Welcome and Greeting Rev. Katie Hambrick If you are visiting FBC this morning, or would like more information about the church and our programs, please pick up a Welcome Packet at one of the entrances.
Lighting of the Christ Candle Graham Suddeth
Call to Worship Psalm 67 (NRSV) The Wheat Family One: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. ALL: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. One: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah ALL: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. One: The earth has yielded its increase;God, our God, has blessed us. ALL: May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.
Congregational Hymn #295 “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” NETTLETON
Invocation and the Lord’s Prayer Rev. Katie Hambrick 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.
Scripture Reading John 5:1-9 (NRSV) Rev. Jeremiah Williamson After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath.
Sermon “What We Deserve” Rev. Jeremiah Williamson
Moment of Reflection “Good, Good Father” TOMLIN
Hymn of Response #244 “Blessed Quietness” BLESSED QUIETNESS
Benedition Rev. Katie Hambrick
Postlude “Kingsfold Trumpet”Fedak
Fr. Jeremiah Williamson has served as rector (Sr. Pastor) of Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church since February of 2016. Baptized in a United Methodist Church, raised in Pentecostalism, he discovered the Episcopal Church during college and joined during seminary. He has served Episcopal Churches since 2003, including St. Paul’s (Chatham, NJ), Grace (Madison, NJ), St. John’s (Youngstown, OH) and, before arriving in Colorado Springs, was the rector of St. Andrew’s in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of Praying the Scriptures: Litanies for Sunday Worship (Church Publishing, 2014) and a contributor to the book Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: Stories about the Challenges of Young Pastors (James Ellis III, ed., Smythe & Helwys, 2015). He and his wife Jennifer, an ordained United Methodist pastor, have two sons, Oscar and Isaiah.
Who we ARe:
We are a historic American Baptist Church in burgeoning downtown Colorado Springs, where its members have been worshiping on the same corner since 1872. We are an ecumenically-minded body, partnering across denominational lines to serve the most vulnerable in our community. Our membership is comprised of people who spread the gamut theologically, racially, politically, and economically. FBC-CS strives to practice a tradition of inclusiveness in all we do.