, let us know and we will try to add it to the list.  

The Great Key Collection of 2023: If you have a key to the church, fellowship hall or any other building on the grounds that you no longer need please turn it into the office. 

2023 Offering Envelopes: Boxes of offering envelopes are available in the Narthex. Grab a box to make your weekly offering a little easier.

Flowers: Flowers were given in Memory of “Mr. Gunner” Peterson (1923-2016), who would have been 100 on January 21st, by Ann Trapani. 

Birthdays: Claire Russo 1/23, Sheryl 1/24, Valerie Corcoran 1/24