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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Gathering Hymn                                      TFWS #2139

             Oh, I Know the Lord’s Laid His Hands on Me

Prelude

(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God

and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)

*Call to Worship            

Leader:   We worship the God who inhabits our world and indwells our lives. We need not look up to find God. We need only look around:

People:  within ourselves, beyond ourselves, into the eyes of another.

Leader:  We need not listen for a distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the questions of the curious, the rhythm of a heartbeat.

People:  We worship the God who inhabits our world and who indwells our lives. 

                    

*Opening Hymn             “This Is My Song”             UMH #437

 WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER

Morning Prayer

 

A Covenant Prayer of Recommitment to Justice

Leader:   O God, who has created your children to be free, we attest in word and deed that you are our God and we are your people.  From our earliest days as the people whom you intend to be free, O God, you have called us forth from self-seeking bondage, comfort, complacency, and complaint, to freeing and redeeming action for justice everywhere in the world.

People:  You are our freeing God, and we would be your free and freeing people.

 Leader:  O God of Exodus and the Burning Bush, of the Prophets and of Jesus, we hear your powerful calling to be your servants in the service of all those who are oppressed.  At every turn we hear your voice in the cries of the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the broken, for you made yourself one with those who seek justice, freedom, and peace.  We share a vision, a promise, and a yearning for the day of your reign, O God.

People:  You are our servant God, and we would be your serving people.

Leader:   O God, Our Sustainer, search our hearts and reveal to us our sinfulness, all the ways that we contribute to injustice and to self-destroying bondage.  Give us deep courage to find the true path of your way, ready to give our very selves as living sacrifices for your will.  We have heard your calling.  Hear us now as we make our pledge. 

              (All rise, if able).

People: You are our God and we are your people.  We pledge ourselves now to pursue relentlessly that living, breathing justice which transforms persons and peoples.  To your will for justice we recommit ourselves and pledge ourselves, our funds, our actions.  Through Christ we pray.  Amen.

 

*Hymn                “Lift Every Voice and Sing”               UMH #519

 

 

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS

 

Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 

Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                           “Doxology”                             UMH #95

 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

Children’s Time                                                           

 

Special Music and Testimonies

                                                    

Old Testament Lesson       Jeremiah 31:31 –34          page 721

 

Gospel Lesson                   John 15:1-17                         page 983

 

Sermon                 A New Covenant                     Pastor Mary

 

Sacrament of Holy Communion

 

The Great Thanksgiving for Baptism of the Lord

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader:  Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Leader:  It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, almighty God), creator of heaven and earth…
…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People: 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.

Leader:  Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ,
in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation.

  In his baptism and in table fellowship he took his place with sinners. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people…

…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.

People: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Leader:  Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.

People: Amen.

 

 Wesley’s Covenant Prayer  

 

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Your will, not mine, be done in all things,
wherever you may place me, in all that I do
and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me and when there is none;
when I am troubled and when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued
and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfilment and when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.
Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. May it be so forever.
Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven.
Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn            The Summons                TFWS #2130

 

*Benediction

 

 

 

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.


Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

 

 

Helpless and hungry, lowly, afraid
Wrapped in the chill of midwinter;
Comes now among us, born into poverty’s embrace, 
new life for the world
Who is this who lives with the lowly, 
Sharing their sorrows, knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world 
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor

Who is the stranger here in our midst, 
Looking for shelter among us?
Who is the outcast? Who do we see amid the poor, 
the children of God?

Who is this who lives with the lowly, 
Sharing their sorrows, knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world 
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor

Bring all the thirst, all who seek peace;
Bring those with nothing to offer.
Strengthen the feeble,
Say to the frightened heart: “Fear not: here is your God!”

Who is this who lives with the lowly, 

Sharing their sorrows, knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world 
In the eyes of a child, a child of the poor.

 

Announcements:

Sunday, January 14

9:30 a.m.           Worship

11:00 a.m.         Adult Sunday School

Monday, January 15     Last Day for Soup Orders and money

Tuesday, January 16

6:30- 8 p.m.      Christian Believer at Henderson

5:30-7:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts at San Juan

Thursday, January 18    Chop vegetables for Soup Sale at First UMC

Friday, January 19

9 a.m.               Pick up food at Second Harvest

                        Cook and package soups at First UMC

Saturday, January 20

10 a.m.             Ad Council

                        Pick Up and deliver soup orders

Sunday, January 21

9:30 a.m.           Worship

11:00 a.m.         Adult Sunday School

Tuesday, January 23

6:30- 8 p.m.      Christian Believer at Glenwood

5:30-7:30 p.m.   Girl Scouts at San Juan

Wednesday, January 24

9:00 a.m.           Pick up perishables at Second Harvest

1-3 p.m.            Food distribution

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