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“. . . the Dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet unto the way of peace.� Luke 1:78-79 KJV

December 25, 2011


United Methodist Church

Dayspring United Methodist Church A Stephen Ministry Congregation Our Mission Statement:

To create disciples of Jesus Christ who touch and inspire people through an open and diverse community December 25, 2011 10:00 a.m. *As a courtesy, please make certain your cell phone is off during worship. Thank you.


Rev. Michael Kelley at the Organ


Louis-Claude d’Aquin “Noël Suisse Grand jeu, et Duo” (1694-1772)

THE CHORAL INTROIT “Christmas Gloria” by Tom Fettke The Christmas Choir

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor: Let our voices be lifted in song and celebration! People: For what good news do we celebrate this day? Pastor: Let us join the angelic hosts in praising God, for Christ is born! People: Praise to God the Almighty for hearing our prayers for salvation Pastor: Let our hearts be joined in praise as we lift our voices in song! *THE OPENING PRAYER *HYMN OF CELEBRATION “Joy To the World”

Hymnal #246

A TIME FOR OUR CHILDREN (As the children return to their seats, please join in singing Hymn #143) And God will raise you up on eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of God’s hand. A CAROL SING THE CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Away In a Manger” A TIME OF SILENCE (for personal prayer) THE COMMUNITY AT PRAYER Light of the World, we celebrate your birth and the hope that it brings to all people. We have heard the herald’s trumpet, and seen the glory of our salvation. Your birth overwhelms us, filling our lives with promise and joy. Your light brings judgment on the earth,

Arr. M. Wilberg

illuminating our temptation to hide in the shadows. Help us love your light more than darkness, that we may be known as children of God. We pray in the name of the One who gave us this prayer: THE LORD’S PRAYER Hymnal #895 ANTHEM

Allen Pote “Christmas Gloria” The Christmas Choir


Isaiah 9:2-7


Arr. John A. Behnke “Hark! Christmas Bells” The Christmas Bells

*DOXOLOGY Hymnal # 94 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! PRAYER OF DEDICATION A CAROL SING THE GOSPEL READING

Luke 2:1-20

THE MEDITATION Rev. Jane Tews “Between Being Told and Knowing for Sure”


Hymnal #242 “Love Came Down at Christmas”

*THE BENEDICTION BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Let There Be Peace On Earth” Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow; to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. *PASSING OF THE PEACE Pastor: Let us greet one another as sisters and brothers in the ministry of Jesus Christ. May the grace of our Lord and Savior be with you. People: And also with you! (Please turn and greet one another as disciples of Jesus Christ!) *POSTLUDE

Johann Sebastian Bach “Der Tag, der is so Freudenreich” 1685-1750

This day is so full of joy for all creatures; Because God’s Son from Heaven, transcending nature Is born of a Virgin

Assisting in the Service this Morning: Rev. George Smoot

The Pianist This Morning: Mary Sievert

To You, Our First Time Guest: We’re delighted you’re here! Please stand when the pastor asks for first time guests, so we can recognize you. We also invite you to stop by the Welcome Table near the church entrance and pick up a packet with information about our church. Welcome to Dayspring! Greeters This Morning: Dave & Janis Vander Laan Acolyte This Morning: Alex Krupinsky THE FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR THIS MORNING are given by Forest & Lydia Holeman in loving memory of Dr. Earl Logan, Jr.’s birthday. THE FOOD BASKET ON THE ALTAR THIS MORNING is given in loving memory of Jack, from Grammy. LARGE PRINT BULLETINS AND HYMNALS are available each week. Please ask an usher if you prefer large print. Also, please return large print hymnals to the narthex following worship. HEARING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE - This sanctuary is equipped with a hearing system. Please ask an usher for a receiver. CHILDREN'S WORSHIP GUIDES are available in the narthex. Ask an usher if you need assistance. Please return the folders to the “USED” box following the service. PRAYER REQUEST CARDS are located in the pew box. If you have a need or celebration, fill out the card and place it in the offering plate. IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW is a victim of domestic violence, please know there is information and support available through Dayspring. There are packets of information in the narthex, or for assistance, please call Rev. Jane Tews at (480) 838-1446. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with the confidential one-to-one Christian care you need to make it through a crisis or help through a difficult time. Call Sally Butler, (602) 524-2109; Elizabeth Winkler, (480) 456-6573; or Liz Alden, (480) 497-0929 if you need someone to care.

As Members of The United Methodist Church, we have pledged to support our Church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness PRAYERS

Debbie Dembiec, sister/daughter of The Ellis Family, prayers for health The Hansen and Smitheran Families, following the death of Maxine Hansen on Dec. 9 in Chandler Judith Vartanian, niece of Sandra Ziegler, recently diagnosed with cancer Merle Childers, healing following hospitalization Marge Sydell, hospitalized at Chandler Regional Hospital Pat Hergenrader, mother of Karen Hatton, healing after major reconstructive foot surgery on Dec. 16 John O’Neal, grandfather of Julie O’Neal, hospitalized at Banner Desert Hospital Inez Baker, 99 year-old mother of Jim Baker, recovering from a fall and broken hip Katie Conner, healing following hospitalization Ongoing Health Concerns Marlene Meyer, Shannon Hood, Denise Gaudet, The Ellis Family, Polly Smith, Teresa Webb, Marge Sydell, Kristen Stegeman, Pam Narcy and Joan Venturini All military personnel and their families, especially those who are actively serving our country during this time of war. *REMEMBER all those, known and unknown to us, who are in special need of prayer. PRESENCE Attendance for Dec. 18, 2011 675

GIFTS Offering received Dec. 18, 2011 $22,988



ANNOUNCEMENTS BE A PART OF THIS MINISTRY We invite you to explore the Dayspring family by attending our next NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION class. For more information, please contact Carol Coleman at or (480) 838-1446. Dayspring Members and Friends - If you are utilizing our Electronic Funds Transfer for your giving, and have changed the amount of your pledge, please be sure to fill out a new form for 2012. Forms are available in the church office or one can be mailed to you. Thank you! The 2012 Altar Flower and Food Basket Calendars are now available in the narthex for sign-up. Thank you! Dayspring Youth Ministry (DYM) * There is NO Youth Sunday School today - Merry Christmas! * Confirmation Is Coming: Confirmation classes for youth in seventh grade and higher will begin on Sunday, January 15 at 1:30PM. A Parent’s meeting where questions will be answered and information packets can be obtained will be held immediately following the Church conference on Sunday, January 8 at 11:30AM. Information packets and registration forms are always available in the church office. Explorer’s Class is not meeting today or next Sunday. The class will resume on January 8 with a 3-week series on the “Traditions and Beliefs of Christianity: Where, When and How did they come into being?” This series, led by Dr. Dale Bowen, will explore a range of cultural beliefs, sacred literatures and festivals in search of the answers to theses ageold questions. All adults are welcome. Adult Bible Study - This class will not meet today or Jan. 1. During the month of January, the class will be finishing the Old Testament, discussing the return from the Exile. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Cathy Smoot at (480) 497-2948. Contemporary Issues will not meet today or next Sunday. The class will resume at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 8. Singles at Dayspring Singles, Etc. Lunches - Each Sunday after the second service, those who want to go out for lunch as a group meet at the restaurant listed below. If you attend first service, please join us! This morning we will

gather at 11:30 a.m. under the name “Dayspring”. December 25 Change of Restaurant to Coco’s - SW corner of Elliot and Hardy. “Connections” is a Dayspring mission that advocates for the intrinsic worth of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation. It offers support to and education about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons and their families. It also hosts the Tempe PFLAG group meeting each first Friday of the month. Our clergy can provide the names of “Connections” members for you to contact. Brown Bag Lunch - Come join us for Brown Bag Lunch every Tuesday at 12:00 noon. Bring your own lunch and socialize with people from the church. We always have a good time! Come and be part of this fun group! Koinonikos Schedule - The next deadline date for the newsletter is January 15, and will include events in the month of February. Need a tax credit donation? Please consider donating to Dayspring Kindergarten through the Arizona Scholarship Fund. Past donations have helped families in need with scholarships for kindergarten. Forms are available in the church office, the Preschool office before Dec. 18 th, or by visiting the Arizona Scholarship Fund website at Thank you! What do all kids want for Christmas? - Summer Camp! Gift certificates are available for purchase on-line. The 2012 Mingus Mountain Camp summer schedule, program description and additional information about camp gift certificates are all available at For questions, contact Debbie Albert at (602) 266-6956, (800) 299-8622 ex. 215, or

Merry Christmas!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU THIS WEEK AT DAYSPRING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 - Merry Christmas! 10:00 AM - Worship 4:00 PM - Alcoholics Anonymous, Fellowship Hall - AA Teen Meeting, Room 110 5:10 PM - Al-Anon, Fellowship Hall - AA Teen Meeting, Room 110 MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 - Office Closed TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 8:45 AM - Yoga, Media Center 12:00 PM - Brown Bag Lunch, Room 112 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 11:00 AM - Prayer Shawl Ministry, Room 112 6:00 PM - Family Promise Volunteer Party, Media Center THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 - Office Closed 7:00 AM - College Welcome Home Banquet, Adult Room FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 - Office Closed SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 - Happy New Year! 10:00 AM - Worship Service, Communion

. . . the Dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet unto the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79 KJV

The ministers of this church are its members. Those who assist them are: Bishop Minerva Carcaño Rev. Robert Burns, District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jane A. Tews, Senior Pastor Rev. George Smoot, Associate Pastor Rev. L. Michael Kelley, Minister of Music Carol Coleman, Minister of Spiritual Formation Jill Moyer, Church Secretary Kris Kroeger, Program Secretary Susie Seckel, Financial Secretary Mary Sievert, Music Associate Julie Hackmann, Director of Bell Choirs JulieAnne Weissberg, Director of Children's Music Jackie Miller, Director of Cherub Choir Kris Kroeger, Youth Ministries Coordinator Kay Luzaich, Children’s Coordinator Linda Falk, Preschool Director Marilyn Bunte, Nursery Coordinator. Ron Venturini, Facilities Maintenance Frankie Vasquez, Custodian Jeanie Carr, Bookkeeper* *Independent Contractor

Dayspring United Methodist Church is a welcoming congregation. We welcome all people, regardless of age, sex, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, or ability into the full life of this congregation. •

Dayspring United Methodist Church 1365 East Elliot Road • Tempe, Arizona 85284-1608 (480) 838-1446

Dec. 25 Bulletin  

Bulletin for worship services at Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, Arizona.