Matthew 2 – 1/8/2023

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Call to Worship
L: O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name.
All: Let us make known God’s deeds among the people
L: Sing to him, sing praises to him.
All: Let us come into God’s presence with singing.
L: Glory in his holy name
All: Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
L: Seek the Lord and his strength.
All: We seek his presence continually.
L: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
All: For the Lord is good, his steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations.

Song – The First Noel – UMH 245
The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in field where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel
They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far;
and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night.
And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the tar wherever it sent.
This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem it took its rest;
and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay.
Then entered in those Wise Me three, full reverently upon the knee,
and offered there, in his presence, their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Our Offering – Service, prayers, witness, time and resources
Anthem – We Three Kings – Choir
Doxology – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – UMH 95
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above the heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

Offering Prayer

(All) Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, you brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations; through him who is the true light and the bright and morning star, even Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Matthew 2:1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the east and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him, and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ”   Then Herod secretly called for the magi and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.   Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out, and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen in the east, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
L: For the Word of God in scripture; for the Word of God within us and for the Word of God among us we say:
All: Thanks be to God.

Message – Pastor Gayle

Pastoral Prayer

Prayer of Confession – UMH 8
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
P: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
All: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen

Passing the Peace

The Great Thanksgiving – UMH 9
P: The Lord be with you
All: And also with you
P: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
P: And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

The Lord’s Prayer – UMH 895
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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen,

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Song – All Who Hunger – TFWS 2126
Sylvia Dunstan and William Moore
All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.
All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast.
We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.
All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread.
Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led.
Blest are those who from this table live their lives in gratitude.

Prayer of Thanksgiving – UMH 11


Song – This Little Light of Mine – UMH 585
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine;
this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine. Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine.
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


Welcome Table today following worship. Meal and take down Christmas decorations.
February 25th Discovering the Possibilities workshop 8:30am-3pm.

The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study:

Sundays following worship. The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.

Growing in Grace through fellowship and more:
Welcome Table every Second Sunday 11:30 am. Come and share a meal and conversation.
Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch. January 20th.

Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer:
Prayer group meets Mondays at 5:30pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.

Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry: Canned vegetables 15 oz size, low sodium canned vegetables, snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, laundry detergent, dish detergent, cleaning supplies in general, toiletries and personal hygiene items, size 4T pull-ups, size 6 diapers, dog food.
Clothing for Featherstone School: small and medium size sweatpants in blue, gray or black.

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Please keep in prayer: Charles Crist, Kyle Keen and family, Kaye, Charline, Marion Gherke, Valerie Hoyt, Mike Petitt, Millie, Mary Baker, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, John Kelly, Louise and Mark Young, Jane Foster, Claire Such-Hutton, Marian Ivy, Ellen and Carlos Kuvaszko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry of Cokesbury. Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents.

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Welcome Table today following worship. Meal and take down Christmas decorations.
February 25th Discovering the Possibilities workshop 8:30am-3pm.