Come, Let Us Adore Him!

Indicates to stand if you are able.

Prayer cards may be filled out prior to the first

hymn and placed in the offering plate in the back

of the church, or handed to an usher during the

first hymn.

 

We Gather as the Body of Christ

PRELUDE                                                     Heidi Prior

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS                         

                     

INTROIT                                 This is the Day  / Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP                Joan Fossum, Liturgist

 HYMN                                   Gather Us In / # 2236

                                         The Faith We Sing Hymnal

Acolyte(s) will bring in the Light of Christ

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)

Call us, O Lord, in simple, clear ways, so that we can’t interpret your desire that we follow you and leave behind whatever is not of you.  Call us, O Lord, in generous, compassionate ways, so that we can move through our resistance and our reluctance to join you on the journey.  Call us, O Lord, in creative, compelling ways, so that your purpose and your passion become ours, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING

Isaiah 9: 1-4 / OT page 604

 CHILDREN’S TIME WITH MS. DEB

Nursery aged children may leave for nursery care.

PRAYER PREPARATION

Seek Ye First / # 405 UMC Hymnal

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

 HYMN          Jesus Calls Us / # 398 UMC Hymnal

READING FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew 4: 12-23 / NT page 3

Pastor:  This is the Word of God for the

                         people of God

                      People:  Thanks be to God.

MEDITATION

“Will You Come With Me?” / Deb Young

We Gather at Christ's Table

OFFERTORY

Come to Me / Choir

DOXOLOGY                              # 94 UMC HYMNAL

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!  Praise Jesus Christ, whose

power up-lifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

BLESSING THE OFFERING (Unison)

Bless these gifts, O Lord, and bless the intentions in the hearts of those who give them.  We pray that through them others would hear the good news and find light amidst the darkness.  In the name of Jesus, we offer them to you.  Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

 HYMN                  I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

                           # 2129 The Faith We Sing Hymnal

(Please form a circle around the sanctuary to

receive the Benediction and to sing to each other).

† BENEDICTION

Jesus calls us to come follow him.  And to invite others into this life-changing

relationship. May you be alert to those who need some good new in their life, and may you have the courage to share in ways that are right for you. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit be with you.  Amen.

 Let There Be Peace on Earth  / # 431 UMC Hymnal

POSTLUDE                                                 Heidi Prior

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