Church Bulletin – January 6, 2013

1st Sunday of Epiphany

 

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.

You will do well to be attentive to this, as to a lamp shining in the dark place,

until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Christ is the light of our souls:

People:  We rejoice in this light, great source of truth.

Leader: Christ is the light of our homes:

People: We rejoice in this light, great source of peace.

Leader: Christ is the light of the world:

People: We rejoice in this light, great source of hope.

Leader: Let us be Christ’s true lights, dispersing the darkness of evil, for His grace, His power, His peace are with us all.

 

* HYMN             “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                                       UMH #89

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of the Bethlehem star, everyone is searching for Your light shining in the face of Christ. The Magi sought Christ simply to worship Him. But Herod sought to appease his jealous anger. We confess that our motives for seeking Jesus are not pure. We do not simply come to worship: we come to Christ, asking His benefits of reassurance, health, and wealth; asking Him to fulfill the hundred petitions for not-so-important requests that we heap before Him. But the Magi sought first the kingdom. Help us, God, to follow their example, putting our own need in perspective, worshiping the Christ in love, content to be in Your presence, and laying our gifts before You. Then may we journey, trusting that Your goodness and light will accompany us all the days of our life. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                                  Janet Keffer

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                  Genesis 1:1-5

 

*HYMN                     “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”                      UMH #103

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER

Eternal God: Through the study of Your word we have learned that in this mortal life we have the responsibility of caring for one another’s burdens.

This we seek to do in the presentation of our offerings. Particularly this day, and at Your table we present a communion gift to help meet the needs of both beloved friends and perfect strangers. May what we give be blessed by You, and bring blessings into the lives of those for whom it is given. We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                               UMH #95

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE-JOYS AND CONCERNS                      Michael Keffer

 

 

ANTHEM                      “Open My Eyes That I May See”              Haven UMC Choir

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                     John 1:1-5; 8:12; 12:35-36; I John 1:5-7

THE MESSAGE      “Today is Epiphany – Let There be Light”                 Janet Keffer

 

*HYMN                           “This Little Light of Mine”                                  UMH #585

 

COMMUNION

CONFESSION AND PARDON                                                              UMH Page 12

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING                                                                  UMH Page 13-15

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING COMMUNION

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:                         “He Lives”                                              UMH #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.

*BLESSING

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*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

Many Thanks to the Rev. Ed Womack for officiating at our Communion Service this morning.

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