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Lower United Methodist Church
January 9th, 2022
Baptism of our Lord 

Pastor Yosub invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church
this morning at 10:30.
Welcome and Greeting

Centering Words (Luke 3)
The Spirit dances in the water, waiting in baptism to join us in the fire of God’s love. Come to the waters. Come to the Spirit. Come to the journey of a lifetime—a journey through death to life everlasting. 

Call to Worship (Psalm 29, Isaiah 43) 
Sing praises to the Lord. Sing of God’s glory and strength. 
God calls us over the waters, and strengthens us for the journey. 
Sing praises to Christ. Sing of Christ’s healing and love. 
The waters of our baptism cleanse us, renewing our spirits and nursing our wounds. 
Sing praises to the Spirit. Sing of the Spirit’s comfort and hope. 
The flames of the Spirit are like a refiner’s fire, purifying the soul to the glory of God. 

Opening Prayer (Psalm 8, Matthew 25) 

Source of love and mercy, as we enter a new year in the life of this church, may our love for you be made known in our love for one another. Help us leave old grievances and former argument behind, as we open our hearts to the possibilities that lie before us. Guide our footsteps into the glory of your ways, that we may live as you created us to be— beloved children, crowned with glory and honor. May our worship reflect the greatness of our calling, and the honor of our heritage. Amen. 
HYMN – UMH#89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
1 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
praising thee their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive our fear and doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

2 All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
blooming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

3 Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blessed,
wellspring of the joy of living,
ocean-depth of happy rest!
Known in Jesus Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine.
Teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began.
Love divine is reigning o’er us,
leading us with mercy’s hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife.
Joyful music lifts us sunward
in the triumph song of life.
Joy and Concern
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading (I): Isaiah 43:1-7
But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
    Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
    whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”



Prayer of Yearning (Luke 3, Acts 8) 

Divine Spirit, descend upon us this day, as you descended upon Jesus on the day of his baptism. In the midst of our brokenness, we long to touch the healing of your Spirit, as you touch us with your love. In the presence of evil all around us, we yearn to be protected by the holy fire of your sustaining Spirit. As we remember, with gratitude, our baptism this day, remind us that we are a people of the water— a people made one and whole, through the Spirit made known in Christ Jesus. Amen. 

Words of Assurance (Isaiah 43) 

Do not worry, sisters and brothers, for God has redeemed you and called you by name. Do not worry, children of the promise, for God is with us even now, gathering the lost into the light of everlasting love and faithfulness. 
HYMN – TFWS#2071 Jesus, Name Above All Names
Jesus, name above all names, beautiful Savior, glorious Lord. 
Emmanuel, God is with us, blessed redeemer, living Word.

Offering Prayer (Psalm 29, Luke 3) 

Mighty One, your voice is powerful, shaking the wilderness and stripping the forests bare. Speak words of blessing upon our offering this day, that nothing may hinder the good our gifts may do in your name. Give strength to your people, through the gifts we bring before you, that all may know the glory of your Spirit, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen. 
Doxology (UMH #95)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Scripture Reading (II): Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Response Prayer
Affirmation of Faith (885)
Pastor: Where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is the one true church, apostolic and universal,
whose holy faith let us now declare:
People: We believe in God the Father,
infinite in wisdom, power, and love,
whose mercy is over all his works,
and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of man,
the gift of the father’s unfailing grace,
the ground of our hope,
and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.
We believe in the holy spirit
as the divine presence in our lives,
whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance
of the truth of Christ,
and find strength and help in time of need.
We believe that this faith should manifest itself
in the service of love
as set forth in the example of our blessed lord,
to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen.
Hymn – TFWS#2218 You Are Mine

1. I will come to you in silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.
2. I am hope for all who are hopeless,
I am eyes for all who long to see.
in the shadows of the night,
I will be your light,
Come and rest in me.
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.
3. I am strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
all the blind will see, the lame will all run free,
and all will know my name.
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.
4. I am the Word that leads to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name, embracing all your pain,
stand up, now walk, and live!
Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

Benediction (Isaiah 43) 
Go forth and proclaim the good news: God calls us by name and fashions us for glory. 
We go as people washed clean in the waters of our baptism, 
Go forth and live the good news: the Holy Spirit blesses us and seals us in God’s love. 
We go as people blessed by God, that we might be a blessing to others.
Please pray for:
Gail Keefe
Ron Sheffield
Mercedes Boone
Ileana Rosas
Vicki Hogge
Paul Pearce
Doug Cosby & Paul Readon
Jan Hofferkamp
Charlie Spencer
Thomas Taylor
Ina & Mason
Ebbie Ruark
Robin Atwood's nephew Colin
Thomas Thornton
Melody at Hartfield PO
Billie Wood
Buzz Lambert
Ron & Jeanie Kaufman

The United Methodist church is dealing with death and devastation caused by the tornadoes that clobbered Kentucky, Tennessee and other states overnight on Dec. 10.

If you would like to contribute to disaster relief to help, please make your check payable to LUMC and write on the Memo line, UMCOR #901670.

You can mail it to the church or put in the offering plate over the next few weeks.

Your generosity is appreciated!

We are challenging you to read the bible every day in the new year. The bishop has offered a schedule to follow which is available at

A copy of each month's reading schedule will be included in the newsletter or can be picked up at the church.
Pastor Yosub challenges you to participate!
Last week Attendance: 
Offering:     $2,410.00
 E-giving     $     ---
 Total          $2,410.00
Needed for weekly goal:
Our offerings to date:

Our 2022 YTD Goal:
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