December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent
We invite you to stand as you are able
Chiming of the Hour
Overture Pastoral (from Christmas Oratorio) J. S. Bach
Hymn of Praise No. 234 O Come, All Ye Faithful Wade
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come, ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels;
Refrain: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
True God of true God, Light from light eternal, lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb; Son of the Father, begotten, not created; Refrain
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; Refrain
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning, Jesus to thee be all glory given. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; Refrain
Lighting of the Advent Wreath Candles Readers: Martha and Jim Highsmith, Jr.
Pastoral Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn No. 245
The First Noel Traditional English Carol The first Noel, the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay, In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel. Born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far. And to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night.
Refrain And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent, and to follow that star wherever it went. Refrain
Then let us all with one accord sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, and with His blood mankind hath bought.
We Worship with our Tithes and Offerings
Offertory In The Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst/arr. Frank Voltz
Frank Voltz, Harp
Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise him, all creatures here below. Praise him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Sing We Now of Christmas John Rutter
Sing we now of Christmas, sing we all noel. Of our Lord and Savior we the tidings tell. Sing we noel, for Christ the King is born. Sing we noel, for Christ the King is born.
Sing we now of Christmas, sing we all noel.
Angels from on high say, “Shepherds, come and see, He is born in Bethlehem a blessed Lamb for thee.” Sing we noel, for Christ the King is born. Sing we noel, for Christ the King is born.
Sing we now of Christmas, sing we all noel.
Shepherds found the child lying in a manger stall. Joseph standing by, and mother Mary mild. So now sing we noel, for Christ the King is born. O sing noel.
Sing noel, sing noel, sing noel. Sing we noel, for Christ the King is born. Sing we now of Christmas, sing we all noel.
Magi oriental journeyed from afar. They did come to greet Him ‘neath the shining star. Glory to God, for Christ the King is born. Glory to God, for Christ the King is born.
Sing we now of Christmas, sing we all noel!
Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain Carolyn Jennings
Climb to the top of the highest mountain, joyous tidings proclaim to the world, lift up your voice, shout the good news: Behold, your Lord comes to you.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd, He will carry the lambs in his arms, He will ever keep them safe from harm. Behold, your Lord comes to you.
He who made the stars in the heaven, He who fashioned the earth and the sea, from time eternal, He was Alpha and Omega, He behold your Lord ! He will
come in power and glory, He will rule with mercy, and truth. Hope of the nations, light of all the world.
He will love the little children, He will hold them in his arms. Love him and trust him as a child, behold, your Lord comes to you.
Fum, Fum, Fum arr. by Mack Wilberg
On December twenty five, sing Fum, fum, fum! He is born the Holy Child, the little babe, the infant mild. He is born of Virgin
birth and He shall be the joy of earth, sing Fum, fum, fum!
Little birds fly from the sky, sing Fum, fum, fum! Little creatures great and small, come to the stable one and all, come and form a
tiny nest, all for the Holy Child to rest, sing Fum, fum!
Little stars that shine above, sing Fum, fum, fum! See the infant as He sleeps, He brings to all goodwill and peace. O let the night
shine lightly, with a flame burn clear and brightly, Fum, fum, fum! Scripture Luke 2:22-38 NT Page 59
Homily Simeon and Anna Rev. Jamie Armstrong
O Little Town of Bethlehem arr. by Dan Forrest
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all the earth.
How silently, how silently, the wond’rous gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts the blessing of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray! Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell! O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel
I Saw Three Ships arr by Mack Wilberg
I saw three ships come sailing in, on Christmas Day, I saw three ships come sailing in, on Christmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three? Our Savior Christ and His lady, on Christmas Day in the morning.
Pray whither sailed those ships all three? O, they sailed in to Bethlehem, on Christmas Day in the morning.
And all the bells on earth shall ring, on Christmas Day in the morning. And all the angels in Heaven shall sing, on Christmas Day in the morning.
All the souls on earth shall sing on Christmas Day in the morning. Then let us all rejoice amain, on Christmas Day; Christmas Day!
Hymn No. 246
Joy to the World Traditional English Carol
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.
Benediction and Blessing
Chiming of the Trinity
Postlude O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. by Young
Our Stewardship for God’s Work This stewardship report is given so you may follow our financial progress throughout the year. Each Sunday, please review and thoughtfully pray over this report. Everyone is a part of God’s stewardship.
Report for Sunday, December 3, 2017: Early Worship: 24 Morning Worship: 203 Total: 227 Weekly Offerings: $13,973.19 Weekly Needed: $10,606.72 Total Received to Date: $512,276.37 Needed to Date: $519,729.28 Online Giving For mobile device users, the QR (Quick Response) code will take you to a secure mobile site for Online Giving from your smartphone or tablet. On your first visit, you will need to create a profile.
Instrumentalists Gifts for the instrumentalists have been given to the glory of God and in memory of Joe Biesecker by his family, in memory of Jim Flynt by memorials given to the Music Fund, in honor of Lee Mabe’s service and music ministry at FUMC by Carol Myers and Richard & Camille Lawrence.
Sopranos Jemmietta Allred
Laurie Briggs Karen Coleman
Hilda Flynt Chelsea Tate
Jayne Leonard Kathy Oliver Lynn Rowe
Altos Elaine Cory Becki Foust
Tory Jackson Jennifer Klim
Beverly McKinney Cheri Murray
Gay Smith Carol Stott
Tenors Chris Allred Eddie Allred Mike Fisher
Mike Leonard Wayne Michael
Basses Lloyd Brown Jim Buchanan
Paul Crago Asher Ellis
Kelly Jackson Richard Lawrence
Violin Suzy Perkins
Ramilya Seigel Luci White Naomi Bate
Viola Louise Campbell
Cello Lauren Shriver
Bass Mara Barker
Flute Debi Pivetta
Oboe Cara Fish
Clarinet Mark Cramer
French Horn Caresse Virnig
Trombone Nathan Phillips
Trumpet Gavin Tranter
Timpani Beverly Naiditch
Percussion Amanda Swift
Chancel Bells Carolyn Briggs Linda Saintsing
Harp Frank Voltz
Organ Phyllis Jones
WEEKLY CALENDAR Sunday, December 10 8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service, Fellowship Hall 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Carols with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra, Sanctuary 2:00 p.m. Drop-in reception for Jemmietta & Eddie Allred, Fellowship Hall until 4:00 4:30 p.m. Youth Choir, Choir Room 5:00 p.m. Teens of Life Youth Ministry help with Children’s Christmas Program 6:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas Program, Sanctuary Monday, December 11 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts and Venturers, Fellowship Hall 7:00 p.m. Cub Scouts, 2nd Floor Classrooms Tuesday, December 12 12:00 p.m. Spruill/Wesley Sunday School Christmas Lunch, Yarborough’s Restaurant 7:00 p.m. Theology Pub, High Rock Outfitters Wednesday, December 13 7:45 a.m. Prayer Breakfast, Cagney’s 12:00 p.m. United Methodist Women Group 12, Sapona Country Club 6:00 p.m. Mid-Week Family Fellowship, Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m. Chancel Bells Rehearsal, Bell Room 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry, Ground Floor Children’s Ministry Area 7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room Thursday, December 14 7:45 a.m. Men’s Devotion & Fellowship, Biscuit King on S. Main Street Friday, December 15 Saturday, December 16 Sunday, December 17 8:30 a.m. United Methodist Men, Fellowship Hall 8:30 a.m. Early Worship Service, Sanctuary 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Service, Sanctuary 5:30 p.m. Youth Choir, Choir Room 6:00 p.m. Teens of Life Youth Ministry set-up luminaries & pizza dinner 7:00 p.m. A Service of Carols and Lovefeast, Sanctuary 8:00 p.m. Teens of Life Youth Ministry take down luminiaries
Birth Announcement A single rose is placed on the altar today to the glory of God and in honor of the birth of Elin Vale Leonard on November 28, 2017. Congratulations to parents Matthew and Valerie Leonard. Grandparents are Robert and Tanya Leonard. Great Grandparents are Curtis and Barbara Leonard. A white New Testament is presented to the baby from United Methodist Women Group 12.
First United Methodist Church 310 South Main Street - Lexington, NC - 27292 Office phone: 248-2886 Website: www.fumclex.org
Rev. Jamie Armstrong, Senior Minister [email protected]
Rev. Doug Rowe, Minister of Congregational Care & Adult Ministries [email protected]
Lee Mabe, Director of Music and Youth Ministries [email protected]
Phyllis Jones, Organist [email protected]
Amanda Bostick, Children’s Ministries Coordinator [email protected]
Kimberly Leonard, Toddler Nursery
Alma Carlton, Financial Secretary [email protected]
Donna Huskins, Administrative Assistant [email protected]
Charlie O’Connell, Kitchen Manager [email protected]
Flowers The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in honor of Carlie and Colbie Bostick in celebration of their birthday by Carlos, Amanda and Xander Bostick.
Today’s Greeters: Glynda and Dan Smith, Amy and Jim Horn
Chief Ushers: Richard Foust, Jimmy Everhart Captain: Max Lanning Co-Captain: Olen Easter, Jr. Larry Beck, Bob Burchette, Jim Highsmith, Jim Myers, Jimmy Shoaf, Efird Wilson and Dean Yemm. Security: West Lamoureaux
Rev. Jamie Armstrong
Steve & Betty Caudill
John & Judy Hench
Genesis House (Salisbury)
Rolling Green Village
Spring Arbor (Albemarle)
Wood Haven (Albemarle)
Margaret McCrary Carver
Jo Doris Beck
Herman & Naoma Crabtree
Richard & Camille Lawrence
Lynn Mack & family
Rev. Elizabeth Graves
Rev. Russell Brownworth
Gracie Joy Hedrick
Cliff Lopp, Jr.
Cameron & Pete Dunlap
Linda & Tom Dunlap
Carol & Steve Harris
Jason & Stacy Heitman
John Bruce Davis
Robert, Doris, & Keith Hunt
Debra Ann Leonard
Betty Jean Whitaker
Len & Dottie Harris
Jack & Susan Phillips
Serving in the Armed
SGT John Hall
Capt. Jarrad Thorley
SMS Jason Brownworth
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Welcome to our Guests! We are glad you are here with us today! Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. You truly matter to us because you matter to God.
We invite you to stop by the reception area for coffee & doughnuts following the 11:00 a.m. worship service and allow us to answer any questions you may have.
Directions to the Reception Area: As you leave the sanctuary, go right and then left up the main hallway Passing the fellowship hall on your left As you come to the end of the main hallway, go left and then right into the reception