First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Bulletin - Dec 24 (8:30 pm)

December 24, 2017

8:30 PM Service








PASTOR: Pastor Wade Berkey



CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:00-4:00 PM



If you are visiting for the first time today,


            We are so glad that you are here! Should you need any kind of assistance during the service, please contact one of the ushers or the attendant at the Welcome Center. We would love to answer any questions that you may have. Please be sure and complete the Connect Card (a bulletin insert) and place it in the offering plate later in the service. You can check us out at or on our Facebook page to find out more information about us.

            Our prayer is that you have felt welcomed today and that your week will be blessed.


We Gather Together and Praise God

Music to prepare us for worship!


The Lighting of the Advent Wreath                                                           Insert


Call to Worship 

          All nights can look the same…

if we don’t know how to look. Jesus was born on a night not unlike this one. Love took flesh in the watches of the night. The light of that birth continues to shine in the darkness.

          All nights can look the same…

If we don’t know how to look.

          What do we see on this night?

What do we see on this night?


*Opening Hymns:                “Silent Night, Holy Night”                            No. 239

                                        “Angels From the Realms of Glory”                   No. 220


 *Opening Prayer (Psalm 96, Isaiah 9) 

We are not always prepared. O God, to receive the Christ child into our hearts. We do not always look to see your light shining in the darkness of our world. We are reluctant to leave our flocks behind and search for the glory you reveal. Overcome our fear, Holy One, and inspire us to sing with the heavenly host as we seek the Christ child this night. Prepare our hearts, O God, to behold your precious gift in awe and wonder. Amen.


Special Music:                       “Noel, Noel!                      Adult Choir

We Hear  God’s Word

Scripture Reading:                  Luke 2:1-10                        (N.T. p. 58)

Sermon Series-The Christmas Experience!

Sermon Title-Immanuel!

Special Music:                    “Carol of the Cradle”                      Adult Choir


We Respond to God’s Word

Praying Together

Silent Prayer/Altar Time/Pastoral Prayer

Invitation to the Offering

What greater gift could we receive than the gift of God’s own child—a child who is our light and our salvation. We, who have received so much, are called to join the shepherds in sharing our joy; we are challenged to join the magi, in offering our gifts to the Christ child. Come! Let us give out of our abundance.

Offering Prayer

Gathering of the Offering      


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


A Service of Holy Communion


Going Forth to Serve God

Distribution of the Light:

As the acolytes pass the light to members of the congregation, pass it to the person next to you. Please, DO NOT TIP a lighted candle.


*Closing Hymns:      “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                           on the screen

                                    “Sing We Now of Christmas”                      on the screen                                                                               

The Blessing/Sending Forth

Music to send us forth for God’s purpose! 

*Congregation stands if able.

Ask an usher for a large print hymnal or bible or personal hearing device.

Our Mission…

is to know Jesus and to make Jesus known.


Our Vision…

is to be the church that displays the love of Christ and connects with people of all walks of life through worshiping, growing, and serving.










The church offices will be closed until Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please feel free to call the parsonage if you need pastoral care.


Remember to pick up your poinsettias after worship tonight.