This Weeks Sermon

The gathering music for today: Gathering Video: “The Same Love” by Paul Baloche. The video is 4:45 long and the link is located on YouTube (The Same Love – Paul Baloche).

ORDER OF WORSHIP                                        January 30, 2022 ● 10:00 am
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, YOU are welcome here.

PRELUDE                  Improvisation on “New Dimensions”                Jan Bordeleau                                                        
WELCOME                                                                                  Rev. Brian Donovan

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                       Johnny Stucklen
One:     Fear rips the edges of life!
All:       Come – let us be One in faith. 
One:     Fatigue licks my dull eyes!
All:       Come – let us be refreshed with hope.
One:     Failure stalks my every path!
All:       Come – let us all be enveloped by the Love of God
             who loved us before we were formed
             and who we come to worship – today.

One:      For, God is Love!!!



*OPENING HYMN (NCH#102)       “O How Shall I Receive You”              FCC Choir

*OPENING PRAYER(Unison)                                                     Johnny Stucklen
Holy Loving God, inspire within us the enduring Love of Your Son, our Christ. A Love so bright that it shines in us and throughout our entire lives. Invoke these teachings, O God, so, we can continue on Your Way to invigorate all people with the Justice and Mercy of Your Holy Love. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is  now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.

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              1 Corinthians 13:1-13                                Johnny Stucklen
SERMON                       “Seeing our Way…through”                  Rev. Brian Donovan

CHOIR ANTHEM           “Treasure Each Moment”                                FCC Choir


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost 

God of Love and teacher to all – to You, we dedicate these symbols of our time – talent – and treasure. Accept them and commit these gifts to support Your ministries and Mission revealed in this fellowship. May all that is given and received aid Your teachings and our learning of the generous Love You share with ALL of Creation. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the Way. Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN (NCH#393)     “Blessed Be the Tie That Binds”           FCC Choir

POSTLUDE                        Improvisation on “Verbum Dei”              Jan Bordeleau  

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love

Quote of the Day
“While the mind sees only boundaries, Love knows the secret way there.” 

2/1            TUES       Bible Study, 11:00 am
2/3            THURS    Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, 8:00 am
2/6            SUN         Morning Worship/Online Worship, 10:00 am
2/7            MON        Fun & Games, 1:30 pm                                        
                                     All numbered hymns are from The New Century Hymnal. Permission is granted for this one-time use.
• “Treasure Each Moment” Words & Music by Joseph M. Martin © 1995, Pilgrim Press, All rights reserved. ONELICENSE, License #A-739577

O How Shall I Receive You (NCH#102)
O how shall I receive you,
how meet you on your way,
blessed hope of every people,
my soul’s delight and stay?
O Jesus, Jesus, give me now
by your own pure light,
to know whate’er is pleasing
and welcome in your sight.
Love caused your incarnation;
love brought you unto to me;
your thirst for my salvation
procured my liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
that led you to embrace
in love, all love excelling,
our lost and fallen race.
You come, O Christ, with gladness,
in mercy and goodwill,
to bring an end to sadness
and bid our fears be still.
In patient expectation
we live for that great day
when a renewed creation
your glory shall display.
Blessed Be the Tie That Binds (NCH#393)
Blessed be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
The sharing of a common life
is like to that above.

Before our God we come
and pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
each other’s burdens bear.
And often for each other flows
a sympathizing tear.

When we are called to part
it gives us inward pain,
But we shall still be joined in heart,
and hope to meet again.

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Pastor’s Letter, July 3, 2024

Dear Salem FCC Friends in Christ,

In a speech to Congress the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, President Roosevelt famously declared December 7th, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy.”  These days in our nation, I wonder how he would have characterized, January 6th, 2021.

Of the many days in my lifetime, January 6th, 2021 is a date that will live in infamy for me.  I never thought  I’d see a violent mob break into the Capitol, try to overthrow a Presidential election, destroy property, and shout out death threats to our political leaders.  And, I never imagined I’d see insurrectionists, standing at the front of the Senate chamber, thanking God for their cause and invoking the name of Jesus Christ regarding their efforts!  How about you?

More shocking for me was that all of this was supported by some members of Congress and the President of the United States!  I wondered what was happening to our country – and to Christianity!  

As we come to the 4th of July this year, I’m still in shock. Too many Christians continue to support the spirit and aims of this day in an emerging “Christian Nationalist” movement.  Too many Christians are either unaware or underestimate the power and danger of this movement.  Too many Christians remain indifferent and inactive.  I  know; I’ve been one of the latter two.   How about you?

If you’re becoming more concerned like I am, you can learn more about this misguided movement by reading one of the many  new books on the subject.  You can listen to a podcast such as Confronting Christian Nationalism.  Or, you can visit a website like: Christians against Christian 

As we sang in last Sunday’s closing hymn, We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations: “We’ve a message to give to the nations, that the Lord who reigneth above has sent us His Son to save us, and show us that God is love.”  As a Christian who believes that we ought be striving to practice the religion of Jesus rather than the religion about Jesus, I think this message is a terrific birthday gift we can give our troubled society and nation this year. 

But, what do you – as a Christian and American – think?  

I hope you – and our country – have a blessed 4th of July, 

Pastor Ed     

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