December 30th Service

December 30, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday After Christmas
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Go Tell it on the Mountain” UMH #251

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: We who have knelt in the stable,
All: Let us come and kneel in the temple!
One: Let our hearts give thanks and our hands rejoice!
All: Let our spirits sing and our bodies dance!
One: O children, enter the house of the Lord!
All: Enter God’s presence and be reborn!

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Love Came Down at Christmas” UMH #242

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time/Shalom Offering – After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn Carol Suggestion from the Congregation

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Psalm 148 Page #508
*Gospel Reading Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Page #784

Message Pastor Gary
“Jesus and His Family Became Refugees”

Prayer

*Hymn Carol Suggestion from the Congregation

Benediction

Calendar and Stuff
Sunday, December 30, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, January 6, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alisa Ross
Liturgist Charlie Pease
Nursery Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

December 23rd Service

December 23, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” (2 x) UMH #204

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: God has done great things for us!
All: God’s love is heralded in the promise of Christ.
One: Holy is God’s name!
All: God’s promises are fulfilled in the coming of Christ.
One: God’s mercy extends from generation to generation.
All: God’s salvation is offered in the gift of Christ.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High” UMH #238

Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle – Love

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – After prayers, sing the Children out –
“Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” UMH #234

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Page #555
New Testament Readings Galatians 4:1-7 Page #947
Philippians 2:1-11 Page #954

Message Pastor Gary
“Ways We Know Him: Son of God and Lord”

Prayer

*Hymn “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” UMH #218

Benediction

Calendar and Stuff
Sunday, December 23, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Monday, December 24, 2018
6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 30, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alisa Ross
Liturgist Mark Gaultney
Nursery Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

December 9th Service

December 9, 2018 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Second Sunday in Advent
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” UMH #230

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: Look to the east.
All: Light is dawning this day.
One: Look to the west.
All: Prepare for the journey ahead.
One: Look to the north.
All: God is guiding our steps.
One: Look to the south.
All: God is shining the warmth of love in our lives.
One: Look to the heavens.
All: Christ is coming soon.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “What Child is This” UMH #219

Lighting of Second Advent Candle – Peace

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – After prayers, sing the Children out –
“Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High” UMH #238

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Daniel 6:13-14 Page #723
*Gospel Reading Matthew 16:13-28 Page #798

Message Pastor Gary
“Ways We Know Him: Son of Man and Lord”

Prayer

*Hymn “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” UMH #385

Benediction

Calendar and Stuff
Sunday, December 9, 2018
9:30 am – Advent Study
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
2:30 pm – Caroling at Nursing Home

Sunday, December 16, 2018
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship – Children’s Christmas Program

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Alisa Ross
Liturgist Art Grumm
Nursery Edith Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

December 2nd Service

December 2, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday in Advent
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” UMH #204

Prelude

*Processional
In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: People of faith, prepare for the coming reign of Christ!
All: As we gather to pray and sing and listen, a spirit of anticipation and hope fills us.
One: The days are surely coming, says Our God, when justice and righteousness will prevail.
All: May our worship illuminate our hearts and minds freeing us to respond joyfully to God’s call in the days to come.

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer
*Hymn “People, Look East” UMH #202

Lighting of First Advent Candle – Hope

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – After prayers, sing the Children out –
“Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Hail to The Lord’s Anointed” UMH #203

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 7:10-14 Page #554
*Gospel Reading Matthew 1:18-23 Page #783

Message “Ways We Know Him: Emmanuel” Pastor Gary

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving

Prayer

*Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” UMH #211

Benediction

Calendar and Stuff
Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Communion
9:30 am – Advent Study Begins
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, December 9, 2018
9:30 am – Advent Study
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship
2:30 pm – Caroling at Nursing Home

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist Julie Howell
Liturgist Charlie Pease
Nursery Doris Graham
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

By Pastor Gary Peterson

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered” (Luke 1:1). I hear those words, and I am instantly transported to Christmas Eve at our church, the warmth of worshipers as we gather together, and the lights are turned down low for our Candlelight service. The music is mellow and comforting and familiar notes of, “What Child Is This” drift from our sanctuary. We sit in our pews and all our worship focuses around the proclamation: “Jesus Christ is born today.”

Christmas is about a small child in a manger. We sing Christmas carols during Advent and our weekly readings as we light the Advent Candles that connect us to the Advent themes of hope, joy, love and peace. As we go through the Advent season we are to, “prepare” for Christmas when we celebrate the birth of our Savior as Christians have done for over 2000 years. Advent is to help us prepare for the story of an angel coming to Mary, for Jesus family to journey to Bethlehem, the search for an inn, the shepherds on the hillside who would witness the birth of the Savior Child and the angelic choir singing “Hosanna in the highest”.

At times it can be difficult for us to focus in on the fact that it is about a baby. For we get caught up in the commercial part of Christmas, Santa Claus and the busyness of the season and our heart finds it difficult to focus on this small child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

The purpose of Advent is to help us begin to focus and prepare for the true meaning of Christmas. We begin four weeks before Christmas during our worship time by lighting candles of the Advent wreath and allowing the liturgy as we light those candles to warm and prepare our hearts for the Savior’s birth. To move us even closer our young people are now preparing a holiday pageant for us on Sunday December 16th that will bring us prepared for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and helping us recognize the reason for the season.

The reason for Advent is for us to bring ourselves close to our Savior and to connect God’s people back to God’s story given to us from generation to generation and across the ages. It is taking the traditional Christmas stories that many people know and love and weaving them into a big picture of God’s salvation plan. It is my goal during this Advent season that we would come to feel the themes of hope, love, joy, peace, light, and eternal life as we share the good news of a miracle birth. We have opportunities during our Advent worship services, educational opportunities in Sunday school, caroling at the senior home, Blue Christmas and our candlelight service on Christmas Eve to bring us to the blessing of Luke 2:15 – 14, “Suddenly a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth, good will toward all people.”

My prayer for you is that Advent will be for you a journey that takes you to Bethlehem and the celebration of God’s greatest gift given for you and for me in the birth of his son Jesus the Christ.

Announcements and Stuff

Blue Christmas Service
The Christmas season and Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one or the first Christmas after a significant change in a person’s life. The constant refrain on radio and television, and shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or never had. The anguish of broken relationships, insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation, all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebration going on around us. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

For these reasons the Claybanks United Methodist Church is offering a special “Blue Christmas” service on Thursday night December 20th at 6:00 pm. This “Longest Night” service is meant to help us through the long dark nights of our soul and the winter of our discontent when memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming to us. We invite all to come and meditate on pain and anguish that we bring, to offer our pain to the Christ child in the prayer that we will find hope and comfort in knowing that we are not alone.

Charge Conference
The Charge Conference for Claybanks UMC will be at CUMC on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 pm. (SPRC will be meeting with the D.S. at 6:15) The meeting will be held with the new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford to discuss the business of our church. There is much work to do and we need input on decisions that will be made during this important meeting. The more voices we can have in attendance the better the church will be represented as a whole. Please try to do everything possible to attend and be a part of the business aspect of our church and to welcome our new D.S.

Nursery Schedule
12/2 – Doris Graham
12/9 – Edith Bogart
12/16 – Carol Adams
12/23 – Liz Grossman
12/30 – Kathy Ohman

Christmas Caroling
Get your singing voices warmed up, the Christmas Spirit in your heart, and your smile on. It’s time once again to take some Christmas Joy to the residents and staff of Heartland Manor in Whitehall. We will have a good old-fashioned caroling party complete with music books, a piano player, punch and cookies. We’ll be meeting at the Manor at 2:20 with the kickoff around 2:30. Please set the date aside and come help to let the residents know they’re not forgotten in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you know of someone at the Manor that would benefit from joining us, please try to encourage them to come to the dining room and join the fun.

Christmas Eve Service
We will be gathering together for a meaningful candlelight worship service, music and fellowship on Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm in remembrance of that special night so long ago.

What’s Your Favorite Music?
Now that Megan has moved, the choosing of our hymns has fallen to the Worship Design Committee. We recognize the fact that a lot of people have had a hard time singing unfamiliar songs. So….with that in mind, we would like to ask you to make a list of your favorite hymns, so we can incorporate them into our Sunday services. Starting in January we will choose at least one hymn per week from the list and dedicate it to the person who requested it. This is not to say that we will never have a new song, but hopefully we’ll know more of them than in the past. Be sure to put your name on your list and turn it in to Pastor Gary or Konnie.

Christ
grew in Mary until
He had to come out.

Christ
will grow in you until
the same occurs.

He will come out in your speech,
in your actions, in your decisions.

Every place you live will be a
Bethlehem, and every day you
live will be a Christmas.

You, like Mary, will deliver
Christ into the world.

-Max Lucado

Our Next Big Mission Project
Claybanks Mission Committee would like to host Dr. Dick Kamps, Founder and President of the Board of Directors of Step Up in Muskegon, to come and speak about this very important endeavor of helping young adults achieve stability and empowerment in their lives through the group home created to assist women that have aged out of the foster care system in Muskegon County. We will welcome him in February 2019, but in the meantime, they are currently working on a house for young men in need, and following is some information to become familiar with the program and the current needs they are experiencing. Thank you for your time and consideration to support this awesome organization inspired by God, as they continue to build spiritual growth in our young people in Muskegon County. The following is taken from the Step Up Newsletter available to you on the back table in the Fellowship Hall.

“Hey my name is ____ and I’m thinking I might need some assistance. I’m 20 years old I aged out of the system has been homeless a bunch, couch hop. I just wanna get my life back in order. I’m embarrassed and ashamed. If yalls have a phone can you call me plz.”

Step Up
OUR VISION: The vision of Step Up is to equip and empower young adults in Muskegon County to be financially independent, to aspire to further their education, and to find fulfillment in their work as they develop healthy relationships with others and pursue a relationship with God.

OUR MISSION: The mission of Step Up is to provide Christ-centered mentoring, housing, educational guidance, life skills training, and a community with accountability for Muskegon County young adults ages 18-24, primarily for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

OUR CORE VALUES: With wisdom requested from and given by God, we commit to the core values of compassion, integrity, and empowerment. These values are expressed in our relationships with each other and the community we serve.

We invite you to participate in the lives of these young people

A question often asked is, “What do you need?” There are many answers to that question. Most importantly, we board members, mentors, program coordinator and house managers need the wisdom that only God can give. Wisdom of how o best love and guide these young lives. Wisdom for how to best use the donations entrusted to us. Wisdom of how to deal with challenges that await us. In short, we ask for your prayers.

With that as our foundation, here is a list of things needed for the men’s house:

Financial support
Adopt a bedroom: single bed, dresser and bedding
Microwave – above stove
Dishwasher
Electric stove
2 bathroom vanities: 30-35 inches wide
Shower doors

Window blinds
Area rug for living room: 10-12 X 8-12
One wardrobe for a bedroom
Snowblower
Linens for kitchen and bathrooms
Television for living room
Security cameras
Computer, modem, router and printer

As Christmas approaches, the young women would love to receive gift cards to local grocery and clothing stores. They also would love gift cards to the Cinema Carousel.

Please contact Dick Kamps at 231-557-9411 or dlkamps@comcast.net if you are able to participate in any way.
Tax deductible donations for Step Up can be mailed to:

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
425 West Western Avenue, Suite 200
Muskegon, MI 49440
Please write Step Up Fund on the memo line of your check.

Our mailing address is:info@stepupmuskegon.org
Facebook: facebook.com/stepupmuskegon
P.O. Box 1626, Muskegon, MI 49443-1626
Our email address is:
info@stepupmuskegon.org
Facebook: facebook.com/stepupmuskegon

 

Upcoming Worship Schedule

12/2 – Isaiah 7:10-14 / Matthew 1:18-23
“Ways We Know Him: Emmanuel”

12/9 – Daniel 7:13-14 / Matthew 16:13-28
“Ways We Know Him:  Son of Man and Lord”

12/16 – Isaiah 12:2-6 / Philippians 2:1-11
Children’s Christmas Program

12/20 – Luke 2:1-7
“Bethlehem, Where There Was No Room for Them  in the Inn”
Blue Christmas Service

12/23 – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 / Galatians 4:1-7
“Ways We Know Him:  Son of God”

12/24
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service