HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
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Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

 

*GATHERING HYMN         “Shine, Jesus, Shine"    TFWS  #2173

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: A clear light on a winter night,
People: Piercing the darkness,
Leader: Revealing the next step,
People: Touching hearts with wonder.
Leader: Step into God's light; sing and shout.
People: Cast off fright; let go of doubt.
Leader: For love shines in each light
People: And the morning hastens to dawn.
 

*HYMN OF PRAISE     "Angels from the Realms of Glory"    #220

 *INVOCATION (Unison)

God of the winter sky, place a star on our horizon, for we need to lift our tired eyes and weary souls from the multitude of tasks and lists. Raise us to glimpse your wonder, to be struck in awe and to marvel at your love. God of the winter sky, place a star on our horizon and a song in our hearts. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 

 *PRAISES      “Star-Child”                     TFWS #2095
                         “What Child Is This”        UMH #219
                                                                  (verse 1 and 2)


BLESSING OF THE HOUSE OF WORSHIP
Leader: The Lord is with us;

People: Peace be to this house of worship and to all who enter through these doors.

Leader: The three wise men came to Bethlehem in search of the Lord. They brought to him precious gifts: gold to honor the newborn king, incense to the true God in human form, and myrrh to anoint his body, which one day would die like our own.
Let us pray. O God, you once used a star to show to all the world that Jesus is your Son. May the light of that star that once guided wise men to honor his birth, now guide us to recognize him also, to know you by faith, and to see you in the epiphanies of the daily experiences of our lives.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord—Jesus born of Mary—shall be revealed.

People: As the Wise Men once sought your brilliant light, O Lord, so may we week to live and work in your splendor.
Leader: O God of Light, bless this house of worship and this our family of faith. May this be a place of peace and health. May each member cultivate the gifts and graces you have given, dedicating our talents and works for the good of all.
Make this house a shelter in the storm and a haven of rest for all in need of your warmth and care. And when we go out from this place, may we never lose sight of that Epiphany star.

People: As we go about our work, our study, our play, keep us in its light and in your love.
 

*A BLESSING OF THE CHALK FOR MARKING THE DOOR
Leader: Lord Jesus, through your Incarnation and birth in true human form, you have made all the earth holy. We now ask your blessing upon this simple gift of your creation — chalk. We use it as a tool to teach our children, and they use it as a tool in their play and games. Now, with your blessing, may it become a tool for us to mark the doors of our church with the symbols of your wise servants who, so long ago, came to worship and adore you in your first home.

(People mark the doorway with the symbols: 20 C M B 16)

Leader: May all who come and go here find peace, comfort, joy, hope, love, and salvation, for Christ has come to dwell in this house of worship and in these hearts.

All: May we be Christ's light in the world. Amen.
 

RESPONSE             "What Child Is This”          UMH #219  (verse 3)
 

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

OFFERING OF TITHES AND GIFTS UNTO THE LORD

DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

WE LISTEN AND RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD

CHILDREN'S TIME

SPECIAL MUSIC AND TESTIMONIES

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 2:1-12

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

SERMON         “Adoration of the Magi”           Pastor Mary

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR EPIPHANY
written by Moira Laidlaw

Pastor: We give you thanks, O God, for making your love evident since the very beginning of time when you spoke the word which replaced the darkness of chaos with life-giving light. A light which has nurtured generations of people, and plants and creatures, great and small. A light which also revealed the fear and powerlessness caused by corrupt and evil actions. And so you spoke the Word which would once and for all dispel the darkness of chaotic lives. Through your love for the world the Word became flesh and lived among us full of grace and truth. The angels caroled glory to you in the highest heavens and peace to all people on earth, and we join with them and with all people to praise your holy name:
People: Holy Lord, God of endless love, heaven and earth are surely full of your glory. The angels sang of it—
we have been lavished with it.
Blessed is he who was born that we might have life.
Glory to God and on earth peace to all people.

Pastor: Holy God, as the travelers with their treasures were overwhelmed with joy on finding Jesus, so we also are overwhelmed on finding out the depth of his love for us. For Jesus showed just how beloved we are to him, by loving us and giving himself for us. On that night when he gave himself up for us, as he sat at the table and broke bread with his friends, he said: 'Take and eat; this is my body which is broken for you. Remember me each time you do this.' After they had eaten, he took the cup, and said: 'Remember me as you drink from this, for it is my life, poured out for you—the beginning of a new relationship with God.’
Send the power of your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and wine, O God, that we may experience the presence of the Word-made-flesh—Jesus Christ. Breathe your Spirit in us that we may be one body with him—living out his ministry in the world today and every day. This we pray in the name of the One who taught us to pray:
 

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP

*CLOSING HYMN        “We Three Kings”        #254

*BENEDICTION
 

Chalking Ceremony
In some parts of the world, particularly Great Britain, there is a custom of gathering in places to ask God's blessing on those dwellings. This short liturgy is a way of marking our church at the front entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who enter throughout the coming year.
This ceremony is linked to the visit of the Magi and is most appropriately used at the start of the season of Epiphany. Chalk, a substance made of common elements of the earth, is used by teachers to instruct students and by children in their games and play. We use chalk in this service as an ordinary substance put to holy use. Traditionally we remember the names of the Magi as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar — although these names are not to be found in Scripture. During the chalking ceremony, the first letters of these three names — C, M, B — are inscribed on the door frame. Some suggest the C M B may also stand for "Christus Mansionem Benedicat," meaning "May Christ bless this dwelling."
 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

January Worship Helpers:
Announcer: Mary Adams Greeter: Ruby Hull  Scripture: Michelle Retzer  Ushers: Walter Porter and Youth  Counters: Margaret Harrison and Kathy Fuller

Friday, January 8
9:00 a.m. Food pick up
6-8pm Girl Scouts Cookie Rally at Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday, January 12
Noon-1:00 p.m. Food Pantry volunteer meeting

Wednesday, January 13
9:30 a.m. Pick up perishables
Noon-2 p.m. Food distribution

Friday, January 15
9:00 a.m. Food pick up
10-11 a.m. ‘Two in One’ with Carl Williams
5-7 p.m. Girl Scouts—Daisies and Brownies
5:30-7:30 p.m. Girl Scouts—Juniors and Cadets

Saturday, January 16
10:00 a.m. Ad Council Meeting

Sunday, January 17
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:45 a.m. Sunday School
 

 

 
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