What is the Bibleâ€™s Message? January 13, 2019 9:30 a.m., Sanctuary The kingdom of God is not a set of correct opinions or beliefs, nor is it a physical destination in the clouds for us to go to when we die. It is a state of the soul. The overriding message of Jesus, and therefore of the whole Bible, is that in Jesusâ€™ life, death, and resurrection, the kingdom of God has come. Christianity is a religion of the heart.
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP We Gather in God’s Name ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
PRELUDE | Marche Triomphale Jules Grison, composer | Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire, organist *CALL TO WORSHIP Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news! Jesus comes with good news for the poor. Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Jesus comes to release the prisoners. Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Jesus comes to give sight to the blind. Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Jesus comes to liberate the oppressed. Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Jesus comes to bring the year of the Lord’s favor. Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! *OPENING HYMN | Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing 400 | Nettleton 1 Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love. 2 Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.
*Please rise in body or spirit.
3 O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is the one true church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare: We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power, and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good. We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need. We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen. *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. WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS CANTICLE OF LOVE | Hymn 646
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CALL TO PRAYER PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER CHORAL RESPONSE
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OFFERTORY | Be Thou My Vision Alice Parker, arranger | Chancel Choir
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What is the Bible’s Message? Dr. Scott Engle and Rev. Arthur Jones INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
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*CLOSING HYMN | O For a Heart to Praise My God Azmon O for a heart to praise my God, a heart from sin set free; a heart that’s sprinkled with the blood so freely shed for me: A heart resigned, submissive, meek, my great Redeemer’s throne; where only Christ is heard to speak, where Jesus reigns alone: A humble, lowly, contrite heart, believing, true, and clean, which neither life nor death can part from him that dwells within: A heart in every thought renewed, and full of love divine; perfect and right and pure and good — a copy, Lord, of thine. Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart, come quickly from above; write thy new name upon my heart, thy new best name of Love. *BENEDICTION POSTLUDE | Toccata on “Nettleton” Emma Lou Diemer, composer | YunJung Lee, Larry and Susan Hauser Organ Scholar
PRAYER FOCUS Need Prayer? No need is too big or too small for God. If you need help in this area of your life, our pastors and Prayer Team are available to pray for you. Please send your Prayer Request as directed below.
JOYS AND CONCERNS Hospital Ray Thomas Sympathy Mark and Candace Pinson in the death of father, Philip Faletto (Dec 30) Andrew, Austin, and Natalie Warrick and Tanya Kirsch Warrick in the death of mother and grandmother, Joan Adams Warrick (Jan 2) Sean, Cindy, Wells, Brody and Jack Lofgren in the death of mother and grandmother, Chiquita Lofgren (Jan 5) Long-Term Care Nancy Cates, Dan Cox, Glennys Damewood, John Elder, Mary Eubanks, John Hamilton, Jeff Simmons, and Betty White
You may share a joy, a concern or a sorrow by visiting our website at standrewumc.org/prayer or by calling our prayer line at 214-291-8044. Your requests are lifted up by our pastors and Prayer Team each week.
The Wesleyan Way: Worship Series | January 12/13-March 2/3 | Sometimes the “rules” of Christianity can seem so complex. An 18th century English pastor named John Wesley taught that the best guide for the journey of life and faith goes beyond the important forms and rituals of religion to a place of rediscovering the joy and freedom that the earliest followers of Jesus felt. Wesley sparked a worldwide revival of Christian faith by pointing to a way of following Jesus based on a real relationship where we can find God’s grace. This series looks at eight core aspects of faith that lead to a joyful and abundant life.
11th Annual Prom Closet | Prom Closet changes lives by providing prom attire and accessories, free of charge, to girls around the region and state. Get involved by donating or volunteering. standrewumc.org/PromCloset 5
UMM Annual Sweetheart Dinner and Movie | February 8, 6:00 p.m., Festival Hall Treat your sweetheart to a dinner catered by Maggianos and a movie. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets at signup table in Chapel hallway, Sunday mornings, January 27 and February 3. Cost is $30 per couple. Childcare available for $5. Contact Ron Weaver, firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare contact Defae Weaver, email@example.com. standrewumc.org/News/SweetheartNight Thursday Morning Bible Study-Winter Study | Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple by Adam Hamilton | January 24-February 28, 9:30 a.m., Room 131 | Peter was an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. Contact Connie, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-291-8004. Childcare available; contact Defae Weaver, email@example.com. standrewumc.org/adults United Methodist Women | Visit a group this winter. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults LIFT | January 13, 6:30 p.m., Room 131 | Sheillie Ross, Wesley Rankin Center, Dallas Rachel Group | January 14, 7:00 p.m., Room 126 | Rev. Arthur Jones to speak about ZOE Project PALS (People with Active Lifestyles) | Wednesdays (Except First of Month), 10:00 a.m., Room 131 | A group offering senior adults educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Contact Allison, firstname.lastname@example.org. standrewumc.org/adults JANUARY 16 | Cecily Ponce de Leon, Plano Public Library Manager 23 | Dr. Jonathan Gregoire, Associate Director of Music Organist at St. Andrew, organ tour and a mini-concert. Meet in the Sanctuary. 30 | Tour Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Ft. Worth, Bus will leave St. Andrew at 9:30 a.m. Career Care Ministry | Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Room 131 | A free, weekly support/ coaching group helping those who are out of work or “mis-employed” and seeking a career change. New Member Orientation at 6:00 p.m. in Room 133. standrewumc.org/support Women’s Spiritual Growth Group-New Study begins February 5th | First and Third Tuesday of Each Month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 120 (meets year round) | Join us for Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers by Margaret Feinberg, Contact Dawn, email@example.com. Chldcare available, contact Defae, dweaver@ standrewumc.org. standrewumc.org/adults “A Little Deeper” Book Club | Wednesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Room 126 Our book discussion in January is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. A light lunch will be served and please bring your own drink. All are welcome. standrewumc.org/adults Prayer Shawl Ministry | Third Tuesday of Every Month, 10:00 a.m., Room 120 | Prayer Shawls are knitted or crocheted for individuals experiencing devastating illness or loss. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, we can teach you. You may also knit or crochet on your own and donate shawls to the ministry. Contact Cathy Goddard, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover art by Briana Williams 6
GET INVOLVED |
Preschool Registration | At St. Andrew Preschool, we worship and learn, love and serve in a nationally-accredited program. We offer classes for 12 months through 5 years, and Pre-K 5. Registration is open January 28 through February 1. standrewumc.org/SAPreschool
Starting Point is the fastest way to get connected into deeper fellowship and growth at St. Andrew. This series of classes is held monthly on the first 3 Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 131. standrewumc.org/starting-point
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University February 12 - April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Room 131 | Learn how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, and experience the joy of giving. standrewumc.org/News/ FinancialPeace
Marriage Enrichment Seminar | February 1 6:00-8:30 p.m., Room 131 | A night out for couples! Enjoy laughter, games, music, messages and more. Achieve the great marriage God desires for you! standrewumc.org/News/MarriageSeminar
Love and Logic Class | Sundays, Jan. 13 Feb. 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Room 131 This parenting class helps build healthy, respectful relationships between parents and their children, offering practical steps along the way. Childcare available. standrewumc.org/News/LoveAndLogic
2019 Confirmation | Begins January 20 A 10-month program designed to help current 8th graders take ownership of their faith through lessons, small group discussion, retreats, service and community. Contact Holly Blais. Register now. standrewumc.org/Confirmation 7
Winter Connection Groups Series: The Weslyan Way | Weeks of January 13-March 3 | We will walk through the different teachings of John Wesley as we explore what it means to live a faith that engages our heart, mind, and soul. standrewumc.org/connectiongroups
Connection Nights | Tuesdays, January 15-March 5, 6:30 p.m., Festival Hall Connection Nights are where new Connection Groups are formed. Staff and volunteers will guide you through each session. Groups will discuss weekly topics, video content, and scripture. Come make deeper connections through discussion and prayer. standrewumc.org/connectiongroups
A Night with the Authors, Bishop Scott Jones and Rev. Arthur Jones | January 13 5:30 p.m., Smith Worship Center | Through scripture and the theology of John Wesley, discover ways we can live a deeper and more committed faith. Books available for purchase. Childcare available by reservation. standrewumc.org/News/Authors
Embracing the Bible | January 13 11:00 a.m., Smith Worship Center Whether you rarely open the Bible or have notes on every page, we invite you to Scott Engle’s new series, Embracing the Bible. During this series in Scott’s weekly class, we’ll look at big questions such as how we got the Bible and how we can read it better, as well as important stories and passages. standrewumc.org/News/Embrace
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