Blue Christmas Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 17, 2017 5:00p.m.
*Indicates to stand if you are able

Blue Christmas Service

Gathering Words

*Hymn “Precious Lord Take My Hand” UMH #474

*Call to Worship
One: In the midst of festivities, shouts and bright lights,​we feel the darkness around us, the darkness of​​our souls.
All: ​Come, God of power and light, help us.
One: In the midst of gatherings we feel alone and ​alienated.
All: ​Come, God of Peace and Hope, hear our cries.
One: In the midst of celebration our hearts cry out.
All: ​Lord, hear us and come to us. Bring us peace. AMEN.

Scripture Reading John 1:1-14

Silence/Meditation

*Prayer

Lighting of Advent Candles

Words of Grace: From Isaiah 40, Psalm 103 and ​​​ Matthew 11

Message of Love

Gift of Music

Holy Communion

Candle Lighting

Hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Hymnal #349 2X

Blessing

Hymn “Silent Night” Hymnal #239 vs 1& 4

Friends,

We are glad to have you join us this evening. Please know that you are not alone, that others feel and share your pain. Know also that God is aware and grieving with you.

Christmas is a time to celebrate love, for that is what happened that first Christmas. Love came to earth in the form of a tiny baby. For those of us who grieve, we need to remember that it is love, not time, that heals all wounds. I pray that you find peace.

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

Organist Megan Schihl
Ministers All People As We Live The Good News

 

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December 17 Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 17, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Joy in the Morning” SUMH #2284

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: ​Love has come down to us this Advent Season.
All: ​Divine love which heals and transforms our lives.
One: With joy, we receive that love and share it with others.
All: ​We open our hearts to the last, the least, the lost and all of God’s children.
One: The Lord has done and continues to do great things for us.
All: ​Praise be to God who loves us so much and who challenges us to be people of joy in the world. AMEN.

Gloria Patri UMH #7

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Peace Like a River” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Lighting of The Third Advent ​​ Candle – Joy
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 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” UMH 89

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading ​Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 ​Page 603
*Gospel Reading Luke 2:1-16 ​Page 832

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS SERIES –
THE WONDER OF A MANAGER”

Prayer

*Hymn “Away in a Manger” UMH #217

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, December 17, 2017
​​ 9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship
​​5:00 pm – Blue Christmas Healing Service

Sunday, December 24, 2017​
​9:45am – Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship
​​6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Edie Bogart
Nursery Edie Bogart
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

December 10th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 10, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “The Summons” SUMH #2130

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: Long ago, a voice cried out in the wilderness.
All: ​Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight the pathways.
One: Something new was about to happen.
All: ​God would visit God’s people in a new way!
One: Lord, open our hearts to receive this good news!
All: ​Prepare us to be people of great faith and compassion as we look forward to this wondrous event you have proclaimed to us. AMEN.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” UMH #626

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Lighting of The Second Advent ​​ Candle – Peace
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 “The Bleak Midwinter” UMH #221

SHARING THE WORD
Old Testament Reading ​2 Samuel 7:8-16 Page 245
*Gospel Reading Luke 1:76-79 Page 832

Morning Message Edie Bogart
“SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS”

Prayer

*Hymn “Let There Be Peace on Earth” UMH #431

Closing Litany Insert

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Communion
​​ 9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship
​ 2:30 pm – Caroling/Party at Heartland Healthcare – Whitehall

Monday, December 11, 2017
​ 5:30 pm – Advent Series Study/Potluck

Sunday, December 17, 2017​
​9:45am – Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship
​ 5:00 pm – Blue Christmas Healing Service

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

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Karissa and Charlie Pease
Nursery Karen Anderson
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

December 3rd Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 3, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Star-Child” SUMH #2095

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: Come, people of faith, come join your hearts in worship.
All: ​We hear the invitation and hunger to join in the feast.
One: God is faithful and calls us into the loving presence of
​Jesus, who is the Christ.
All: ​We come to join with those who watch and wait and celebrate. AMEN.

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “My Hope is Built” UMH #368

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Lighting of The First Advent Candle – Hope
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 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” UMH #196

SHARING THE WORD

Old Testament Reading ​Isaiah 9:6-7 ​Page 555
*Gospel Reading ​Matthew 2:1-12 ​Page 783

Morning Message Pastor Gary
“THE WONDER OF A STAR”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving UMH #13

Prayer

*Hymn “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Overhead

Benediction
Prayer Concerns

On Wednesday, December 6th, at noon the card making ladies will be joining together for a time of making cards, a luncheon, and fellowship at Carol Adams house. Please sign up on the table in the fellowship hall so Carol will know how many to plan for. Hope to see you there!

Church Life
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Communion
​​ 9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship

Monday, December 4, 2017
​ 5:30 pm – Advent Series Study/Potluck

Sunday, December 10, 2017​
​9:45am – Sunday School
​10:30am – Worship
​2:00 pm – Caroling/Party at Heartland Healthcare – Whitehall

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

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Mary Brumm
Nursery Liz Grossman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

The holiday season is upon us with all its splendor, busyness, and time together for so many. Starting with Thanksgiving, we have the opportunity to gather with family and friends and celebrate the goodness that God has bestowed upon us and we have an opportunity to thank God for the many blessings which we have received.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a very busy season starting with Advent and moving through to the New Year. This time of year gives us very special opportunities and times in which we celebrate the goodness of the world around us in so many different ways.

Advent is a time when we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Advent allows us to slow many things down around us and helps us focus on the reason for Christmas. I encourage you during the Advent season to take time for God, whether it be participating in a daily Advent Devotional, attending our church Advent programs or Healing Blue Christmas Service, attending other special worship services, or volunteering for special activities that help support others from our community in mission; we need to remember that Christmas is a celebration of our Christian faith and Jesus Christ, our Savior, and the life He gave us starting with His birth in a manger.

As busy as this season can get, I want to encourage you to take the time to be with family, friends and in community with other Christians as we celebrate all the goodness and love that we have for each other through Jesus Christ. Look for the opportunities to be with and to share the holiness of the season and remember it is good to give, to receive and to celebrate our love, care and concern for each other. As your pastor, I want to extend to you blessings for the season of the holidays and the special blessing that we receive knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you during this special season as followers of Jesus Christ.

Reba and I pray that you have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

Pastor Gary

Upcoming Worship, Advent & Holiday Season Schedule

Sunday, November 26th
Worship at 10:30 am – Ezekiel 34:11-16 / Matthew 25:31-46
“I Was in Prison and You Visited Me”
Youth – Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, December 3rd – Worship at 10:30 am – Isaiah 64:1-9
“The Wonder of Christmas” – Series
1st Sunday of Advent with Communion

Monday, December 4th
Advent Study Program – “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break” 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Potluck

Sunday, December 10th – Worship at 10:30 am – Isaiah 40:1-11
“The Wonder of Christmas” – Series

Sunday, December 10th
Caroling and Snacks at Heartland Healthcare 2:00 pm

Monday, December 11th
Advent Study Program – “Christmas gifts That Won’t Break” 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Potluck

Sunday, December 17th – Worship at 10:30 am – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
“The Wonder of Christmas” – Series

Sunday, December 17th
Blue Christmas Healing Service 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 24th  – Worship at 10:30 am – Luke 1:46-55
“The Wonder of Christmas” – Series

Sunday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6:00 pm – Psalm 96
“The Wonder of Christmas” – Series

Sunday, December 31st – Worship at 10:30 am
Christmas Carol Hymn Sing (Pastor Gary and Reba are off in Colorado visiting family)

Announcements and Stuff

Special Advent Offerings, Programs and Worship

This Advent Season we will have opportunities to bring the Holiday Season into our hearts and to others in very significant ways.

First, we will have two evenings for Advent study. We will be using an Advent Study program developed by James Moore “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break”. We will meet at 5:30 pm on Monday December 4th and again on Monday December 11th. We will be gathering together starting with a Potluck and then having devotions, scripture readings, video presentations, and discussion. “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break” will open up to us some very unique and blessed ways to view our Christmas Celebration and this very special season.

Second, returning for us this year on Sunday Evening December 17th, at 5:00 pm will be our gathering for a Blue Christmas Service where we will begin to learn to celebrate the season without those very special people who are in our hearts and who have been in our lives and now are no longer here physically with us.

Third, during the Advent Season, our four Advent Sunday Worship Services will be formed around a series of messages entitled “The Wonders of Christmas” where we will explore and experience the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus The Christ Child in many blessings.
Fourth, On Christmas Eve we will meet Sunday morning for our regular worship service and then will meet again that night at 6:00 pm for a candlelight service of song, prayer and worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Fifth, we’re getting a group together to sing Christmas carols and serve snacks over at Heartland Healthcare in Whitehall on December 10th at 2:00 pm. Please come join in the fun and help to take some holiday cheer to the shut-ins.

Thank you to All!

The Missions Committee would like to thank the congregation for so willingly supporting the outreach projects we’ve put before you – donating/serving a meal for Family Promise four times this year; collecting cleaning supplies for Love, INC; supported Teen Challenge and UMCOR; and donating to the Shalom offering every month for our local families in need. The overwhelming amount of food collected for the food bank was truly a blessing. It was delivered to Lebanon Lutheran Church in Whitehall and was received with many thanks. Good job fellow CUMC congregants. God has blessed us in many ways and you’re, in turn, blessing others. Keep up the good work!

Snow/Bad Weather Church Cancellation Policy

Being out in the country in Michigan means you never know what the weather is going to be from one minute to the next. At times, it is necessary, for the safety of our congregants, to cancel a Sunday service. It has always been our policy to call each member to notify them of this, so stick by your phone on those crazy, snowy Sunday mornings or you may be the only person at CUMC that day.

Nursery Schedule

12/3 –  Liz Grossman
12/10 – Karen Anderson
12/17 – Edith Bogart
12/24 – Carol Adams
12/31 – Kathy Ohman