Daily Archives: December 2, 2022

December 4th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 4, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Advent
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

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



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

Leader: Prepare the way of the Lord.
All: God’s kingdom has drawn near.
Leader: Prepare the way of peace.
All: God’s salvation is at hand.
Leader: Prepare the way of righteousness.
All: God’s Spirit moves among us.
Leader: Prepare the way of the Lord.
All: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

*Gloria Patri……………………….…….….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

Lighting of the Second Advent Candle

”It Came upon the Midnight Clear”……….UMH 218

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

The Offering of our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology…………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”Joy to the World”…………………….UMH 246

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading
Psalm 98:1-9……………Page 480

*Gospel Reading
Matthew 3:1-12………..……Page 784

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Joy to the World”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving


”I Come with Joy”…………………..UMH 617


Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Tom Jackson

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

Pastor’s Ponderings

In the region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Then an Angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; For I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and laying in a Manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and earth, peace among those whom he favors!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherd said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So, they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in a manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told to them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them (Luke 2: 8-20).

This month, we are getting ready to celebrate a birthday. And not just any birthday! We are preparing to celebrate the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth, born so many years ago in a simple manger in Bethlehem. It is almost time for Christmas!

Christmas is a terribly busy season, and our calendars and activities reflect the Christmas Season. The month of December may be packed with family gatherings, parties, shopping for presents, decorating the church, our homes and baking for family, friends, and others. Christmas music is playing almost everywhere; when we visit a store, on many radio stations, and even in our homes. Christmas movies fill the television airwaves. We have put up our Christmas trees with their lights, placed a nativity scene in the prominent parts of our homes. Well, this is the busiest of times and all that we do helps brighten the holiday that is to come.

We know that Christmas is not just about giving and receiving gifts, listening to Christmas carols, or eating Christmas cookies or even going to the many different holiday gatherings that surround us. It is about preparing for the coming of Jesus into the world and into our hearts. It’s about celebrating the good news of God’s unending love for us!

We have entered the season of Advent, the season of the liturgical year where we prepare for and wait for Jesus’ coming with anticipation and joy. Scripture tells us and we remember all the events that preceded and prepared the way for the first “Coming of Jesus,” and we anticipate with hope and expectation His coming again in glory. May we all take time this Christmas season to contemplate the incredible gift God has given us in Jesus, the little baby in a manger who saved the world and who will return in glory someday. May each of us experience the joy and hope of this season and be filled with Jesus’ peace and love. And may we share the peace and love with the world as we proclaim the good news of the true meaning of Christmas.

I would like to take a moment to say thank you. I am so grateful for how the Claybanks United Methodist Church family has given so much this past year. Whether you are part of our mission activities and serving meals at the White Lake Gathering, volunteered your time at different agencies that help serve those who have special needs in our community, been a part of our different councils and committees here at Claybanks United Methodist Church, provided snacks after worship, help lead our worship service as liturgists or volunteered during our worship services to bring meaning to worship or participated in anyone of the countless other tasks that keep our church and community together as a light in the Claybanks community. I am grateful. Thank you so much for all you do!

Have a very merry and blessed Christmas.

Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Christmas Crafting & Cookies
Sunday, December 18th will be a special Sunday. Starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we will assemble to make a simple Christmas Decoration (all needed items will be provided along with direction) as we share coffee, Danish and fellowship. Follow worship we will have our coffee time with snacks while we assemble cookie tins (to be delivered to our shut-ins) and participate in a cookie exchange for all. We ask that you bake some cookies for our shut-ins and additional cookies that we can exchange with each other.

Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Eve we will come together at Claybanks UMC for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m. Our service will consist of Scripture readings, carols, meditation, and communion. Please plan to attend. Bring your extended family and let your friends and neighbors know that they are always welcome to worship with us.

Christmas Morning Service
Christmas Morning (December 25th) we will assemble for worship at 10:30 a.m. During worship we will devote additional time in singing of Christmas Carols. If you have a favorite carol, please let Suzanne know and we will try to sing several of the suggested carols.

The final UMW meeting on November 25th for this year, as always, is the much-anticipated pizza party and the decorating of the church for advent and Christmas.  It is such a fun time, and we include anyone who can come, even the church men!  We need the star put high over the alter and that is definitely delegated by the women to a man and a ladder!

A short meeting was held after pizza to appoint two individuals to keep track of the closet inventory.  Mitzi and Ruby volunteered to do that, and Konnie volunteered to do the purchasing.  Edie and Cinda will sort through the storage room.  It is recommended that an inventory list be compiled to help keep track of the pantry/closet supplies.

The church sanctuary and fellowship hall look amazing!  Reba came up with a new decorating idea and we “ran” with it!  There has been some positive response to our “tree forest” with the clear white lights.

The UMW will meet again in March but until then, we will see you all in church.

Immigrant Connection
Immigrant Connection is now open at Hart Wesleyan Church, 3757 W Polk Rd, Hart. The church is now accredited by the Department of Justice as a recognized site to offer low-cost Immigration Legal Services to Oceana County and surrounding areas. For additional information or to request a consultation, contact Hart Wesleyan Church at 231-873-0832 Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Step-Up Program continues to celebrate those who transition from the Step-Up program into independent living. During the past few years, we as a church have help support the Muskegon Step Up program by our gifts and interactional activities with the young people transitioning from Foster Care to Step Up and then to living on their own. Recently the program has expanded one of their homes and has added a new Maternity Home. Step up is always looking to provide cultural experiences for their young people through concerts, plays, and outing such as Claybanks provided at Stoney Lake Stables. Should you know of possible experiences or being of assistance please contact John Bradfield (Director) by phone (231-794-2316) or email (www.stepupmuskegon.org).

Upcoming Worship Schedule

Sunday December 4
Second Sunday of Advent
Psalm 98:1-9
Matthew 3:1-12
Joy To The World

Sunday December 11
Third Sunday Of Advent
Micah 5:2-5
James 5:7-10
Luke 1:46b-55
O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Sunday December 18
Fourth Sunday Of Advent
Affirmation #882
Isaiah 7:10-16
Luke 2:1-7
Away In A Manager

Saturday December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday December 25
Hebrews 1:1-12
John 1:1-14
Christmas Message Through Music