This Sunday, January 3, 2016—one service only.
Plan to worship in a joint service at 10 am where our leadership
for 2016 will be affirmed and dedicated using elements
of John Wesley’s Covenant Service.
Rev. Heaton’s sermon is titled “The Divine LOGOS” and the scripture text is John 1:1-18. The Chancel Choir anthem is “A New Year Carol” (Benjamin Britten). C.W. Markham is organist. The Prelude is “Cantilène religieuse” (Théodore Dubois), the Offertory is Choral Prelude on “See, amid the Winter’s Snow” (Malcolm Archer), and the Postlude is “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” (Johann Christoph Bach).
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,[e] who is close to the Father’s heart,[f] who has made him known. John 1:1-18