Daily Archives: December 30, 2022

January 1st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 1, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Epiphany of the Lord
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song
There’s a Song in the Air”………………UMH 249



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: Arise; shine, for your light has come!
All: We are called out of the darkness into light.
Leader: Lift up your eyes and look around.
All: We rejoice in the gift of light.
Leader: Come, let us worship the God of light and joy and peace.
All: We come to kneel at the cradle of the babe, the light incarnate.

*Gloria Patri……………………….…….….UMH   70

*Opening Prayer

Lighting of the Advent Christ Candle

”The First Noel”………………………….UMH  245

Remembering 2022 and Giving Thanks

Prayer of Intercession for Epiphany

Prayer Response: (several times)

Pastor: Show us your child, O God.
All: For we walk together by your side.

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

The Offering of our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology……………………….…………UMH 95

*Prayer of Dedication

”Silent Night, Holy Night”……………….UMH 239

Sharing of the Word

Old Testament Reading……………..Isiah 63:7-9…………….Page 605

*Gospel Reading…………….Matthew 2:1-23……………Page 783

Message by Pastor Gary Peterson
”Following God on a Long Journey”

Words of Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving


”We Three Kings”…………………..UMH 254


Postlude – Please be seated

Pianist – Suzanne Bellrichard

Liturgist  – Edie Bogart

Ministers – All People As We Live The Good News

All are invited to stay following worship for a church family brunch.

For those who may have brought their Shalom offering today, there is a Shalom Pail in the Fellowship Hall.  If you did not bring your Shalom from last week, save it until January 29th when we will have a large number of coins for Art and Bev to count!

Thank you for the Poinsettias that made our church sanctuary so beautiful.  Please take them following worship today so that they can be admired and shared by others.

Pastor’s Ponderings

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great” (Proverbs 18:16).

As a pastor it has been my deliberate choice not to ask for money from the pulpit during a worship service. I believe that at other times and through other means we can address the financial needs and goals of our church and communicate the fiscal responsibility we have as the family of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

I know that one of the underlying reasons I am reluctant to ask for financial contributions from the pulpit stems from when I was a young person and for a period of time, the financial needs of the parish that I attended with my family was addressed from the pulpit on a number of occasions and I remember my father expressing his concerns about the repeated requests for financial support when many other concerns could have been addressed during the message time of the worship service.

Over the years, the Claybanks United Methodist Church has had its times of prosperity and its times of financial stress. The church family of the Claybanks United Methodist Church has continually responded and supported the needs of the church and our church family. Yet, as we begin a new year, make resolutions, and promises, I would be remiss if I did not encourage you and your continued support of the financial needs of our church. Periodically, we as members of the United Methodist Church, are asked to renew our covenant to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. As a pastor who is the sheep dog of the

flock, I have the responsibility as a United Methodist pastor to make sure that the flock is well prepared to graze in green pastures. I am using this Pondering to meet one of the requirements that I have been given as a pastor assigned to a Methodist Congregation in that I am to encourage the congregation to be faithful supporters in your giving to our church and to other needs within our community. Scripture communicates to us: “Now he who supplies seed to the Sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in Thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)

As the Financial Committee and Administrative Council assemble in the middle of January, the Claybanks United Methodist Church will set its annual budget for 2023. The Finance Committee and Administrative Council are very diligent in directing finances to meet the ongoing needs of our church and recognizing the resources that we have as a church family. We pray that we can count upon your support as we look at the many different ministries of our church and the needs of our community. It will be the responsibility of your church leadership to communicate those needs on an ongoing basis and request your support through prayers, presents, gifts and service as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of the Claybanks United Methodist Church.

May blessings be bountiful for all in 2023. Pastor Gary

Announcements and Stuff

Help Wanted

Be a part of keeping our church fresh, beautiful, and decorated.

We are looking for someone to work with Cinda Moulds to be a part of keeping the centerpieces on our tables in Fellowship Hall and other decorations in the church in step with the calendar year.  The tasks will require creative thinking in décor and once in a while assisting in acquiring new or replacement items to keep our church areas fresh and beautiful. Should you want to be a part of this, please talk with Cinda or Pastor Gary.

Thank You!

Suzanne, Reba, and I, thank you for your love offering we received this Christmas. Your support, in so many ways, continues to bless us, and we know that we are loved so very much by the Claybanks United Methodist Church Family. We pray that God continues to bless the Claybanks Church, its families and our community.

Pastor Gary

Upcoming Worship Schedule

January Worship Schedule

Sunday, January 1
Epiphany of The Lord
Isaiah 63:7-9
Matthew 2:1-23
Following God On A Long Trip

Sunday, January 8
Baptism of The Lord
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 2:13-17
Witnessing Disciples

Sunday, January 15
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Called To Holiness And Much More

Sunday, January 22
Isaiah 9:1-4
Matthew 4:12-23
Joy Found In Discipleship

Sunday, January 29
Micah 6:1-8
Matthew 5:1-12
Which Is Your Favorite Beatitude?