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Lower United Methodist Church

January 3rd, 2021
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!
For in-person worship, find us inside the church this morning at 10:30.
Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/7ZQKPQtC4T0
or
Download from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/496489981/55c17d50a0

Greeting and Welcome
Prelude- 
He is Born (Il Est Ne)

Centering Words
The light of Christ is shining… shining for all to see.
The light of Christmas is glowing… glowing in our hearts.
The light of God is guiding us… guiding us forward with confidence and love!
 
Call to Worship
A star shines brightly for all to see.
Shine in our world, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to guide our journey.
Shine in our lives, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to bring us together.
Shine in our worship, Christ Jesus.
A star shines brightly to give us peace.
Shine in our church, Christ Jesus.
 
Opening Prayer
Light of the world, shine upon us as we worship you.
Draw us closer to you that we might see your radiant presence.
Guide us with your light, that we might walk in your ways. Shine in and through us, that we might share your radiant love everywhere we go. Amen.
 
Hymn
The First Noel                               UMH 245

Joys and Concerns – Lord’s Prayer

Scripture reading
Matthew 2:1-3, 7-11
               
Hymn
I want to walk as a child of the light   UMH 206
 
Prayer of Yearning
Lord, we are surrounded by the darkness of this world. We stumble around, we get anxious and overwhelmed. Shine your light of peace and joy into the dark places of our world. Turn our wanderings into a journey of purpose guided by your star. Let the light break into our lives, and transform us into people of the light. Amen.
 
Words of Assurance
Arise and shine, for your light has come!
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God!
 
Text
Isaiah 60: 1-3

Sermon
“The star is still shining!”    Rev. Ileana Rosario

Hymn
Shine, Jesus, Shine     TFWS 2173
 
Benediction
Arise and go forth to shine in the world.
Arise and go forth to follow the star.
Arise and go forth transformed by the light.


Postlude - One Heart, One Spirit

Please remember those on our Prayer List in your prayers:

Family of Karen Parker
Family of Lee Rosser
Raymond Benson
Family of Joe Nelson
Dalton Brownley's Grandson Randy
Tanya in Tennessee
Lee Holloway
Joe Buscher
David Taylor
Scottie Evans
Wayne Evans
Curt Saunders' Brother
Tom Hollingsworth
Evelyn Beverley
Family of Walter Allen Harrow



 
To be eligible as a 2020 tax deduction, please get your donation checks for 2020 to the church office by 10AM January 4th.

Thank you for your generosity in helping us continue to be a place of worship and blessing for the community with our many programs, missions, worship services and outreach. 



Consider scheduling recurring electronic contributions today.
To sign up, see our website: www.lowerumc.org


 
Last week's offering:
$2,625.00
Needed for weekly budget:
$4,130.00


Our offerings to date:
$191,756.64
2020 Budget:
$214,754.00


 
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