|Dec. 29th, 2019|
|Scripture Text||Matthew 2:13-23|
|Gist of Scripture|
|Special Sunday?||Baptism and New Member|
|Processional:||246 Joy to the World|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.
P: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
L: His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
ALL: He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Advent Candle Lighting||L: We join God in God’s loving dream for the world.|
P: We follow the angel’s instructions to journey where God will keep us safe from harm.
L: We light the candles of Christmas this morning!
P: All the candles–purple, pink, white–colors that complement and contrast light our way toward life together.
ALL: May we join the Holy Family as they journey from home to home this morning.
|Hymn||238 Angels We Have Heard on High [Refrain Only]|
|Reception of new member:|
|The Sacrament of Baptism:||Congregational Response: We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of this church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.|
|Prayer for Understanding||God in Flesh Appearing, we greet you this happy morning with dream-expectant eyes like Joseph long ago. In this time and space, appear in amazing and wondrous ways through the ancient words of your servants from long ago. Make them new within us so that we, too, may dream and be clear in the way you would have us travel. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Matthew 2:13-23|
Now after the Magi had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.” When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”
|Meditation:||“Dreaming of Home”|
|Hymn:||221 In the Bleak Midwinter|
|Prayers of the People||Yes|
|Offertory||“Mary, Did You Know”|
|Blessing of Gifts||Ever thankful for your Light, shine on these gifts with your love and employ their usefulness to our surrounding community through us! Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||250 Once in Royal David’s City|