First Sunday after epiphany

January 10, 2016


-Gathering into worship-

*Those that are able are invited to stand

 Welcome                                                                                             Gary Burdick, Lay Leader


Opening Psalm                                                                                               Psalm 29


*Call to Worship

One:  Arise, shine, for your light has come,

           and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

All:  The brightness of God’s light shines upon all the nations.

         All are welcomed to the brightness of God’s dawn.

One:  God gathers us from far away and carries us.

           With radiant eyes, with rejoicing hearts, we receive the abundance God gives.

All:  We respond in praise.

         With our gifts, with our very selves, we worship God.


*Hymn                             “O Worship the King, All-Glorious Above”                                         #73


*Opening Prayer

Loving God, we begin this new day in the sure knowledge that you have claimed us as your children.

In all that we do, keep us mindful of actions that are pleasing in your sight. 

In all that we say, make us attentive to the witness we give to your love.

Let our lives be an example to all whom we encounter, living as daughters and sons of God who follow in the path of Jesus, our Lord and our brother. Amen.


*Chorus                               “Angels from the Realms of Glory”         (Refrain)                       #220

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King.




Anthem                                                                                                                                    Choir 


*Hymn                                  “When Jesus Came to Jordan”                                           #252


Children’s Sermon                                                                                                

-Offering Our Prayers-


Prayer Hymn                                  “Stand By Me”                                                         #512

You are invited to share your prayer concerns by writing them on the Prayer Request cards and placing them in the offering plate.


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.  


-Exploring the word-


Scripture                                                                                          Luke 3:15-17, 21-22




-Sharing our blessings-


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes


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

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!  Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


*Offering Prayer

God, our heavenly Father, you welcome us as sons and daughters through baptism in Christ. Your Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and burns away what is not pleasing to you. Just as Jesus turned to you in prayer, help us to seek your will continually. May our offerings support the work of this church, lifting up your hope and new life in our community. We dedicate ourselves to serving you through your beloved Son, Jesus. Amen.


*Closing Hymn                 “Of All the Spirit’s Gifts to Me”                                          #336




*Chorus                          “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” (Refrain)                                #251

Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.



Please join us immediately after worship for our monthly Second Sunday Social,

hosted by Bambi and Oliver Brewer.





Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

 Where Faith and Life Meet


Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith