ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH Morgantown, WV (304) 599-0620 stpaulmorgantown.org The Rev. Gerald R. Kliner, Jr. Organist– Robert Kleeb Choir Director– Beth Dameier A warm welcome to all worshipping here today, especially our guests. If you are a visitor please sign our guest book/visitor card in the narthex. The Baptism of Our Lord January 11, 2015 Gathering Hymn: LBW 400 God, Whose Almighty Word Psalm: LBW p.228 Psalm 29 Gospel Procession: LBW 194 All Who Believe and Are Baptized, v.1 out and v.2 back Hymn of the Day: WOV 647 When Jesus Came to Jordan Communion Hymn: WOV 698 We Were Baptized in Christ Jesus Sending Hymn: Insert Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized Serving Today Lay Assistant Mary Haas Nursery Martin family Acolytes Ben, Sam & Allison Peters Shannon Werntz Ushers Susanne & David Lynch Counters Sally Leonard Steve Gnegy Lector Earl Melby CHOIR ANTHEM “The Baptism Carol” by Donald Busarow Announcements: Our worship books are available in a large print format. Please ask an usher if you would like one. Annual meeting of the congregation will be held after worship on January 18th. There will be a potluck dinner; a sign up sheet is posted in the narthex. The Piecemakers are need of new or gently used sheets; please see Renate with questions. Offering envelopes for 2015 are now available. Please pick them up in the narthex following worship. A new calendar year has begun. To maintain your status as a voting member of the congregation, please fill out a communion record card and place in the offering plate. Please submit items for the February newsletter to the church office by January 19th. An ad-hoc committee has been created to submit recommendations for the dispensation of the bequest of the estate of Mary Rancinger. If you would like to help this committee, please see Al Stiller. Council is looking for individuals who would like to serve as our Church Delegates to the June 5-6 Synod Assembly. A preparatory meeting for the assembly will be held in late February. Please see Pres. Matt Sampson or VP Larry Springer if you are interested in serving. The flowers today are given by Jeanne Lemasters and Lisa Moherman to the glory of God and in appreciation of their church family First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Psalm 29 LBW p.228 Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ Then he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ They answered, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them. Gospel: Mark 1:4-11 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ THIS WEEK AT ST. PAUL (January 11 - 18) Sunday 1/11 — Sunday School Communion Service Confirmation Tuesday 1/13 — Bible Study Wednesday 1/14 — WELCA Choir Friday 1/16 — Piecemakers Sunday 1/18 — Sunday School Communion Service Annual meeting of the congregation, potluck dinner THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL Sunday 1/11 — Mass Compline Wednesday 1/14 — Sext Thursday 1/15 — HSC Luncheon Catechism for Collegians Compline 9:00 am 10:00 am 6:00 pm 10:00 am 1:00 pm 7:00 pm 10:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 12:00 noon 12:00 noon 8:30 pm 9:45 pm Many people have a long weekend coming up for MLK Jr. Day (Jan 17-19). Why not make a mini-retreat to a Lutheran monastery? The chapel is offering a very quick trip to St. Augustine's House. Depending upon when we leave, it could be a good chunk of Saturday, all of Sunday, and a portion of Monday. This would be a good way to dip one's toes in the monastic waters ---especially if a week-long retreat sounds a little frightening. See Chaplain Riegel or check out lutheranmountaineer.org for more info.
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