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2016 Theme: The Year of Community.

January 31, 2016, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
Theme: The scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 4:21-30, read by Iris Bulson.
Message, “The Scripture is Fulfilled in your Hearing”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Blessing lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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January 24, 2016, Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
Theme: To Set at Liberty.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 4:14-21, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “To Set at Liberty”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Blessing lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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January 17, 2016, Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
Theme: Developing Relationships.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, John 2:1-11, read by Mary Winkelman.
Message, “Signs of Abundance”, given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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January 10, 2016, First Sunday after the Epiphany.
Theme: Sifting wheat from the chaff

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “The Wind is Working for the Good of the Wheat”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Sarum Blessing (Sarum Liturgy, England, 13th Cent., ALT.), lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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January 3, 2016, Epiphany Sunday.
Theme: “Another Road”.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Matthew 2:1-12, read by Tom Taft.
Message, “Rerouting”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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December 27, 2015, First Sunday after Christmas.
Theme: “Searching for Jesus”.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Luke Luke 2:41-52, read by Tony Linz.
Message, “Lost & Found”, given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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December 24, 2015, Christmas Eve.
Theme: "The glory of the Lord shone around them"...(Luke 2:9).

Opening Carol: "O Come All Ye Faithful".
Welcome and Call to Worship lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas .
Opening Prayer given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Carol: "It Came Upon a the Midnight Clear" and Lighting of the Advent Candle.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:2-7, read by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading: Luke 2:1-7, read by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Carol: "Away in a Manger".
Scripture reading: Luke 2:8-14, read by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Carol: "Angels We have Heard on High".
Scripture reading: Luke 2:15-20, read by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Christmas Message: "The Glory of the Lord Shone Around Them", given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Carol: "The First Noel".
Community Response, Offering and Prayer of Dedication led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Carol: "Silent Night, Holy Night".
Carol: "O Come All Ye Faithful".
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Postlude: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".
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December 20, 2015, Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Theme: Slow Walkers on the Way to Bethlehem.

Listener please note: There is a hum/buzz noise on the original recording and that noise is also present on this podcast recording. We hope that noise won't distract you from the meaningful message of this worship service.
Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 1:39-45, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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December 6, 2015, Second Sunday of Advent.
Theme: Communion for all flesh.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Lighting the Advent Candle.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, Luke 3:1-6, read by Sandy Zinos.
Message, “All Flesh Shall See the Salvation of God” (Luke 3:6b), given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson and Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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November 29, 2015, First Sunday of Advent
Theme: "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus".

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Lighting the Advent Candle.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Luke 21:25-36, read by Mary Winkelman.
Message, “What Are You Expecting?”, given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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November 22, 2015, Christ the King Sunday.
Theme: A God of Beauty, Mercy, and Total Embrace.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, 2 Samuel 23:3b-7, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “A God of Beauty, Mercy, and Total Embrace”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Sarum Blessing (Sarum Liturgy, England, 13th Cent., ALT.) lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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November 15, 2015, Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: : Offering Hospitality & Fidelity.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, 1 Samuel 1:4-20, read by youth.
Message, “A Story within a Story”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson..
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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November 8, 2015, Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: Offering Hospitality & Fidelity.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Please read the scripture before listening to the message; Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17. The scripture reading is not included due to technical difficulties.
Message, “Redeemed by a Stranger”, given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas and Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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November 1, 2015, Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: ‘Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice in God’s Salvation’.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Isaiah 25:6-9 , read by Mark Blum.
Message, “Let us Be Glad and Rejoice in God’s Salvation”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson and.Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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October 25, 2015, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: New Eyes.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Job 42:1-6, 10-17 , read by Nanc Ihrcke.
Message, “My Eyes See You!”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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October 18, 2015, Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “God Speaks from the Whirlwind”.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Job 38:1-7, 34-41, read by Tom Taft.
Message, “God’s Voice in The Whirlwind”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Litany of Commissioning for The Circle of Care.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson and Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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October 11, 2015, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: Lament.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, Job 23:1-9, 16-17, read by Sandy Zinos.
Message, “Dark Places”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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October 4, 2015, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: The Bread of Presence.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Job 1:1; 2:1-10, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “The Bread of Presence”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson and Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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September 27, 2015, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “For Such a Time as This”.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, read by Tom Taft.
Message, “For Such a Time as This”, given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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September 20, 2015, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: Wisdom.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, Proverbs 31:10-31, read by Mary Winkelman.
Message, “Wrestling with the Chaos”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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September 13, 2015, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: ‘At the entrances, wisdom has her say’.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, Proverbs 1:20-33, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, “Wisdom Cries at the Openings”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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September 6, 2015, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: We are invited to a table without gates.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23, read by Tom Taft .
Message, “Those who are good of eye are blessed.” (Prov.22.9), given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas and Rev. Tina Itson.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
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August 30, 2015, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: Integrating Heads, Hands, and Hearts.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, read by Tom Taft.
Message, “Heart Work”" given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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August 23, 2015, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “Lord, To Whom Can We Go?”

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
Scripture reading, John 6:56-69, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message, "Lord, To Whom Can We Go?" given by Rev. Tina Itson.
Community Response lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas and Rev. Tina Itson.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Tina Itson.
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August 30, 2015, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: Integrating Heads, Hands, and Hearts.

Call to Worship lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Time of Prayer lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, read by Tom Taft.
Message, “Heart Work”" given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response lead by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Dismissal with Blessing, lead by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
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