November 28th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 28, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First Sunday of Advent
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”…….UMH 213

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, 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
Leader: The days are shorter and darkness comes early to our lives.
All: Lord, hear our prayers through the darkness.
Leader: Come, seek the Lord. Place your hope in God’s mercy and love.
All: Lord, we seek your presence among us.
Leader: Look closely! God is making us ready.
All: Brighten our Spirits this day, and help us to receive your Good
News. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri……………….…………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn
Of the Father’s Love Begotten”……………..UMH 184

First Candle Lighting of Advent

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

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

Shalom Sunday Offering

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology………………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”……….UMH 196

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 11:1-3….………Page 558
Gospel Readin

Matthew 3:2-6….……….…Page 784

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“Preparing The Way For God”

Prayer

*Hymn
”There’s a Spirit in the Air”…………UMH 192

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Pastor’s Ponderings

Back in late March 2020, as a Covid 19 pandemic began to affect our community and our nation, I was asked to participate in an ongoing survey which was to be taken a multitude of times during the pandemic and continues even to this day. A number of objectives for the survey have been completed. Covid 19 is affecting churches within the United States. I would like to share with you some of the recent results from this ongoing survey and make just a general comment based on the current information as to how Claybanks United Methodist Church is being affected as compared in general terms with churches in the United States.

The survey includes pastors and congregations from over 2000 churches in 38 Christian denominations. Some key findings from this study include:

Congregational life is far from “back to normal” but recent information that has been gathered offers a few glimpses of hope and signs of resilience.

The pandemic has had a profound impact across the religious spectrum and many churches are on a path of healing while some churches are faring better than others.

80% of churches are now offering hybrid services with both in- person and remote options, while only 15% are solely worshiping in person.

During the height of the pandemic when people around the country were experiencing a severe isolation, over half of the churches surveyed reported completely discontinuing fellowship events, rather than moving them online.

83% of the churches had more than one member test positive for Covid 19.

Over two thirds of the churches feel they will emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.

Community service activities remain a thriving ministry for most churches and continued to be offered in person as we emerge from the heights of the pandemic.

Over 30% of the congregation saw the need for food assistance, counseling and spiritual demands grow over the course of the pandemic.

The majority of clergy, 62%, encouraged parishioners to get vaccinated and 28% of congregations welcome medical personnel to address their membership.

A decline of giving has continued since the inception of the Covid 19 pandemic with congregations reporting a giving decline on the average of 30 to 40% over the long term.

For congregations who have returned to in-person worship, the number of attendees has dropped on the average of 28%.

Most church congregations, who experienced a reduction in giving, plan to reduce their operating budget for 2022 in accordance with the experience of giving in 2020-21.

For churches that have reopened and shuttered their doors and reopen repeatedly, it appears that more of these congregations have done so because of public health concerns rather than political orientation.

These are only a few of the findings from the survey at present and information will continue to be gathered during the next few years as we continue to change and adapt our church lives because of Covid 19. A majority of congregations recognize that in the future other major events may affect their present mission as churches, worshipers and their communities.

For Claybanks United Methodist Church, we have felt many of these changes with the determination and resolve to continue to be a warm and welcoming church family ready to assist God’s children with our love, presence, prayers, gifts, service and resources to bring Christ light to all.

My prayer as your pastor and friend is that as we end 2021 with Advent, and the celebration of Christmas and with hope together, that we enter 2022 ready and committed to bring Christ light to the world around us.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

UMW News

By the time this is being read, the UMW and hopefully other church attendees will have decorated the church for Christmas and enjoyed pizza together. This has always been a joyous time as we laugh, joke, and try to remember where to put everything! However, there is part of this nostalgia that reminds us we will not share our UMW fellowship until our March meeting. But, after the short, dark days of winter, we once again will gather to discuss Easter plans and our next Strawberry Social preparations!

Shalom, Edie


Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School will resume on Sunday, January 9th following our holiday break. We are looking for your suggestions for a book (s) of the Bible to study as we continue to grow spiritually. Please speak to Pastor Gary with your suggestions.


Winter Weather
Weather for the winter months can make travel at time dangerous while attempting to be present at worship and other church activities. Please use your best judgement for safety reasons. Should worship or other activities be cancelled, we will do our best to notify you by phone and email.


THANK YOU
Bob and I appreciate the kindness and concern our Church Family has shown towards Karen and us. Last Thursday, Karen was transferred from Bronson to a dementia facility in Fremont. Receiving a ”Thinking of You” or a Christmas card might brighten her day.

Poinsettias are used to beautify the altar of our church during the Christmas season. The cost is $10.00 each and orders and payment are due to Patsy Schneider by Sunday, December 12. Forms will be included as an insert with the Nov, 28 and Dec. 5 bulletins.

Our schedule will be:

Sunday December 19th
Christmas Craft and Coffee – A time to gather and make a simple Christmas Craft and enjoy each other’s fellowship during the Holiday Season.

Sunday January 9th – February 20th
We will return as a group to study a book from the New Testament. The book is yet to be determined. Please speak to Pastor Gary about a book that you would like to suggest for study.

Sunday March 6th – April 10th
Lenten Study

Upcoming Worship Schedule

December 5, 2021
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 3:1-6
The Fear Of Home
Advent Series

December 12, 2021
Advent Encounters
Advent Series

December 19, 2021
The World Methodist Social
Affirmation
Advent Encounters
Advent Series

December 24, 2021
Christmas Eve Candle Light
Service

December 26, 2021
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52
Living The Christmas Season

November 21st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 21, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Christ The King Sunday
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”…..UMH 154

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, 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
Leader: Jesus calls us to open our hearts to all in need.
All: We come this day to hear his words of encouragement for us.
Leader: Look around you. Smile at each other, for we all have needs of friendship and welcome.
All: With God’s great love in our hearts, we find our welcome in this place of worship. AMEN.

*Gloria Patri…………………….………UMH 70

*Statement of Faith –
The Nicene Creed………….UMH 880

*Hymn
Crown Him with Many Crowns”………..UMH 327

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

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

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology…………………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”There’s Something About That Name”…….UMH 171

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
2 Samuel 23:1-7….……Page 261
Epistle Reading

Revelation 1:4b-8 …………….. Page 994
Gospel Reading

John 18:33-37……….……Page 881

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“Why The Nicene And Other Creeds Are Important To Us”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Rejoice, the Lord Is King”…………UMH 716

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Lighting of Advent Candles – Readers are needed for the four Sundays in Advent and Christmas Eve.  Please see Pastor Gary for details. Sign-up Sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.

Nursery – Cheryl Gaultney

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Reba Peterson

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

November 14th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 14, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Majesty, Worship His Majesty”……..UMH 176

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, 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
Leader: Christ is waiting here for us.
All: To welcome us.
Leader: To show us the path of life.
All: To love us.
Leader: To hear our prayers.
All: To be present with us always.
Leader: Come and worship.
All: We are here to praise the Lord!

*Gloria Patri…………………….………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn

My Lord, What a Morning”……………..UMH 719

Prayers of the People
– Joys and Concerns

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

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”………..TFWS 2237

Sharing of the Word

Epistle Reading
Hebrews 10:11-25……..…….Page 976
Gospel Reading

Mark 13:1-8 ………………… Page 825

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“Only God Knows ”

Prayer

*Hymn
”Eternal Father, Strong to Save”……TFWS 2191

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Doris Graham

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Konnie Grant

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Lighting of Advent Candles – Readers are needed for the four Sundays in Advent and Christmas Eve.  Please see Pastor Gary for details. Sign-up Sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.

November 7th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 7, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
Morning Has Broken”………….UMH 145

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, 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
Leader: Come, take rest this day.
All: Lord, free us from the stresses we have endured these past weeks.
Leader: Come, put your minds at ease.
All: Lord, ease the burdens of our lives.
Leader: Come, for this is the house of the Lord. It is here that you will fine rest.
All: Praise and thanks be to God for giving us sanctuary. AMEN

*Gloria Patri……………………UMH 70

*Opening Prayer

*Hymn

Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands”…………..UMH 273

Prayers of the People
– Joys and Concerns

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

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………….….….UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn
”Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”…..UMH 344

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Psalm 127……..…….Page 499

Gospel Readin
Mark 12:38-44 ………………. Page 825

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
“Sounds That Coins Make”

Communion

Prayer

*Hymn
”Jesus Shall Reign”………………UMH 157

Benediction

Postlude – Please be seated

Nursery – Liz Grossman

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist,  – Art Grumm

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News