Stephens Ministry Sunday

FUMC/MUMC
Jan 16, 2022
Exodus 18:13-27, Acts 6:1-7

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Call to Worship:

With friends and strangers,
with family and neighbors, we gather:
Come among us, Healing God,
with that love which never ends.
With faith reaching out to touch,
with hearts straining to trust, we hope:
Come among us, Friend of the broken,
with your compassion which makes us whole.
With word and wonder,
with silence and song, we wait:
Come among us, Dryer of our tears,
to lift us to our feet to follow you
                                                                     ~ Thom Shuman

Praise: If We Are the Bodyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp25EQrZon8

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Children’s Church:  Many Parts, One Bodyhttps://sermons4kids.com/body-of-christ.html

Prayer:
Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: https://youtu.be/1x_2N4J38Ag

Hymn: Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service  — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vipw3mHyKNg                

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:
Generous God, we are reminded through scripture of the spiritual gifts that you give. We know that these are not for us to hold onto but are gifts for us to share – gifts from you meant for giving. As we offer our tithes and offerings, prompt us to commit more than dollars, but to see the gifts you have written on our hearts and to share generously of these as well! We pray these words in the name of Jesus, in whose way we follow, for whose love we are eternally grateful. Amen.

Hymn:  Take my Lifehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-T7VyCMbQQ

Benediction:
Go now to will and to work for God’s purposes.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Be filled with the same love
and look to the interests of others.
With reverence for God, work out your salvation.

And may God quench your thirst with love and consolation;
May Christ Jesus strengthen you and encourage you;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you on and make your joy complete.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
……..In the name of Christ. Amen.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton 

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Wind, Wind

FUMC/MUMC
January 9, 2022
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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Call to Worship:

God is with us always and calls us each by name.
When we pass through difficulties and stress,
God is with us and calls us by name.
When we are discouraged and feel lost and alone,
God is with us and calls us by name and heals us.
Blessed be God who knows us and calls us by name. AMEN.

Praise: Here I am to Worshiphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXg2ztge8f0

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Children’s Church:  Jesus the Only One https://sermons4kids.com/one_and_only.htm

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: https://youtu.be/PoflN05hMXU

Star Word: You can email me or call me to have me pick a star for you or you can use this online resource provided by Jen Fulwiller to get your Star Word for this year — https://wordoftheyear.me/?fbclid=IwAR3D-gP0MOUpCF4LVdeIcibIC1wox1n8JJ9sTXbsPlyvh8jeMMTK_1O4MiM  

Hymn:  Wash O God Our Sons and Daughtershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3TfvuG56Vc

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of new beginnings, as we move into this new year, stir in us the feelings of expectation! Kindle our hearts and minds to see possibilities for our world and for your kingdom. Help us to believe that the world we have can be better: more loving, more just, more compassionate, and looking much more like the world you’ve imagined for us. Lord, help us to give generously this day to empower that to happen. In the name of Christ, Savior and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Spirit of Faith Came Downhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6r-6bajfVw

Benediction:

I am reminded of the lyrics from a song we sing,
Wind, Wind blow on me,
Wind, Wind, set me free,
Wind, Wind, my Father sent
The blessed Holy Spirit

May the Holy Spirit help you become a better you this coming year as he works with you to make transformative change and separate the wheat from the chaff from within our lives!

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

In the Beginning

HFUMC/MUMC
January 2, 2021
John 1:1-18

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Call to Worship:

Come and see!
The light of God has come into our world to proclaim God’s justice and love; It has overcome the darkness and brought new life.
Come and follow!
Christ our companion has redeemed our world.  He draws us into a loving family.  From every tribe and family and culture.
Go and tell!
The Spirit has equipped us for service.  To love our neighbors as we do ourselves.  To bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth.
Come and see, come and follow, go and tell!
In God’s Love the nations of the earth will put their hope.

                                                   ~ Adapted from a prayer by Christine Sine on Godspace

Carol: Oh Come All Ye Faithful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu48M8kHMkk

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Children’s Church: Is Christmas Really Over?https://sermons4kids.com/is_christmas_over.htm

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: In the Beginninghttps://youtu.be/MDG-BSYqP1Q

Carol:  Love Came Down at Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLws2WvdXdM

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of this day and all days! We can only imagine the darkness of the world into which you sent your son – a world that believed that salvation rested on our ability to follow the rules. Jesus came to bring light into that darkness, and into our darkness. As we bring our tithes and offering to you this day, transform them into light for the hungry, for the hopeless, for the forgotten and the oppressed. We will share his light in us! In Christ, we pray. Amen.

Carol:  Good Christian Friends, Rejoicehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNG2KOLsYrw

Benediction:

As we leave this place, know that if you
Seek Him, you shall find Him
Knock and the door will be opened
Ask and it will be given to you

Jesus Christ is the light of the world
May we have eyes to see Him
And ears to hear Him and
Welcome Him into our hearts today.
Amen

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

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Get Up and Go!

HFUMC/MUMC
Dec. 26, 2021
Matthew 2:1-23

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Call to Worship:

By now Joseph was used to angels. And now he needed their timely warnings more than ever. Jesus was barely a toddler and his trouble with the Roman Empire had begun. Jesus, the Savior of Humankind becomes a refugee–forced from home by oppression and violence. How might we usher in #morelife in the face of that which feels destructive?

There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of [life] coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up;
for the way God works
is to plant more [life] right here on earth
just like it was with Jesus birth.
There are angels among us,
there are angels among us,
bringing [life] on earth.
Do not be afraid

Carol: We Three Kingshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0BJonwPCds

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Children’s Church:  A Reason for the Seasonhttps://www.umcherkimer.com/post/the-reason-for-the-season

Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-23 (adapted from The Voice translation)

Narrator: Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in the province of Judea, at the time when King Herod reigned. [three people come down the aisle] Not long after Jesus was born, magi, wise ones or seers from the East, made their way from the East to Jerusalem. They made inquiries.

Wise Ones: [in unison] Where is this newborn, who is the King of the Jews? When we were far away in the East we saw His star, and we have followed its glisten and gleam all this way to worship Him.

Narrator: King Herod [in a big chair] began to hear rumors of the wise one’s quest, and he, and all of his followers in Jerusalem, were worried. So Herod [gesturing] called all of the leading Jewish teachers, the chief priests and head scribes, [a “gaggle” of scribes and priests enter from the side, all trying to be in the front of the pack]

Herod: Where does Hebrew tradition claim the long-awaited Anointed One will be born?

Scribes and Priests: [in unison] An ancient Hebrew prophet, Micah, said this:

    But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
       are no poor relation—
  For from your people will come a Ruler
       who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.

Narrator: Herod [big, gesturing to come and then go… the wise ones move toward Herod and then back as he does] called the wise ones to him, demanding to know the exact time the special star had appeared to them.

Herod: Go to Bethlehem and search high and low for this Savior child; and as soon as you know where He is, report it to me so that I may go and worship Him. Then Herod sent them to Bethlehem.

Narrator: The wise ones left Herod’s chambers and went on their way [Herod and the scribes/priests exit]. The star they had first seen in the East reappeared—a miracle that, of course, overjoyed and enraptured them. The star led them to the house where Jesus lay; and as soon as the wise ones arrived, they saw Him with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him [they bow before the manger]. They unpacked their satchels and gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

And then, just as Joseph did a few months before [Joseph enters, the Messenger enters and waves feathers around the heads of the wise ones with their eyes closed], the wise ones had a dream warning them not to go back to Herod. The wise ones heeded the dream. Ignoring Herod’s instructions, they returned to their homes in the East by a different route. After the wise ones left, a messenger of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. [the feathers are waved around Joseph’s head as well]

Messenger of the Lord (to Joseph): Get up, take the child and His mother, and head to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you it is safe to leave. For Herod understands that Jesus threatens him and all he stands for. He is planning to search for the child and kill Him. But you will be safe in Egypt.

Narrator: So Joseph got up in the middle of the night; he bundled up Mary and Jesus, and they left for Egypt, heeding this guardian angel’s words. [Joseph exits with the manger, if possible]

Narrator: After a few months had passed, Herod realized he’d been tricked. The wise ones were not coming back. Herod, of course, was furious. He simply ordered that all boys who lived in or near Bethlehem and were two years of age and younger be killed. He knew the baby King was this age because of what the wise men told him.

This sad event had long been foretold by the prophet Jeremiah:

People: A voice will be heard in Ramah,
    weeping and wailing and mourning out loud all day and night.
The voice is Rachel’s, weeping for her children,
   her children who have been killed;
she weeps, and she will not be comforted.

Narrator: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus stayed in Egypt until Herod died. This fulfilled yet another prophecy. The prophet Hosea once wrote, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

And after Herod died, a messenger of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt:

Messenger of the Lord: [unseen, voice in a microphone] You may go home now. Take the child and His mother and go back to the land of Israel, for the people who were trying to take the child’s life are now dead.

So Joseph got up and took Mary and Jesus and returned to the land of Israel. Soon he learned that Archelaus, Herod’s oldest and notoriously brutal son, was ruling Judea. Archelaus might not be any friendlier than Herod had been. Joseph was simply afraid. He had another dream, and in this dream, he was warned away from Judea; so Joseph decided to settle up north in a district called Galilee, in a town called Nazareth. And this, too, fulfilled what the prophets have taught, “The Savior will be a Nazarene.”

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Message:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7vKutn1Ugg

Carol:  He is Bornhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPyZEJWgl2I&t=11s

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:
God of life and possibility, we offer these gifts so that they may be transformed into your good news for the sake of the world. Amen.

Carol:  Go Tell it on the Mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAfIKeh04KU

Benediction:
Every week I have given you a mission, “should you choose to accept it.” It is a mission with a message. So this last week of this series I’m inviting you to be “hashtaggers of life” and to Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, Snapchat our quote meme for the week and hashtag it #morelife. Thank you for being witnesses in this series in this way!

Let us turn toward the Candle–for Christ is our Life
and say to one another the message
we must take to the world:

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Angels Among Us Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

He’s “The” Gift!

HFUMC/MUMC
Dec 24, 2021 (Christmas Eve)
Luke 2:1-20

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Call to Worship:

Over the last few weeks we have heard of the stories of angel appearances heralding incredible news of the birth of a savior. They didn’t appear to kings and rulers or courts or the privileged of society. They came to an old and barren couple, a young girl barely a woman, a simple and humble man betrothed to her and finally, to lowly shepherds on a hillside. They came to people like you and me. God worked through ordinary people and did extraordinary things. And so it is that God works through us every time we offer messages of hope, peace, joy and love to an anxious world. We are called to fly in the face of fear–to be angels among us.

There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of [love] coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up;
for the way God works
is to plant more [love] right here on earth
just like it was with Jesus birth.
There are angels among us,
bringing [love] on earth.
Do not be afraid

Carol: Joy to the Worldhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm_UuUIzRaY

Scripture as told through Story:

Narrator: This is the story according to the messengers of God, present then and present now. We remember the angel appearance to Zechariah, husband of Elizabeth and cousin to Mary, foretelling the birth of their son, John:

Messenger 1: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Narrator: And so it was! Elizabeth, even in her old age, was finally pregnant with John who would prepare a way for Jesus’ teachings many years later. Six months later in Nazareth, a city in the rural province of Galilee, the heavenly messenger Gabriel made another appearance. This time the messenger was sent by God to meet with a virgin named Mary, who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David himself. The messenger entered her home and said:

Messenger 2: “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you… Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end… “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Narrator: At first perplexed by this, Mary resolved to offer herself as the vessel through which more love was born into the world. But Joseph, her fiancé, needed some encouragement too, for becoming pregnant before their marriage was a serious offense in the eyes of the community. A message was needed:

Messenger 3: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this takes place to fulfill what has been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

Narrator: And so Joseph stood by her and she grew with the presence of God within her. The story continues: “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angels said to them:

Messenger 1: Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people!

Messenger 2: To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord!

Messenger 3: This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.

Narrator: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, [indicate for the people to stand] Yes! YOU are the multitude of messengers who have gathered this night to proclaim this Good News! [wait until the people have stood]. And the angels of God praised God and said:

Congregation: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace and goodwill among all people!”

Narrator: Yes, we can all be messengers of God and we give thanks this night that God has given us the wings of love to help us carry this message. I want to invite any children who would like to come forward at this time. You have each been given two  feathers. Bring them with you. You have an important part to play in this song of the angels. Every time we sing “Glo——ria” you will fly with your feathers, waving your arms to spread the message that Christ is born to all the earth!

Carol: Angels We Have Heard on Highhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85EA2fhz1DE

Narrator: Thank you, angels! Do you see that manger? I want to invite you to put your feathers in the manger to make a soft bed for the baby Jesus and then you can go back to your seats.(children place feathers in manger). When the angels had left them the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Message: https://youtu.be/xb_IKQ6UqVo

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of love and possibility, we offer these gifts so that they may be transformed into your good news for the sake of the world. Amen.

Carol: Silent Night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1DCeFEEruY

Benediction:

Take a look around you.
Indeed there are angels among us.
Precious agents of God’s love bringing the message of
life and hope and peace and joy to all inhabitants of this earth.

Why is Christmas Eve so magical?
Because candlelight lets us see our true nature.
God’s light shines upon us–each one of us–
alighting anew the possibility that we can carry this message
through the witness of our lives each and every day.
I invite you to face the Christ candle
and say this blessed truth:

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Angels Among Us Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Thats the Sign!

HFUMC/MUMC
December 19, 2021
Luke 1:1-20

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Call to Worship:

The sky was brighter than usual that night, making it easier to keep track of the sheep. And then it got really bright. You would have thought that all that “glory” shining would have been “the sign.” That’s what most of us look for–great big obvious clues about God’s presence. But instead, the angel says that a baby… a newborn helpless baby in a feeding trough was it–God’s sign that more love is possible for all of us.

There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of love coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up;
for the way God works
is to plant more love right here on earth
just like it was with Jesus birth.
There are angels among us,
there are angels among us,
bringing love on earth.
Do not be afraid

Praise: Angels from the Realms of Gloryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ7LWbFOkVE

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Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 1-20. Adapted from The Voice translation

Narrator: Around the time of Elizabeth’s amazing pregnancy and John’s birth, the emperor in Rome, Caesar Augustus, required everyone in the Roman Empire to participate in a massive census— the first census since Quirinius had become governor of Syria. Each person had to go to his or her ancestral city to be counted.

Narrator 2: Mary’s fiancé Joseph, from Nazareth in Galilee, had to participate in the census in the same way everyone else did. Because he was a descendant of King David, his ancestral city was Bethlehem, David’s birthplace.

Narrator 3: Mary, who was now late in her pregnancy that the messenger Gabriel had predicted, accompanied Joseph. While in Bethlehem, she went into labor and gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped the baby in a blanket and laid Him in a feeding trough because the inn had no room for them.

Narrator 1: Nearby, in the fields outside of Bethlehem, a group of shepherds were guarding their flocks from predators in the darkness of night. [group of shepherds enter, as if they are having a hard time seeing] Suddenly a messenger of the Lord stood in front of them, and the darkness was replaced by a glorious light—the shining light of God’s glory. They were terrified! [first messenger comes in with a candle with feather/wings and the other messengers, staying low, shine flashlights in the faces of the shepherds]

Messenger: Don’t be afraid! Listen! I bring good news, news of great joy, news that will affect all people everywhere. Today, in the city of David, a Liberator has been born for you! He is the promised Anointed One, the Supreme Authority! This will be a sign for you–you will know you have found Him when you see a baby, wrapped in a blanket, lying in a feeding trough.

The Shepherds [in unison]: REALLY!!!? THAT’S the sign?

Narrator 2: At that moment, the first heavenly messenger was joined by thousands of other messengers—a vast heavenly choir. [the other messengers rise up with “jazz hands”] They praised God.

Heavenly Choir [in unison]: To the highest heights of the universe, glory to God! And on earth, peace among all people who bring pleasure to God! [if the heavenly choir is not the choir or band, they find a place to “hang out” while the music happens]

Narrator 3: As soon as the heavenly messengers disappeared into heaven, [the group flutters off] the shepherds were buzzing with conversation. [the shepherds make “buzzing/babbling” sounds and then say:]

Shepherds [in unison]: Let’s rush down to Bethlehem right now! Let’s see what’s happening! Let’s experience what the Lord has told us about!

Narrator 1: So they ran into town, and eventually they found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the feeding trough. [the shepherds huddle, backs to the congregation, toward the altar] After they saw the baby, they spread the story of what they had experienced and what had been said to them about this child. [the shepherds, in a gentle, serious way move down the aisles whispering loud enough to be heard, “Do not be afraid. God is with you”]

Narrator 2: [after the shepherds have made their way through the whole sanctuary and out the back] Everyone who heard their story couldn’t stop thinking about its meaning. Mary, too, pondered all of these events, treasuring each memory in her heart.

Narrator 3: The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen and heard, and they glorified God for the way the experience had unfolded just as the heavenly messenger had predicted.

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Message: https://youtu.be/DdMgOysJ6ds

Hymn:  Angels We Have Heard on Highhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85EA2fhz1DE

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication: God of love and possibility, we offer these gifts so that they may be transformed into your good news.

Hymn:  The First Noelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Ax47FS9vs

Mission to the Messengers:

Every week I have given you a mission, “should you choose to accept it.” It is a mission with a message. So I’m inviting you to be “hashtaggers of love” this day, and add to Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, Snapchat our quote meme and hashtag it #morelove. We also invite you to pick up extra copies of this and give it to someone today that might need to come to our Christmas Eve service to hear the message and see a sign of how Love Wins over fear.

Benediction:
Let us turn toward the Candle of Love
and say to one another the message
we must take to the world:
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Angels Among Us Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Do Not Be Afraid!

HFUMC/MUMC
December 12, 2021
Matthew 1:18-25

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This series for advent is about messengers and carriers of God’s message of good News!  I encourage you at any time during worship or during the week to take a picture (yes even during worship) pull out that phone and take a picture of something that gives you more hope.  (Blashpemy I know).  For those of you who use social media you can tweat, or share on facebook or twitter or instagram or whatever you use.   You can share the photo with someone else somehow and mark it #morejoy.  In doing so you are being a messenger of joy.  For those who are technology free stay tuned there will be options for you as well.

Every angel seems to use “do not be afraid” as an opening line. But perhaps no one needed to hear it more than Joseph. What was happening to him was the stuff that ruins lives. As a man in that time, he had all the rights to abandon Mary and preserve his dignity when he learned of her pregnancy. The stakes were high. But the angel’s message of encouragement was to see a difficult circumstance not with dread, but with joy.

There are angels among us that may not meet the eye
There are messages of [joy] coming from a choir on high
But don’t just look up;
for the way God works
is to plant more [joy] right here on earth
just like it was with Jesus birth.
There are angels among us,
there are angels among us,
bringing [joy] on earth.
Do not be afraid

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1: 18-25 (adapted from The Voice translation)

Narrator: So here is the story of the birth of Jesus the Anointed… it is quite a remarkable story:

Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, son of David. [Joseph is in a chair, asleep] They hadn’t married. And yet, some time well before their wedding date, Mary learned that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, because he was kind and upstanding and honorable, wanted to spare Mary shame. He did not wish to cause her more embarrassment than necessary.

Now when Joseph had decided to act on his instincts, a messenger of the Lord came to him in a dream. [The angel reader comes and dumps some feathers on Joseph’s head… like angelic fairy-dust]

Messenger of the Lord: Joseph, son of David, [say the next repeated phrase slowly, like in a dream] do not be afraid, do not be afraid. Do not be afraid to wed Mary and bring her into your home and family as your wife. She did not sneak off and sleep with someone else—rather, she conceived the baby she now carries through the miraculous wonderworking of the Holy Spirit. She will have a son, and you will name Him Jesus, which means “the Lord saves,” because this Jesus is the person who will save all of His people. [the angel leaves with another puff of feathers thrown in the air]

Narrator: Joseph woke up from his dream [Joseph wakes up, rubbing his eyes and looking around] and did exactly what the messenger had told him to do: he married Mary and brought her into his home as his wife (though he did not consummate their marriage until after her son was born).

Joseph: When the baby is born, I will name him Jesus, Savior, Emmanuel, God with Us.

Narrator: Years and years ago, Isaiah, a prophet of Israel, foretold the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in this way:

Hymn: Lift up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gateshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy2JyS0F-F0

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38hRNwo4nqk

Hymn: Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIv6R-gvmQg

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of joy and possibility, we offer these gifts so that they may be transformed into your good news for the sake of the world. Amen.

Hymn: Joy to the World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm_UuUIzRaY

Mission to the Messengers:

Every week I will give you a mission, “should you choose to accept it.” It is a mission with a message. So I’m inviting you to be “hashtaggers of joy” and to Facebook, Tweet, Instagram, Snapchat our quote meme for the week and hashtag it #morejoy. If  that all sounds like Greek to you and you are not into social media, I invite you to take the insert in your bulletin and send it to someone, give it to someone, take a photo of it and send it in a message–whatever you can do in whatever channels of communication are available to you.

Let us turn toward the Candle of Joy
and repeat after me to one another the message
we must take to the world:
Do not be afraid!
Do not be afraid!

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Service adapted from Worship Design Studio Angels Among Us Series – http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com

Who is Your King?

HFUMC/MUMC
November 21, 2021
John 18:33-37

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Call to Worship:

Around the world this day, the universal church celebrates the “The Reign of Christ.”  Christ Jesus, friend of the poor, the meek and the merciful, has been enthroned above all authority and power in this world and in the world that is to come.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, serve the Lord with gladness come into his presence with singing.

God has placed everything under Christ’s wounded feet, appointed the one who wore a crown of thorns as the supreme head of the church, his body.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, come into his courts with praise.
Give thanks and praise his loving name!

                                                                                                                                — Bruce Prewer

Praise: What a Beautiful Name– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD9mky9Bq7E

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church:  Christ the King — https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/christ-the-king-by-dr-dan-wuori

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: https://youtu.be/pY0OalBI4dk

Hymn:  We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nationshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAjFWaxLk5g

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of majesty and power, you have dominion over all the universe, and yet you chose to rule not in power but in love. The gifts we give to you are not given from fear or in petition for your favor, but in the deepest gratitude for all your blessings that keep us and sustain us. May our whole lives reflect to the world that there is one who rules us with love and compassion, above all this world’s nations and principalities. In the name of your Son, the Christ, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  Rejoice the Lord is Kinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipRM9AelP6w

Benediction:

As you leave this place, choose whom you serve.
Serve your King.

If you are on the right side of truth, that means bringing light, love, truth and hope to all you come in contact with.   That is how our King, Jesus, along with our help, overcomes the darkness around us.

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

Birth Pangs

HFUMC/MUMC
November 14,2021
Mark 13:1-8

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Call to Worship:

Not one stone will be left on stone.
We worship our Rock and our Salvation
Beware that no one leads you astray
We worship our source of wisdom and truth
When all seems lost, this is just the beginning of the birth pangs.
We are here to worship the Word that endures and the hope that is born among us.

Praise: Indescribable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLMVqNwypjA

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church:  Don’t be Afraid When Things Change https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/don-t-be-afraid-when-things-change

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message:

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

Mighty God, Architect of the Universe; your work of creation and building is always before us! We give our gifts this day in hopes that we might be co-builders with you in the creation of your kingdom here on earth! May our gifts also reach others who are hurting, who feel disconnected from your love, that they too may join us in the stonework of kingdom-building, whose mortar is the sharing of Christ’s love with the world. In Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  I Want to Be Ready

Benediction:

As you go from here, remember:
God is always with you
No matter what you face,
no matter what trials or hardships come your way,
God is right beside you,
guiding and directing your path.
So do not live in fear, but in joy,
celebrating God’s presence
and singing God’s praise.  

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.

He Knows Your Heart

HFUMC/MUMC
November 7. 2021
Mark 12:38-44

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Call to Worship:

Bless the Lord, o my soul!
And all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
And do not forget all his benefits.
He forgives our sins and shortcomings; And heals us inside and out.
He redeems our life from the pit; And crowns us with steadfast love
       and mercy.

So let us give thanks today for the many blessings in our lives. Let us be
       grateful.
Let us be generous and loving, good stewards of the treasures
        given to us.

Let us find ways to bless others, through the church, through personal
      relationships and in every way we can.
Let us BE  – A blessing

Praise: Lord I Give You My Heart  —  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsAKeRyK-xw

If you have children please share this – if you do not, navigate to the prayer section below. Please register on the Sunday School website by clicking on “log in” in the top right and sign up.

Children’s Church: Using our Good – https://www.umcherkimer.com/post/using-our-good

Prayer:

Please take this time to speak out loud the things that have brought you joy and blessing this week.   I am sure you have them, but sometimes we have to be reminded to look for them.   Thank you Jesus for these things.  Then after you have have shared those joys, list your concerns as you would if we were together.  Now, let us join together in prayer:

Prayer/Scripture/Message: https://youtu.be/mTV8EXZ1k6U

Hymn:  Take My Life and Let it be Consecratedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ7DuJGJt8E

Offering:

Take this time to exercise the privilege of sharing in the work of God by giving your tithe to the church.  You have options:


US Mail:
First United Methodist Church of Herkimer
127 N. Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350.   

         or

Morning Star United Methodist Church
36 Second Avenue
Ilion, NY  13357

        or

Online Giving for HFUMC (safe and secure)

You can use this link or download the Tithe.ly app from the app store https://tithe.ly/give?c=1695306

Prayer of Dedication:

God of endless generosity, we lift our offerings to you, fully knowing our gifts fall short when compared with the poor widow Jesus saw who gave two small coins in her temple offering. We know that until we have experienced a moment of that kind of trust, gratitude, and sacrifice, we don’t know the heights of joy that generosity can bring us. Until that time, grow our hearts in giving and in compassion for those our offerings will touch and bless. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.

Hymn:  When I Survey the Wondrous Crosshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vd502ClwTE

Benediction:

You are blessed!
Jesus came and fulfilled the prophecies of old
God’s creation speaks and is built withthe tiniest details that
Has each species need taken care of in ways beyond our understanding and comprehension.
Know that Jesus sees you and knows you and your heart
Trust in Him that he will take care of your need too.
Go into the world not caring if you have enough or are enough
You are valuable to Him and He loves you!  Trust in Him!

Passing of the Peace of God

Let your hearts sing a new song in place of your benediction song. Reach out to someone in our congregation and place a song in their heart by your contact.