HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041
Lectionary Readings for today: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:47-55;
Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45
 

*GATHERING HYMN         “God is So Good"    TFWS  #2056

LIGHTING OF ADVENT CANDLE

[Light the first three candles on the Advent wreath.]

Leader:     My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

                 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

                 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

                 These familiar words were spoken by Mary upon greeting Elizabeth. Imagine the joy of this meeting when they can discuss their own and each other’s pregnancy together for the first time. And what did they talk about first? A boy? A girl? Baby clothes? New furniture? No. Mary says,

                 “My soul magnifies the Lord; I declare the greatness of God, and my spirit rejoices.”

                 Mary … a young woman … a teenager … not so long before, pregnant and unmarried … declares the greatness of God and recognizes the unique calling she has received.

People:    As with so many other mothers before and after her, she does not know what joys or sorrows may follow the birth, but she is ready to rejoice in God, her Savior.

Leader:     It is for Mary that we light this fourth candle.  Mary–blessed among women.  Mary–the Lord’s lowly servant.  Mary–who believed that God was about to fulfill the promise made to Abraham so long ago.

[Light the fourth candle.]

All:           Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN OF PRAISE              "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"    #216

*INVOCATION (Unison)

Almighty God, the time of waiting is almost over. Like new parents eagerly awaiting the birth of a child, we impatiently wait with you for the birth of your Son. We stand in awe, knowing what the birth of this particular baby means for our lives yet unable to fully comprehend the depth of your love for us. We come before you in worship this morning, hoping that our thoughts, prayers and songs of praise are pleasing to you. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

PRAISES, JOYS AND CONCERNS
 

PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD'S PRAYER

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS UNTO THE LORD

DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

CELEBRATING THE WORLD

CHILDREN'S TIME

PRAYER OF JOY FOR THE WORLD'S PEOPLE    

Leader:     And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Response                                “My Soul Gives Glory to My God”            #198 (verse 1)

Leader:     His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;

Response                                “My Soul Gives Glory to My God”            #198 (verse 3)

Leader:     he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Response                                “My Soul Gives Glory to My God”            #198 (verse 5)

     PRAYER  FOR ILLUMINATION      

GOSPEL LESSON                                 Luke  1:39 - 45                                          

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

SERMON               "Stable Time"                    Pastor Mary

*CLOSING HYMN    "O' Little Town of Bethlehem "       UMH #230

*BENEDICTION

 

December Worship Helpers:

Announcer  - Wanda
Scripture  -     Mary
Greeters     Michelle/family
Ushers  -    Walter and Youth
Counters   -   Carl / Sandy S.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, December 22 
             1 pm  and  7pm    Advent Study

Wednesday, December 23
           9:00 a.m.                   Food Pick Up

Thursday, December 24
          7:00 p.m.                    Christmas Eve Candle Light Communion Services


Friday, December  25           Christmas Day   office closed  no Girl Scouts

Sunday, December 27  
           9:30 a. m..                Worship
          10:45 a.m.                  Sunday School

 

Tuesday, December 29        
           1:00 p.m.                Food Pantry Volunteer Luncheon 

 

Wednesday, December 30
           9:00 a.m.                Pick up perishables
          12:00 p.m.               Food Pantry Distribution

 

Dec 26 - Jan 2                      Pastor on Vacation

 

 
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