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Adams United Methodist Church

Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church


Worship Bulletin


Pastor Missy McCarthy

Music: Sue& Craig Gamet, Mike Tyo, Sharon DelSignore

January 3, 2020 Epiphany

Welcome to Adams and Sulphur Springs UMC, I am Pastor Missy. Thank

you for joining us. If you would like to join Bible Study or a small group,

please message us. Please comment with how many are watching if

you are joining virtually. Light a candle to join the community wherever

you are at.

Prelude:

Mike Tyo Original Work

Opening Prayer: 1

Loving God, who breaks through the darkness of doubt and despair, be

with us this day as we hear of the visit of the Wise Ones, who risked

everything to follow a Star. Let us open our hearts and be willing to risk

receiving the gift of gracious Love that you have to offer us in the form

of our Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Scripture: (Valerie Chamberlain is reading Isaiah , and Renee Dyer is

reading Matthew)

Isaiah 60:1-6

Matthew 2:1-12

Children’s Moment:

The Magi have made their way to the manger again this year.

They followed the star and then they had to stop and ask directions in

Jerusalem. Then went on to Bethlehem to find Jesus and his family.

Each year we talk about them following the star. This year I am going

to ask everyone to put on their masks again, so the kids can come up

for a few minutes to help us make our anointing oil again. The Magi

followed the star to Jerusalem, and then needed to ask for help

because they couldn’t do it alone. I kept thinking about making this

anointing oil on my own, but decided I needed to ask for help too just

like the magi. You see it isn’t just about the Magi making it to Jesus, it

is about the Magi being changed by the journey and the experience

they had with Jesus and on the way to Jesus. By asking for help they

even gave Herod a chance to be changed by Jesus, he decided not to be

changed, but their asking, gave him a chance. They gave the people of

Jerusalem a chance too by stopping to ask for directions they helped

people see there was a possibility for something different. Perhaps

some of them had the seeds for change planted in their hearts even if

they didn’t jump in like the magi did.

So, I decided I needed to still ask you for help in making the oil

again this year. I needed to be like the magi a bit and ask for help

because I think our prayers together over the oil our more powerful

than just mine alone are. So, lets make our offering just like the Magi.

We will offer the gold of the olive oil to our King Jesus to be used by the