Passing of the Peace: Though we are separated by distance our hearts are one in Christ. The peace of Christ be with you!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Call to worship: Zephaniah 3:12-17 – A responsive reading
Pastor: Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel!
People: Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
Pastor: The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy.
People: The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
Pastor: On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
People: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
ALL: He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”


Song of Praise: Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons) (Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, 2011)
Chorus: Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul,
Worship his holy name!
Sing like never before, O my soul,
I’ll worship your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning—
it’s time to sing your praise again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me,
let me be singing when the evening comes. (Chorus)

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger—
your name is great and your heart is kind.
For all your goodness I will keep on singing:
ten thousand reason for my heart to find. (Chorus)
And on that day, when my strength is failing—
the end draws near and my time has come,
still my soul will sing your praise unending:
ten thousand years and then forevermore! (Chorus)

Confession/Assurance: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Responding in Praise: Awake, My Soul (O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing) (Matt Maher, 2017)

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace.

A thousand songs are not enough to say how great you are,
The glories of your majesty, the triumphs of your love.

Chorus: Awake, my soul, to sing
the glories of my God and King!
Arise and praise the One
worthy of the songs of a thousand tongues.

Your name, Lord Jesus, casts out fear, and bids our sorrows cease;
It’s music in the sinner’s ear, it’s life, and health, and peace.

You break the power of all our sin, you set the captive free,
you make the broken heart rejoice; new life the dead receive. (Chorus, then Bridge)

Bridge: Forever you are…forever you are worthy.
Forever you are…forever you are worthy.
Forever you are…forever you are worthy.
Forever you are— (Chorus x2)


Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 (from the Message)
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

John 2:1-12 (NIV)
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
This is the Word of the Lord.

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Musical Offering: Natalie Brouwer

Children of the Heavenly Father
(Carolina Sandell Berg, 1855; traditional Swedish melody)

Children of the heavenly Father safely in his bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven such a refuge e’er was given.
God his own doth tend and nourish, in his holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things he spares them, in his mighty arms he bears them.

Though he giveth or he taketh, God his children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy.
Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord his children sever;
unto them his grace he showeth, and their sorrows all he knoweth.

Children of the heavenly Father safely in his bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven such a refuge e’er was given.

Prayers of the people: Pray for yourself, family and community, nation and the world.

Hymn of Thanksgiving: For the Beauty of the Earth   (Folliott Pierpoint, 1864; tune Conrad Kocher, 1838)
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flow’r, sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For each perfect gift of thine to our race so freely giv’n,
graces human and divine, flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n,
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

For thy Son, who from on high humbly came to earth to die,
For redemption from our sin each one who believes in him,
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.