Church Bulletin – January 8, 2012

GATHERING

 

GREETINGAND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: God speaks!

People: God’s voice is like drums, thundering across the heavens.

Leader: God’s voice is a whisper, caressing the earth as a breath.

People: God’s voice is majestic as mountains.

Leader: God’s voice is powerful, causing the earth to quake.

People: God speaks and new life springs forth.

Leader: God speaks and wounds are healed.

People: God speaks and fears subside.

Leader: The Lord God Almighty speaks to us.

People: We know the voice of our creator and shepherd.

Leader: Let us respond to God’s voice with faith and obedience.

People: God speaks! Thanks be to God!

 

*PRAISE MUSIC            AMAZING GRACE                    UMH 378

 

INVOCATION                                

Holy God, we praise you for your creative and mighty word. You declare that the earth is good, so we pledge to care for it as your stewards. You proclaim that life is sacred, so we honor your divine image in one another. You announce your presence in our world, so we look for the ways and places in which you are at work. We are grateful for the constancy of your word which anchors us in you. We are thankful that your word remains dynamic, compelling us to change and grow. We celebrate the inspiration and imagination of your word which continues to create and renew life. We invite you to make your word and your Self known to us in this sacred time and place. Amen.

 

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

 

PSALM 29      responsive                                                        UMH761

  PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:                 Joys and Concerns

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW  UMH 95

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Merciful Savior, you spoke a word and light appeared in the darkness. We pray that you would speak to us now, that your word may again illumine our lives and our world. May the same power that separated day from night and flung billions of stars into place, ignite within us a desire to hear, know and obey your word.

 

GOSPEL LESSON:       Mark 1:4-11                                               PB, pg. 33

OLD  TESTAMENT LESSON:                  Genesis 1:1-5                 PB, pg. 1

THE MESSAGE:                                                               Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

PRAYER RESPONSE                                                             UMH 329

 

REMEMBERING OUR BAPTISMAL COVENANT

 

RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH UMH 50-52

 

CELEBRATING NEW MEMBER:           Rick Moore

As a member of Christ’s universal church, will you be loyal to Christ through the United Methodist Church, and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries?

I will.

 

As a member of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?

I will.

 

COMMENDATION AND WELCOME                                UMH 48-49

 

SENDING FORTH

 

*CLOSING HYMN:

THIS IS A DAY OF NEW BEGINNINGS           1-4 of UMH 383

 

*BLESSING

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The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

Bulletin/ sermon used by permission from Homiletics.

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