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Prepare the Way Worship Series: SEARCH

The word for this week is “Search.” Mary and Joseph search for their lost child, Jesus. Jesus is on a search for answers; he is developing into adulthood, and—above all— discovering his mission as Son of God.

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    References:

  • 1 Samuel 2:18-20
  • Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
  • Colossians 3:12-17
  • Luke 2:41-52

Prepare the Way Worship Series: FIND

For the preacher, Epiphany is a time to call the congregation to jump into the crescendo of the history of salvation. The light of Christ will become more intense as we progress into the Epiphany season. This particular Sunday, however, the main attention should be placed on the homage, the adoration that we owe our Savior.

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    References:

  • Isaiah 60:1-6
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
  • Ephesians 3:1-12
  • Matthew 2:1-12

Greater Gifts Worship Series: YOU ARE BELOVED

Baptism, as a “first gift” from God, leads us in life toward paths of discovering and rediscovering God-given gifts, activating those gifts through the Holy Spirit, understanding how our gifts are interrelated to the gifts of other disciples in the body of Christ, and how important it is to stay true to the heart of our God-given gifts — the love of God in Christ.

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    References:

  • Isaiah 43:1-7
  • Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
  • Acts 8:14-17
  • Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Greater Gifts Worship Series: GIFTED FOR OTHERS

As we move from baptisms and remembering our baptism, we recognize that the gift of baptism is only the beginning. We should begin to discover, or if it has been a while, perhaps rediscover our God-given gifts — equipping us for a lifelong journey as disciples. We were redeemed for a reason, and we are given gifts to fulfill a greater purpose.

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    References:

  • Psalm 36:1-10 (UMH 771)
  • Isaiah 62:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
  • John 2:1-11

Greater Gifts Worship Series: BEING NEEDY

Conventionally, the idea of being needy has negative connotations. However, we’d like to look at the idea of being needy from a different perspective: we need one another. Just as God arranged the members of our bodies, so God arranged the members of our communities. So this week, we put a positive spin on being needy.

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    References:

  • Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
  • Luke 4:14-21

Greater Gifts Worship Series: LOVE

Now that we are discovering and activating our gifts, understanding how we are dependent on one another, will we let love – love of God and love of neighbor guide us?

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    References:

  • Jeremiah 1:4-10
  • Psalm 71:1-6 (UMH 794)
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • Luke 4:21-30