Havenb Church Jerome Bulletin – December 14, 2014

HAVEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

597 Main Street, P.O. Box 186, Jerome, AZ. 86331

December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS-

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE

PRELUDE                                                                       Ruth Turner and Janis Farver

CALL TO WORSHIP-Responsively

Leader: We are ready, O Lord, to behold the presence of your spirit among us.
People: Bless our spirits with openness and joy!
Leader: We have come on this journey seeking hope and peace.
People: You, O Lord, have poured your spirit on us!

 

CAROL SING           Choose from Carols on Pages 217-253 in the UM Hymnal

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

We give thanks, O God, that you are unchanging, that your concern for justice and righteousness was so strong that you came in human form to share that concern with us in person.  We confess that all too often we hesitate to speak or act when we see people being treated unjustly. Forgive us for uncaring attitudes when we base our opinion of another person’s worth on what they own, or how they look; on what they say, or how they live, rather than accepting them for who they are—people made in your image. Forgive us for placing our hope in other than the Christ-child born in a poor stable. Our hope lies in the promise of your mercy, O God, extending to those who fear you from generation to generation.  Heal, restore and bless us, we pray, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

*HYMN                           “Child in the Manger”                                           See Insert

 

SCRIPTURE READING                                                                       Matthew 2:7-11

 

TIME WITH YOUTH

 

*HYMN                     “Angels We Have Heard on High”                         UMH #238

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

Gracious God, you work miracles. Nothing can hinder your purposes. Your love shines forth in your living Word. We pray that the world will reflect your Word. Use these offerings to create small miracles of transformation in our communities. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.      (Luke 1)                                                 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                UMH #95

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                                               UMH #895

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

 PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE READING                                                                               I Peter 4:7-11

THE MESSAGE                        “Christmas Giving”                                    Janet Keffer

*HYMN                     “The First Noel”                                       UMH #245 Verses 1-4

 

SENDING FORTH

 

*CIRCLE SONG:                         “Shine, Jesus Shine”                              Renew #247

Shine, Jesus shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory, blaze, spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire; Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy, send forth Your word, Lord, and let there be light. 

 

*BLESSING

*Stand as you are able.

The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed. Office hours: Thursday 9am-12pm 928-639-3871, and by appointment, Pastor Janet Keffer 602-284-704. Catch Haven UM church, 365/24/7 @ www.havenchurch.org

 The mission of Haven United Methodist Church reaching out in specific acts of love, encouraging spiritual growth-and finding a close, joyous relationship with God.

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