Bulletin for Jan. 1

New Year’s Day

PRELUDE by Feliste Ellis, Pianist

THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
Shirley Cauthen, Liturgist

ENTERING GOD’S HOUSE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Arise, shine, for your light has come,
People: and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

*HYMN No. 56 The First Nowell

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Leader: Will this year be a time of new life, new ways for us – or will we continue to live the same old way? Let us confess to our God our failures, as well as our hopes, as we begin this year.
People: We admit that we always find the time to fill our stomachs, God of every moment, but not our souls. We spend hours watching television, but not the wonders of your creation. We arrange outings with our friends, yet ignore your invitation to sit and talk. We make resolutions to change every aspect of our lives, except for that which pertains to you. Forgive us, God of Glory, and make us new. In the moments to come this year, remind us that if there is a time for everything, then we do have those moments for grace, for hope, for joy, for a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

*KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: It’s over – last year is gone. Our words, our thoughts, our deeds are in the past. Today, we begin anew. Today, and every day, God offers us life and hope.
People: Here, now, forever – we are forgiven and healed. This year, let us live as such people. Thanks be to God. Amen. (Lectionary Liturgies, New Year’s, Christmas 2)

*GLORIA PATRI No. 579

MOMENT WITH THE CHILDREN by Pat Oglesby

HEARING GOD’S WORD

*HYMN No. 66 We Three Kings of Orient Are
(Please pass prayer cards to the end of the pew so they may be collected as we sing.)

READINGS
And the city has no need of sun or moon on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The Nations will walk by its light, and the kings [rulers] of the earth will bring their glory into it. Revelation 21: 23-24 (NRSV)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. 3Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60: 1-6 (NRSV)

PRAYER FOR THE LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
Leader: O Finality. O final Light. O luminous One,
People: outshining lamp, stars and sun.
Leader: O End of Night. O Day’s Light without ending. O Light, all light,
People: outshining lamp, stars and sun.
Leader: Break forth, O heavenly Light, and reign to the ages of ages. Shine forever and let no more greed or hatred near. Illumine and save all creation,
People: outshining lamp, stars and sun.
Leader: O Light, we shall see face to face. O Radiancy, we shall ever bear upon our foreheads. O Splendor of Love, the world of greed and hatred ending,
People: outshining lamp, stars and sun.
(The United Methodist Book of Worship, p. 269)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 25:31-46 New Testament pages 29 in pew Bible

SERMON
HOW DID WE SPEND OUR LIVES? by Rev. McSpadden

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD

* THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

*THE OFFERING

*THE DOXOLOGY No. 592

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*CLOSING HYMN No. 23 Auld Lang Syne
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine† ; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give us a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.
CHORUS written by Robert Burns

*BENEDICTION

*POSTLUDE

* Please Stand
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

As we pray today we will be remembering Union First Presbyterian Church in Union, SC and its 193 members.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to Feliste Ellis for playing the piano for our Worship Service this morning.

WELCOME to the newest member of our church family. Benjamin Graham Stephany was born yesterday. He is the son of Ron and Amanda Stephany and the little brother of Caroline Stephany.

RECENT MEMORIALS AND HONORARIUMS:
Donations in memory of Al Williams were given by:
Wilma Belk
Mike & Susan Brown
Louise Brunson
Jenners Pond, Inc.
Jay & Lynne Jones
Dr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Novick
Karl & Melanie Sublett
Claudia Thompson
Charles & Martha Walden

TREE FUND:
A donation was given in honor of Randy and Kay McSpadden by Richard and Linda Vaughan.

GREETERS AND USHERS: Richard and Linda Vaughan

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