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First Presbyterian Church of Byron
Worship Leader: Rev. James Renfrew
Music Director: Laurence Tallman
Dear Members and Friends,
As you are undoubtedly aware, the US Capitol on Wednesday experienced a violent mob
assault during the Congressional proceedings to formalize the presidential electoral vote
count. The Vice-President, Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were
forced to evacuate or shelter in safety. Five people died, one a member of the U.S. Capitol
Police, and many were injured. Many people, including children, are badly shaken by what
happened as it unfolded on live television and in the hours that followed. An attack on the
Capitol is something not seen in Washington since the War of 1812, and it strikes at the
heart of who we are as a nation.
In conversations in the days that followed, it has become apparent to us that the people
of our church want to come together in hope to pray, listen to one another, and to seek
God’s guidance and encouragement in troubled times.
To this end, we invite your special prayers during our Sunday time for congregational
prayer. If you will be present in the sanctuary you may offer your prayer out loud. If you
are at home we invite you to share your prayer with Kim Dewey by text at 356-2256. You
may also add a prayer in Zoom Chat during the service.
We will appreciate each and every prayer. It is our intent to share every one of them
during the service.
Rev. Jim Renfrew, Faline Tyler, Kim Dewey
PRELUDE “The Sunken Cathedral” (excerpt C. Debussy)
May the Lord give his strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
God’s strength empowers the weak.
God’s blessing gives hope to the lost.
God’s presence encourages the sick.
God’s justice sets things right.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
HYMN OF PRAISE #375 “Shall We Gather at the River”
Dear God, we hear the words of the Psalm, “The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the
God of glory thunders,” but where we are, it seems like the water has receded and the
thunder has been silenced.
In this new year, open our eyes to the signs of your amazing arrival, and our
ears to the sound of your powerful presence. The signs and sounds free us
from our spiritual isolation and lift us to your eternal joy in the birth of Jesus.
A star in the sky and unexpected gifts; what a time we are in!
No longer looking down, today we are looking up!
In Jesus you find us, in Jesus you reach to us, and in Jesus you save us.
SCRIPTURE Psalm 29:1-11
MESSAGE “Over the Waters” Rev. James Renfrew
MUSICAL INTERLUDE “The Water is Wide” (traditional)
HYMN #259 “The God of Heaven” (Psalm 29)
HYMN #623 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
“River of Peace” (L. Tallman)
Jean Roda, Joyce Marshek, Jack Hillabush, Jr., Jessica Grimes, Kirby & Brandon Branciforte,
Lindsay Stein, Rev. Bob Kaiser, Wendy Haywood; Stevie Shaw; the nation, front-line health
workers, school teachers and students.
Send prayer requests to:
Chrystal Britt at chrystalbritt@gmail.com or text (585) 409-1904
12 Roberto “Bert” Jesus Marquez
16 Kylie Britt
Stanley Truax
Telephone: 1-929-205-6099 – contact church for access codes
Jan. 11 7:00 p.m. Christian Ed & Worship Committee
Jan 12 4:00 p.m. Virtual Fellowship (Coffee Hour/Tea Time)
Zoom Mtg. contact church for access codes
Phone 929-205-6099
7:00 p.m.Trustees
Jan. 13 5:00 p.m. T.O.P.S. Meeting
7:00 p.m. Choir
7:30 p.m. AA
Jan. 17 9:45 a.m. Live/Virtual Worship
The Annual Meeting of the Byron Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, January
24 immediately following worship. We will receive the 2020 financial statement, review
the proposed 2021 budget, elect new church officers, hear reports from church
committees, adopt changes in the sexual misconduct policy, and conduct any other
business that may come before us. The Annual Report will will be distributed by email and
US Mail to all church members in advance of the meeting. If you are not a member, you
may request a copy of the report by contacting Rev. Jim Renfrew.
Food Pantry at North Bergen Presbyterian Church is distributing food Wednesdays,
January 20 and 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, January 16 and 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
2021 Offering Envelopes are now available. Contact Robin Glazier (356-4551).
Free Masks are available from Patty Iamon. Send requests to: piamon@gmail.com or call
(585) 245-2918 with the following information: Size (adult, youth, child), gender (female,
male, neutral), name and address. Patty also invites you to donate winter clothing to the
North Bergen Food Pantry, such as hats, gloves, sweaters, coats and boots. We will set up a
donation box for these items in the sanctuary.
January 10, 2021
Season of Epiphany
“May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!”
Psalm 29:11


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