Mifflin Ave United Methodist Church




                     December 30, 2012


*Those who are able are invited to stand


Gathering                                “Let Our Gladness Have No End”                              T. Beck


Welcome and Announcements


*Choral Introit                                   “Alleluia, Noel!”                                              J. North                                      


Our great God, we welcome Christ as God-with-us, the fulfillment of our

dreams for a messiah. We worship you as one who fulfills your promises.

May we live up to your dreams for us as followers of your holy Son beginning

now, as we open our hearts and minds to the Spirit of the Christ child, in

whose name we pray. Amen.


*Hymn                                                “Joy to the World”                                               #246


*Opening Prayer     


Joys and Concerns


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

            Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on

earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive

those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is

the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.


Children’s Sermon                                                                                           Barbara Thaw

*Hymn                                      “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”                                             #240


Anthem                                                                                                                                  Choir


Scripture                                                  Luke 2:17-20

Sermon                                                                                                     Rev. Dr. David Morse


Offering our Gifts and Tithes

Offertory                      “He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising”       A. Kousemaker


*Doxology                           “Angels We Have Heard on High” (REFRAIN)               #238


*Offering Prayer

Generous God, in this season of love and giving, we can never outgive you.

Like the child who came to save us, we seek to grow in wisdom and in your

favor. Guide us in the offering of our resources of time and talent and wealth.

Help us to grow in faith as those who reflect a glimpse of your extravagant

generosity. Lead us into the New Year as those who seek for every step, every

word, every action to be pleasing in your sight and bring glory to you and to

your Son. In that glorious name, we pray. Amen.


*Hymn                                        “Go, Tell It On the Mountain”                                     #251




*Hymn                                        “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” (refrain)                     #251


 Postlude                                    “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”                        F. Peeters


Pastor Kelly will be gone until January 2nd.  If you need pastoral assistance while she

is away, please call Rev Scott Gallegher at (724) 255-7858.                   





People in need of strength

Sydney, 4 yr old student of Megan Brand Holmberg, diagnosed with Leukemia

Kim & Lori

Harriet Agnew, Dave’s mother, who is in the hospital with pneumonia

Pete and his family as he battles lung cancer

Strength and healing for Beth Beringer

Strength and healing for Bruce Beringer

Kim Slobodnyak

Sue Clapper


                              ONGOING PRAYER REQUEST

Nell Harper-minor stroke; Family and friends affected by Sandy Hook incident;

Alma-Leukemia; Mary Ellen-Thyroid issues; Sue Clapper-continued healing;

Kim Slobodnyak; Bea Crawford-knee; Michael-car accident; Pastor Janet;

Chad-serving overseas; Devon-serving in the reserves; Marcy-breast cancer;

Ed White; Jack Winkopp; Joe Weimer; Doc-lung cancer; Debra Andrew-cancer;

Shirley Wojciak-medical concerns; Dawn; Bill; Mike (Tammy’s friend) - health problems;

Susan- ovarian cancer;  Gary- health concerns;  Tim Parkinson- serving in Afghanistan;

Ella Mae- Parkinson’s disease; Paul Gaviglia- lung cancer;  Melissa Morris; 

Julius Gibson- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma;  Babies Luke and Kyler- cardiac defects;

Harriet Fuller; Alice Wetzel; Sharon Coyn-leg issues; Tracy-leg injury;

Tina Whitehead- work for human dignity;  Buck Cunningham; Norma Wood;

Liz Kilkenny;  Karen Hartz