WELCOME TO WORSHIP! Greeting and Announcements *Song Preparing for Worship Prelude "Up, O Shepherds" arr. Hermann Schroeder There are pads in the seats to help us connect with you—please take some time during the service to fill it out and pass it along. Choral Introit Time of Sharing Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light #223 We Exchange Signs of Peace Matthew 2: 1-12 Children’s Message At this time, children are invited to move to Sunday school. Pray for Each Other Following the pastor’s prayer, we will speak the names of others who need special prayers today. This ends with the words: “Lord in Your Love;” the people respond” “Hear Our Prayers.” Offering Ourselves & Our Gifts to God’s Purposes Response: #221 V-4 As With Gladness (see screen) Closing Prayer: by John Wesley I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, you art mine, and I am yours! Let the covenant, which I have made on earth, be ratified in heaven. Amen. Preparing for the World Postlude: "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry" arr. J Leavitt Introduction to Love Feast 2nd Scripture: 1st Peter 2: 9-10 Anthem “Morning Star” Chancel Choir During the anthem slips of paper with scripture verses will be passed through the pews. Please take one of the slips and reflect on the scripture also called a “Watch Word.” After the anthem if you feel led you may share your scripture aloud to the congregation. *Song 1st Scripture: (see screen) Silence 3rd Scripture: Call to Worship We are gathered to worship our God. Send your Spirit upon us. We come from many places, with many burdens. Send your Spirit upon us. We turn our hearts to you, O God. Send your Spirit upon us, and make us your beloved family. *Song The People Who In Darkness While this hymn is sung a simple meal of bread and water will be passed through the pews. In the silence following the hymn please enjoy this meal and reflect on the gift of Christ’s light in our world. Acts 2: 43-47 Blessing Prayer Requests In Our Prayers: Lori Bussing, Barbara Thomas, William Schewe, Linda Griffing, Peggy Abbondandolo, Lexi Gurka, Marti Ladue, Kay Runge, Barbara Peck, Barbara O’Brien, Patricia Squailia, Frank Crouch, Jane Flannagan (Glen’s mother), Donald Straus, Sue Zutterling (Maplewood), Virginia Cooley, Ethel Clark, Janet Woodcock, Paul & Alice Jones, Bill Young, Shirley Bozony, Jeanne Cramer, Miriam Ellsworth, Helen Richardson, Sylvia Hoyer (Julie Calcagni’s mother), Dorothy Place, Rev. Jane Borden, Marge Bramhall, Virginia Feeny, Alden Sharp, Helen Smead, Rev. Walter Taylor, Richard Gerlach, Bob Christopher, Dudek family, Thomas family, Jaclyn Hakes, Stu Hefter, Rev. Brolin Parker. For Those Who Mourn the Loss of: Virgina Feeny, Michel Kril, William Young, Chris Hoyt, June Wright, Charlie Waldrop, Ivy Olmstead-Morris (Dale Christopher’s granddaughter), Nancy Meyer, Mark Phillips (Fred & Norma Phillips’ son), Dorothy Hall (Sue Dart’s mother), Al Lounsbury, Beth Hostetler (Renee’s mother), Frank Masters (Betsy Cannon’s father), Michael Cannon (Betsy Cannon’s father-in-law). For Those Around the World: Those serving their country at home and abroad, victims and families involved in violence, victims of recent natural disasters, those listed on our Prayer Board in the Lobby. Announcements Fellowship Time: Today’s hosts are the Missions Team. Next week - Music Department. Thank you! Sunday Morning Discussion Group: We will start on page 200 today (Black Moses) in Stephen Prothero's book, American Jesus, How the Son of God Became a National Icon. Please join us at 10:45 in the Lounge. Ken Bollerud Mission Trip with ASP! The mission trip is from July 18-26 in West Virginia. If you will be between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to participate in the trip, please register online and give your deposit to Pastor Drew or Katie. Spots are filling up fast and our deadline for sign-ups is January 8, so please do it soon!!!! Confirmation Class starting January 18: Confirmation is a vital step in a youth's life. Class will take place every Sunday from January 18 – May 17 starting at 12:00 pm in the Lounge. ***Confirmation orientation with Pastor Heather will be January 11 at noon in the Lounge. Teller Needed Starting January 2015: Volunteer needed for every 5th Sunday. Contact the church office at 584-3720. 3rd Thursday Methodist Fellowship: Thursday, January 15 at 6:00pm. Come join us for an informal potluck meal and good conversation with other church families and friends. Contact Laura LeCours 584-5520 or [email protected] Church Dinner: The Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church will be hosting a ham dinner complete with homemade pies on Saturday, January 24th from 4:30- 6:30 pm. Cost: Free will donation. Come join us! Church Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 20 at 7pm. Kitchenette. This Week Sunday 9:00am 10:00am 10:30am 10:45am January 4, 2015 Worship, Childcare, Sunday School, Fellowship Time Book Study (Lounge) Worship, Childcare, Sunday School Youth Group (Adkins) 6:00pm 7:00pm Monday 7:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm Wednesday 5:15pm 6:45pm 7:45pm Chess Club (Kitchenette) January 5, 2015 Welcoming January 6, 2015 Yoga (Kindermusik) January 7, 2015 AcaBella Rehearsal (Fellowship Hall) Chancel Ringers (Fellowship Hall) Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Choir) Thursday January 8, 2015 7:30am 6:00pm 7:00pm Joy in the Morning Thursday Bells Rehearsal (Sanctuary) Joyful Hope Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) Friday January 9, 2015 No events scheduled January 10, 2015 No events scheduled January 11, 2015 Worship, Childcare, Sunday School Fellowship Time Book Study (Lounge) Worship, Childcare, Sunday School Confirmation Orientation (Lounge) Saturday Sunday 9:00am 10:00am 10:30am 10:45am 12:00pm Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church SARATOGA SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-3720 | www.saratogaumc.org Rev. Heather Williams -- Extension 111 [email protected] Rev. Drew Sperry – Extension 112 [email protected] Saratoga Springs January 4, 2014 Our Mission Statement The Mission of Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church is to spread God’s word as we embrace persons of any age, gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability as full participants in a loving community of worship, fellowship, study, and outreach.