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Lower United Methodist Church
December 26th, 2021
First Sunday after Christmas Day

 
Pastor Yosub invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church
this morning at 10:30.
Greeting and Welcome
Let us take a moment to prepare our minds and hearts to worship God.
Centering Words (1 Sam 2, Ps 148, Col 3, Luke 2)
Christmas comes, Christmas goes . . .but God’s love is everlasting. Babies are born, babies grow up ... but God’s love is everlasting. The God who made the entire world is with us here and now, and forever and ever. Alleluia!
Call to Worship (Ps 148, Col 3, Luke 2)

God’s love has come to earth to dwell with us.
Sing for joy with the angels.
We are God’s chosen people, loved and cherished.
Sing for joy with the angels.
The birth of Love has changed us forever.
Sing for joy with the angels.
Let us sing, praise, rejoice, and worship together!
 
Opening Prayer (1 Sam 2, Col 3, Luke 2)

God of the Incarnation, even as we celebrate
the Love that was born at Christmas,
we know that your love continues to grow
far beyond Christmas Day.
Even as parents watch tenderly and proudly
as their children grow into adulthood,
you hold us in your compassionate embrace
throughout our lives.
Guide us into mature faith, O God,
that we might be like Jesus in our love,
in our humility and wisdom,
and in every word and deed.
Shape us, inspire us, challenge us,
and bless us with the music to sing your praises.
Amen.

Hymn
 
Joy and Concerns
 
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
 
Scripture Reading (I): Psalm 148

 
Prayer of Confession (1 Sam 2, Ps 148, Col 3, Luke 2)

God, you are the Parent of all creation.
You know what it is to love your children passionately.
And you know how it feels
when your children turn away.
We, your children, love you passionately,
but we have also turned away.
Sometimes we act like spoiled brats.
Sometimes we turn our back on you.
Sometimes we pretend we don’t need a parent anymore.
God, forgive us.
Feed us with the bread of heaven.
Teach us with your wisdom.
Tell us your stories.
Dress us once more in the clothing of your love,
that we may sing your praises in perfect harmony.
Alleluia!
 
Words of Assurance (Col 3)
You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved!
God has already forgiven you.
You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved!
God has already forgiven you.
Thanks be to God!
Alleluia!
 
HYMN
 
Offering Prayer (Col 3)

God of miracles, when Jesus was born,
angels, shepherds, sages, and even animals
rejoiced and gave thanks.
Today, we delight in our chance
to join the Christmas party of gratitude.
Thank you for naming us your beloved children.
We offer you our hearts, our deeds, and our entire lives
in thanksgiving for the gift of Christ Jesus,
in whose name we pray. Amen.
 
Doxology (UMH# 95)
 
Scripture Reading (II): Luke 2:41-52
 
Anthem
 
Sermon
 
Response Prayer
 
Affirmation of Faith (UMH 883)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church: to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.
 
HYMN
 
Benediction
You are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.
So clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness, patience, and love.
You have been called into the one body,
where the peace of Christ is the ruler.
So be thankful, and join the song of the angels.
 
You live in the richness of Christ’s word
with wisdom and music all around.
So teach others the Way of Christ.
And whatever you do,
in word,

or in deed,
do everything,
everything,
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Go in Christ’s peace to serve God and your neighbor.
Amen.


 
WE HONOR AND REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES
THIS BLESSED CHRISTMAS

  
 POINSETTIAS 2021

 
In Honor Of:                                  Given by:
 
Our Loved Ones                               Murray Family
 Donna & Bill Will                              Debbie Corber
 My Loved Ones                               Ceil Rector
 Grandsons, Family and Friends      The Revere Family
 Lower UMC                                     The Revere Family
 Frances Johnston      Her children, Grandchildren &  Great-Gandchildren
Vicki Hogge                                      With love, the Choir
 Pastor Yosub & Minjung         With love and gratitude  from your Lower Church family
 Benjamin Garner                    With love and gratitude from your Lower Church family
                               
In Memory of:                              Given by:
 
Penka & Hugh Coloff                 Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 Melvin & Helen Nelson             Stan & Chyrel Coloff
 My Beloved Nancy Johnson     David Johnson
 My Family                                 Ceil Rector
 Charlie & Chuck Revere           The Revere Family
 Our Loved Ones                       The Revere Family
 Cliff Tinsley                               Pat Tinsley
 Earl & Gina Soles                     Kevin & Gina Walsh
 Mom & Dad, Eunice & 
 Dolphis Porter and my              Elizabeth Johnson
 Brother, Jerry Porter
 Temple Davis, Ann Davis,          Greg & Terry Rogers
Jaren Davis
Our Captain, Floyd Gene Ward    Helen and the children
Ray Hull                                       Given with love, the Choir
Dangey                                        Sophie, Macon, & Piper
Our Dad, Herbert Johnston          Michael & Helen
My parents, Marvin & Bessie Revere    Arlene Smith
My husband, Garland                   Arlene Smith
My daughter, Kathy                      Arlene Smith
Please pray for:
Aaron & Christian Wilke
Amber, their daughter
Betsy Guthrie & family
Betty Miller
Carolyn Cox
Ed Ruark
Family of Chuck Bennett
Family of Walter Palmer
Frankie Bristow
Gail Keefe
Helen Elizabeth Ward
Ileana Rosas
Kyle Murphy
Mercedes Boone
Mindy Miller
Paul Pearce
People of Kentucky hit by tornadoes
Roberta
Ron Sheffield
Shawn Powell
Steve & Rebecca
Traveling mercies over the holidays
Vicki Hogge
 

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!
Last week Attendance:   
           85               
Offering:     $18,905.00
 E-giving     $  1,640.00
 Total          $20,545.00
 
Needed for weekly goal:
                   $4,135.00
 
Our offerings to date:
                 $213,630.46
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
                 $210,885.00
 
The deadline to make your 2021 charitable tax donation is December 31st.
 
If you are interested in making a stock donation to LUMC for 2021, complete the Gifts of Publicly Traded Stock Form from the below link:
http://vaumfoundation.org/resources/forms

The VAUMC Foundation provides this brokerage service free of charge, by accepting the stock, liquidating it upon receipt, and issuing a check to Lower United Methodist Church.

Please contact our Treasurer, Tom Noffsinger if you have any questions. 
twnoffsinger@gmail.com, 804-815-1423.
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This week's in-person service video will be available
on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
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Hartfield, VA 23071-0098

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