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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path (Please light a candle to begin your worship.)

Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship        (Psalm 29)                

Leader:        Gathered together, we lift our voices,

People:        “Praise and Glory to God.”

Leader:        For God abides in all nature and all people!

People:        “Praise and Glory to God.”

Leader:        Bring God joyous praise.

People:        “Praise and Glory to God.”

Prayer of Praise and Adoration  (Unison)                

        Great God, in the midst of every storm

        we lift our voices to call out your name and offer you our praise.

        Grateful for your steadfast actions, even as we face today’s challenges,

        help us remember Jesus’ baptism.
        You claimed him.  You were pleased with him.
        Today, we give thanks that we, too, are claimed by you.
        Grant your Spirit to fill us today
        that you will be well pleased with us.   AMEN

Opening Hymn:                    Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing                          NETTLETON                                                         

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,

tune my heart to sing thy grace;

streams of mercy, never ceasing,

call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

sung by flaming tongues above. 

Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it 

mount of God’s redeeming love

Oh, to grace how great a debtor

daily I'm constrained to be!

Let thy goodness like a fetter,

bind my wandering heart to thee:.

prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

prone to leave the God I love;

here's my heart, O take and seal it;

seal it for thy courts above.

Time for the Young and Young at Heart

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Chorus                             Spirit of the Living God                                LIVING GOD

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Melt me , mold me, fill me, use me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Offering         Offerings may be made at or mailed to the church office.

Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self (Unison)

        O Faithful One,

        accept these gifts of our hearts and hands.

        May they be multiplied and magnified

        as the living presence of Christ in the world. Amen.

Hymn                                Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters               BEACH SPRING

1 Wash, O God, your sons and daughters,

newborn creatures of your womb.

Number them among your people,

raised like Christ from death and tomb.

Weave them garments bright and sparkling,

compass them with love and light.

Fill, anoint them, send your Spirit,

holy dove and heart’s delight.

3 O how deep your holy wisdom!

Unimagined, all your ways!

To your name be glory, honor!

With our lives we worship, praise!

We your people stand before you,

water-washed and Spirit born.

By your grace, our lives we offer.

Recreate us; God, transform!

2 Ev’ry day we need your nurture;

by your milk may we be fed.

Let us join your feast,

partaking cup of blessing, living bread.

God renew us; guide our footsteps,

free from sin and all its snares,

one with Christ in living, dying,

by your Spirit, children, heirs.

Scripture                                      Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV)                                         

        John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for         the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people         of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan,         confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around         his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more         powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of         his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

        In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the         Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart         and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are         my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”


Message:                                                   Get Wet                              Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes


Closing Hymn:                                      Spirit Song                                        SPIRIT SONG

1 O let the Son of God enfold you

with his Spirit and his love.

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.

O let him have the things that hold you,

and his Spirit like a dove

will descend upon your life and make you whole.

2 O come and sing this song with gladness

As your hearts are filled with joy.

Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.

O give him all your tears and sadness,

Give him all your years of pain,

and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.


Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

Carrying the Light into the World:  Alleluia & Blessing

Postlude                                                                                        Tina Andersen

Mission Statement:

To live as Jesus lived:  Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception

Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.

Vision Statement:

God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.

Yorkville Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560-1015

        Phone:  630/553-7308                        E-mail:

        Website:                Facebook:

        Ministers: The Congregation                                 Pastor:  Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

        Director of Christian Education: Barb Thurlby                Administrative Assistant: Liz Cronshaw

        Building Manager: Mary Ellen Anderson                Custodian: Laurie Strong

        Choir Director: Doug Trumble                                 Children’s Choir Director: Sondra Shatters

        Organist: Tina Andersen                                Pianist:  Lori Runkle        


1)        Confirmation classes resumed today at 9 a.m. on Zoom.

2)        Monday at 7 p.m. the Worship Committee meets on Zoom.

3)        Pastoral Care will meet on Tuesday at 10 a.m. via conference call.

4)        Thursday is the Finance & SLT meetings on Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

5)        The Central Dupage Hospital Children’s Blanket Mission are available to be tied. Please         stop by the Narthex to sign out your packet. Donations of $10.00 are still being accepted.

6)        The Heritage Celebration continues! Call the office to sign up! Dates & times are on the         next page!

Join in the fun of exploring the history and heritage of YCUCC!  The church has worked to abolish slavery and end homelessness, hosted baptisms and weddings, served countless suppers, prayed through world wars, lived through two global pandemics, engaged social movements, and celebrated life’s largest events.  There is much in the congregational memory and now is the time to celebrate YCUCC’s distinct heritage.

Your voice is essential to this celebration!  Join in a video conference or telephone call where you will be guided through engaging questions that will stir memories.  And you’ll experience the memories of your church family.  The sessions are guaranteed to be interesting and fun.

SIGN UP for a 90-minute session by contacting the church office via email ( or phone (630.553.7308).  Each session will have limited participation so signing up quickly is vital.  A few days prior to the session you will receive instructions on how to join in the fun.

                Monday, January 11, 1 p.m.        Receiver with solid fill

                Wednesday, January 13, 1 p.m.        Receiver with solid fill62,399 Zoom Illustrations, Royalty-Free Vector Graphics & Clip Art - iStock

                Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m.        Receiver with solid fill

                Sunday, January 17, 1 p.m.        Online meeting with solid fill

                Tuesday, January 19, 7 p.m.        Online meeting with solid fillᐈ Conference call clip art stock cliparts, Royalty Free conference call  pictures | download on Depositphotos®

                Thursday, January 21, 1 p.m.        Online meeting with solid fill

                Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.        Receiver with solid fill

                Sunday, January 24, 1 p.m.        Online meeting with solid fill

Questions?  Please contact Rev. Rhodes.

The Heritage Pilgrim leaders are Brian Bazan, Pam Campos, Gavin Redmon, Lee Ann Skogsberg, Rev. Rhodes.