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December 27, 2015

8:50 & 11 a.m. Worship Services

We exist to connect all people with Jesus Christ.


We do this by welcoming enthusiastically, growing deeply and serving courageously.

204 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Mo. 65201


(573) 443-3111 www.moumc.org

/MissouriUMC

8:50 & 11 a.m. Worship

The prelude is a silent, personal preparation for the worship of God.


(+) Please stand as you are able and comfortable.
Responsive readings: One (Italics) All (Bold)
FWS = The Faith We Sing, UMH = United Methodist Hymnal
Children of all ages are welcome in our worship services.
Childrens worship and activity packets are available at the entrances.
They may be left in the pew or returned to one of the baskets following worship.

y Coming Together into Gods Presence z


PRELUDE

The First Noel (Kenneth D. Varner)

GATHERING AND GREETING


CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We meet to worship God and to remember, tell, and show Gods love.
All: Like a bright star in the night sky,
the life of Christ lights up the whole world.
One: The star of hope shines on, and no darkness will overcome it.
All: The light of Christ shows us who we are and what we can be,
where we have been and where we should go.
One: Let us walk in the light and give thanks to God.
All: We walk in the light of Christ as bearers of hope and love for the world.
(adapted from Brian Wren)
+OPENING MUSIC UMH NO. 220

Angels from the Realms of Glory

11:00 SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM UMH NO. 35


Phoebee Marie Thompson, daughter of Kadee and Steven
8:50 CHILDRENS TIME 
FWS NO. 2233

Nancy Cooper, Childrens & Family Life Leader

Children are welcome to remain with their family in worship or may proceed now to
participate in one of these ministries:
8:50
Children 1 year 2nd Grade: Childrens Church and Serendipity Choir (W6)
11:00
Children Kindergarten and under: Nursery Care (W7)
Parents and children reconnect following worship at the room listed.

SPECIAL MUSIC

y Receiving the Word of God z


SCRIPTURE

John 1:1-5 (CEB)

This is the Word of God for all people.


Thanks be to God.

SERMON

The Wisdom of Christmas

Rev. Trista Soendker Nicholson

y Responding to the Word of God z


HYMN OF RESPONSE UMH NO. 249

Theres a Song in the Air

PASTORAL PRAYER
THE LORDS PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
OFFERTORY
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (Robert Elmore)
To give your offering electronically, scan this QR code or
click the DONATE button at www.moumc.org.
+DOXOLOGY UMH NO. 94
Praise God, from whom all blessing 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

y Sending Forth into the World z


+HYMN OF SENDING FORTH UMH NO. 254

We Three Kings

+BENEDICTION
+POSTLUDE

Angels We Have Heard On High (Dale Wood)

TODAYS WORSHIP LEADERSHIP: Rev. Trista Soendker Nicholson; Rev. Hank Jenkins
Marty Hook, Director of Music; Jenna Braaksma, Pianist; Craig Datz, Organist
The poinsettias that grace the chancel this Christmas season are given to the Glory of God by
the Missouri UMC congregation. A booklet of those honored and remembered is available from
the ushers. You are welcome to take home a poinsettia after the 11 a.m. service today.
Flower Acknowledgments
The flowers that grace the chancel this Sunday morning are given to the glory of God by
Lori and Sid Popejoy; Kate and Shawn Houser; Damen Popejoy; Leonard and Virginia
Wiegand in loving memory of Adam Thomas Popejoy. We will always love and miss you
and by
Mark Anderson in celebration of the Advent season with those seeking the birth of Christ
and those who walk alongside.

Today

Turning Point 2016 Calendar for sale - Jane Mudd, an art


professor on the faculty at Williams Woods University in Fulton
spent considerable time this past summer at Turning Point, getting
to know and producing a series of painted portraits of some of the
folks she met there. You might have seen the portraits on display at
the performances of A Night at the Shelter in November. They
will be on display at the Boone County Historical Society galleries
in early 2016. In addition to being generous with her time on this
project, Jane has graciously allowed Turning Point to put together a
2016 calendar incorporating 15 of the paintings as a fundraiser. A
sample is in the church office. The cost is $25, and benefits Turning
Point, an organization run by Wilkes Blvd. UMC that provides
services with dignity and hope for Columbians experiencing
homelessness.
Jeff Middle School Wish List - Once again, we are supporting
our Partner in Education, Jeff Middle School, with their annual wish
list. Please stop in the Connector and select an item from their
wish list, purchase and bring it to the church office (with the item
and teacher name attached). Please contact Rev. Hank Jenkins with
any questions at hank@moumc.org.
2016 Altar Flowers - If youd like to provide flowers for morning
worship, please sign up on the chart in the Connector.

Opportunities to Serve

Say Yes! Make Missouri Your Church Home - Have you been
coming to worship at Missouri for the last few months or years and
now youre ready to say yes; yes to God and yes to Gods church? If
you sense God calling you to join the church by baptism, transfer, or
profession of faith, we welcome you to do so any time. Simply email
Pastor Charity at charity@moumc.org expressing your interest or
ask questions you may have that will help you make a decision later.
Worship Tech Volunteers - Training will be provided.
Golf Cart Drivers Needed - Volunteering for this team involves
a commitment of just two hours on one Sunday each month.
Contact Jo at 443-3111 or jo@moumc.org.

Coming Up

Help UMCOR Help in Syria - Interested in helping the refugee


crisis in Syria and Europe?United Methodist Committee on Relief
(UMCOR) has a donation site available! Check it out here: http://
tinyurl.com/umcorresponse.
Room at the Inn (RATI) Emergency Winter Shelter will be
open Dec. 20 through March 3, 2016. Our mission is to provide
a warm and safe place to sleep during the cold winter months
for those in our community without shelter. Missouri UMC is
co-hosting Jan. 31 through Feb. 14. Email Connie Carpenter at
roomattheinncomo@gmail.com to sign up to help.

Welcome to Missouri
United Methodist Church
December 27, 2015
Our Presence
Please place this sheet in the offering plate.
o8:00Worship o8:50Worship o11:00Worship
Name ______________________________
Street Address ________________________
___________________________________
City, State, ZIP ________________________
Phone ____________________________
Email_____________________________
This is a new:

oAddress oPhone #
oEmail

I am a/We are:
oMember(s)
oGuest: o1st time o2nd time
oRegular Attendee(s)
oStudent at _______________________
How did you learn about us?
__________________________________

Our Prayers
oShare with Prayer Team & Caring Ministries
oShare with Prayer Team & Staff
oConfidential Pastors Only
___________________________________
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Our Gifts
oMy offering is made via regular electronic funds
transfers.
oPlease send form/instructions so I can begin
donating electronically.

Name_________________________
Preferred Method of Contact:
oPhone_______________________
oE-mail_______________________

I/We would like to:

oSubscribe to the weekly email newsletter,


The Messenger (provide email above)
oFind out more about
oWednesday Night Live
oGrowth Groups
oChildrens ministry
oMUMY (Youth) activities
oCollege Age/Young Adult activities
oSinging in the Choir
oUnited Methodist Women
oLinked to Learn Tutoring Ministry
oPrayer Shawl Ministry
oDiscovery Days Preschool
oContainer Project
oHaiti Clean Water Team

Join us next week for a new worship series! Well be exploring


these themes on Sundays and on Wednesday nights!

Stop by the coffee shop in the Connector


for your favorite specialty coffee drink!

oServe with Room at the Inn at MUMC Jan. 31


through Feb. 14
oServe with the Worship Technology Team
(slides & sound)
oServe as a golf cart driver
oServe in the Nursery Sunday, Jan. 3

Send an email to roomattheinncomo@gmail.com


to volunteer for any day now
through March 3.
MUMC will be the host site
Jan. 31-Feb. 14.
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I am interested in the following:


oHow to live a life of faith
oGeneral information
oBaptism information
oMembership information
oOther ___________________________
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