God said “NO”

I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

December 31st Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 31, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

First Sunday After Christmas

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” SUMH #2088

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: Christ is born.
All: ​Praise the Lord!
One: God has come to claim us as God’s own children.
All: ​Praise the Lord!
One: Love has given us this glorious gift.
All: ​Praise the Lord!

Gloria Patri UMH #70

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Overhead

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Shalom Sunday
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 “What Child is This” UMH #219

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Psalm 148 ​Page 508
Second Reading ​Galatians 4:4-7 ​Page 947
*Gospel Reading ​Luke 2:22-40​Page 833

Hymn Sing

Prayer

*Hymn “All Glory be to Christ” Overhead

Benediction

Church Life
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Shalom Sunday – Hymn Sing
​​ 9:45am – Youth Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship

Sunday, January 7, 2017 ​
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship
​​​
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 Kathy Ohman
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 24, 2017 6:00 p.m.
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Prelude

*Call to Worship
One: Rejoice, for God is with us—Emmanuel.
All: ​In the darkness of our world shines God’s Holy Light.
One: Now there is reason to hope, to love, to laugh, to live.
All: ​God is truly with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God!

Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (Verses 1-3) Hymnal #234

Opening Prayer

Advent Reading and Lighting of the Christ Candle

All: God of grace and glory as we celebrate this Christmas, transform our hearts and our lives so that your good news is not an old story but a fresh truth lived out every day in the power of Jesus the Light Of The World.

THE COMING OF JESUS IS ANNOUNCED
TO MARY AND JOSEPH
Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25
*Hymn “Joy to the World” (Verses 1 & 2) Hymnal #246

THE PREPARATION FOR THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Luke 2:1-5
Hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Hymnal #230

JESUS IS BORN
Luke 2:6-7
Hymn “Away in a Manager” Hymnal #217

JESUS’ BIRTH IS ANNOUNCED
TO THE SHEPHERDS
Luke 2:9-14
Hymn “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” Hymnal #218

THE SHEPHERDS FIND THE BABY JESUS
Luke 2:15-18

THE WISE MEN BRING THEIR GIFTS TO JESUS
Matthew 2:1-11
Hymn “The First Noel” (Verses 1, 2 & 3) Hymnal #245

Christmas Eve Message with the Children – Pastor Gary

Hymn “Hark The Angels Sing” UMH #240

Prayer of Confession, Pardon and Assurance

The Great Thanksgiving
Prayer
Circle of Light

*Silent Night Bulletin

Benediction

Extinguishing of Candles
Silent Night

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin Mother and Child, holy
Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing
Alleluia.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from
Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.

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

December 24th Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 24, 2017 10:30am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

Praise Song “Love the Lord Your God” SUMH #2168

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: Light the lamps, prepare the room, God is coming to us!
All: ​Make our hearts and spirits ready to receive God’s most gracious gift, God’s Son, Jesus The Christ.
One: Push the darkness away. The light is truly coming!
All: ​May God’s light shine on us, in us and through us that God’s glory may be seen. AMEN.

Gloria Patri UMH #7

Opening Prayer

*Hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High” UMH #238

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time – Lighting of The Fourth Advent ​​ Candle – Love
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 “Love Came Down at Christmas” UMH #242

SHARING THE WORD

First Reading ​Luke 1:46-55 ​Page 832
*Gospel Reading Matthew 1:18-25 ​Page 783

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

Prayer

*Hymn “Go Tell It on the Mountain” UMH 251

Benediction

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Shalom Sunday – Hymn Sing​
​​9:45am – Sunday School
​​10:30am – Worship
​​​
Email: glpeterson32@frontier.com
Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email ClaybanksUMC@gmail.com
Website http://www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com

Pianist​​​​ Megan Schihl
Liturgist ​​ Reba Peterson
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

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

 

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