Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 17, 2017 5:00p.m.
*Indicates to stand if you are able
Blue Christmas Service
*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 ofour 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
Lighting of Advent Candles
Words of Grace: From Isaiah 40, Psalm 103 and Matthew 11
Message of Love
Gift of Music
Hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” Hymnal #349 2X
Hymn “Silent Night” Hymnal #239 vs 1& 4
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
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Organist Megan Schihl
Ministers All People As We Live The Good News