Thursday, January 5, 2012

News and Readings January 8-15 2012

The Word Newsletter - January 2012
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News and Announcements:

Sun     Jan 8                  Early Service –

                                    Celebration Service –

                                  Traditional Service with short stories & poetry –

Mon    Jan 9                  New Bible Study – with the Seekers

Tues    Jan 10               Daughters of the King meeting –            

Wed    Jan 11                Bible Study

                                    Mid Week Eucharist

                                    Celebration Band

Thur    Jan  12               Choir practice

                                    Brownie Troop Meeting                  

Sun     Jan  15               Early Service –

                                    Celebration Service –

                                    Traditional Service –

The flowers on the Altar are given, to the glory of God, by Helen Ann Ferguson in loving memory of her husband, Bernard B. Ferguson, Jr.

ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE CONGREGATION:  Starting Monday, January 9th, at Wayne Willis will be leading a study group based on the CBS series, “Where was God in 911?”  There will be big screen excerpts from the series followed by questions and exploration of faith, doubt, our expectations and definitions of God.  This should be a dynamic time together...hope to see you there.  THE SEEKERS.

Sundays At Four
“The Saxophone Goes Classic”
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Trinity United Methodist Church
Ed Fraedrich & Dr. Sheri Oyan
Anthony Smith, piano
Tickets at Door: Adult $20, Student $5

7.45 Readings January 8th At the 11am Service  we will have a selection of readings and poetry read by the congregation

+The First Lesson: God, who existed before all time, calls the world into being throughhis divine creative power. God’s life-giving act brings light amid the darkness.

A Reading from Genesis [1:1-5]

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                           People: Thanks be to God

Psalm 29 Page 620, BCP

Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.

And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, "Glory!"

The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.

The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.


+The Second Lesson: Paul baptizes new believers in the name of the living Lord Jesus.They are thereby anointed by God himself and they manifest the gifts of the Spirit.

A Reading from Acts  [19:1-7]:

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Then he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They answered, "Into John's baptism." Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied-- altogether there were about twelve of them.

Reader: The Word of the Lord                                                                                           People: Thanks be to God

Reading January 8th

Reader:  A reading from Acts [19:1-7]

Paul baptizes new believers in the name of the living Lord Jesus.They are thereby anointed by God himself and they manifest the gifts of the Spirit.

Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?"

   "We've never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?"

 "How were you baptized, then?" asked Paul.

   "In John's baptism."

 "That explains it," said Paul. "John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you've been baptized in John's baptism, you're ready now for the real thing, for Jesus."

And they were. As soon as they heard of it, they were baptized in the name of the Master Jesus. Paul put his hands on their heads and the Holy Spirit entered them. From that moment on, they were praising God in tongues and talking about God's actions. Altogether there were about twelve people there that day

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

People:  Open our ears to hear your Word.

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