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Name of Jesus
January 1, 2017
Sunday School 10 AM Worship Service 11 AM
Evangelical Lutheran Worship Holy Communion, Setting Ten
From the beginning, by virtue of our baptism, we are called Christian. We were
“Christ-ened” at the font. Bearing his name, we share the same Father and are
invited to address him intimately: Abba! Jesus bears our sins in humble obedience
to the will of the Father. Today we pray that the mind of Christ, whose name
we bear, would be our own. It is a good way to begin, again, another year.
Preparation You are invited to offer silent prayer as you
prepare your hearts and minds for worship.
Lighting of Candles
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
Confession and Forgiveness (standing as you are able)
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism as the pastor begins.
P Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,
the Word made flesh,
the Power of the Most High,
one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
P Gathered in the name of Jesus, let us confess our sin against God.
and our neighbor.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P Gracious God,
C in Christ Jesus you come among us
As light shining in darkness.
We confess our failure to welcome this light.
Forgive us and renew our hope,
so that we may live in the light of your grace,
and welcome the truth of Christ the Lord. Amen.
P I bring you good news of great joy for all the people:
To you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.
Your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ name.
C Amen.
Gathering Song Cold December Flies Away ELW 299
(remain standing)
Greeting (remain standing)
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C And also with you.
Canticle of Praise O Come, All Ye Faithful ELW 283, st. 3
(remain standing)
Prayer of the Day (remain standing)
P Let us pray. Eternal Father, you gave your incarnate Son the holy name of
Jesus to be a sign of our salvation. Plant in every heart the love of the
Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen
Announcements (please sit)
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
First Reading Numbers 6:22-27
God commanded Aaron to say these words, known as the Aaronic benediction,
in blessing the people of Israel. We too are marked with God’s name and God’s
blessing as we are sent from our assemblies into the world.
L A reading from the 6th chapter of the book of Numbers.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus
you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
L Word of God, word of life.
C Thanks be to God.
Second Reading Philippians 2: 5-11
This early Christian hymn points to Christ’s self-emptying obedience on the cross
as cause for his exaltation by God and worthy of praise by the entire cosmos.
L A reading from the 2nd chapter of the book of Philippians.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in
the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to
the point of death—even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted
him and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of
Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
L Word of God, word of life.
C Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation (standing as you are able)
Gospel Luke 2: 15-21 (remain standing)
Eight days after his birth, Jesus is circumcised according to Jewish law and given
the name announced by the angel before his conception.
P Listen, as once again the good news of our Lord comes to us in the
reading of the Holy Gospel, this week from Luke, the 2nd chapter.
C Glory to you, O Lord.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one
another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went with haste and found
Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
When they saw this, they
made known what had been told them about this child;
and all who heard it
were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
But Mary treasured all these
words and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called
Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you, O Christ. (please sit)
Sermon Pastor Mary
Hymn of the Day At the Name of Jesus ELW 416
(standing as you are able)
Apostles’ Creed (remain standing)
C I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of Intercession (remain standing)
P Rejoicing in the good news of Christ’s birth and dwelling in hope, let us
pray for the church, those in need, and all of creation.
A brief silence.
L Blessed Jesus, your name is proclaimed through preaching, sacraments,
music, art, and all forms of creativity. Bring together congregations and
leaders from various traditions to make you known.
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
L Blessed Jesus, you reveal yourself through creation, here on earth and
throughout the cosmos. Protect endangered species, bring favorable
weather, and guide us to be good stewards of all that you have made.
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
L Blessed Jesus, you show nations and leaders the way of the humble
servant. Guide all in authority to use power for the benefit of all people
throughout the world. Especially we pray for our people in service at
home and abroad, Dylan Couglar, Jeremy Hefner, Annalisa Hernandez,
Jason Honeycutt, Michael Mateyunas, Andrew Phalan, Angelo Martinez,
and Michael Smevog,
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
L Blessed Jesus, you attend to the needs of your brothers and sisters. Hear
the cry of those who call upon your name especially for Fred LaFone,
Carol Sims, Tom Wilson, Dick Isenhour, Betty Isenhour, Dot Isenhour,
Mary & Wayne Mason, Murrell & Faye Martin, Thelma Miller, Betty
Abernathy, Algae Moody, Linda Almond,Thelma Icard, Agnes Pruitt, Gail
Sigmon, Paul & Linda Isenhour, Kelly Ross, Pete Ross, Chuck Bollinger,
Randell Childers, Dot & Lander Bumgarner, Areyshea Dunbar, Bob Meyer,
Bud Riley, Jill Boston, Willow Boston, Shirley Ramseur, Angie Hodge,
Richard DeAndrea, Millie Kelley, Ellen Wilson, Rita Busbee, Andy Sigmon,
John Distki, Raeford Deal, Harold Prichard, Jackie Queen, Alesia Clongier,
Janette Sims, Tracy Royal, Joann Gallo, Joann Geramine, and Phaedra
Pistone and send caregivers to provide help to all in need.
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
L Blessed Jesus, you shower us with your grace. Accompany students
returning to school, workers who rest from a busy holiday season, and
your people gathered here for worship.
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
L Blessed Jesus, you emptied yourself to take on our likeness and form so we
are blessed to become children of God. Inspire us by the witness of the
faithful departed to confess your name above all names.
Lord, in your mercy, C hear our prayer.
P Hear the prayers of your people, glorious God, for the sake of the one
who took on our nature and form to redeem the whole world, Jesus
Christ, our Savior and Lord. C Amen.
By walking around, the pastor and congregation may greet one another in the
name of the Lord.
P The peace of Christ be with you always.
C And also with you.
Please be seated
We offer our thanks for God’s goodness to us.
PRAYER BASKET The prayer basket is passed so that the congregation can choose
a person(s) to pray for through the month.
Offering Please sit while an offering is gathered for the mission of the
church, including the care of those in need.
Offering Music Renee’s choice
Offering Song What Child Is This ELW 296, st. 3
(Standing as you are able as offering is brought forward)
Offering Prayer (remain standing)
P God with us:
You came as a baby to a manger.
You slept on straw and greeted shepherds.
You come again in bread and wine.
C Remind us how good you are at blessing ordinary things.
And then, through these gifts,
help us to bless the lives of others
in the strength of your holy name.
Great Thanksgiving
Dialogue (remain standing)
P The Lord be with you. C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts. C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Preface (remain standing)
P It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all
places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through
our Savior Jesus Christ. In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh
you have opened the eyes of faith to a new and radiant vision of your glory,
that, beholding the God made visible, we may be drawn to love the God
whom we cannot see. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church
on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their
unending hymn:
Thanksgiving at the Table (remain standing)
P Holy God, Creator of all and Source of life, at the birth of time
your word brought light into the world. In the fullness of time,
you sent your Word, born of Mary, to shine in our darkness
and to make us your daughters and sons.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and
gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat;
this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to
drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and
for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of
P Remembering, therefore, his birth and life among us, his death and
resurrection, we await his coming again when all things will be
restored in him.
P By your Spirit bless us and this bread and cup, that, held and
nourished by you, we may live as your children, shining with
the light of your Son.
C Through him all glory and honor is yours, Almighty Father,
with the Holy Spirit, in your holy Church, both now and forever. Amen
Lord’s Prayer (remain standing)
P Lord, remember us in your kingdom and hear us as we pray:
C 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 and ever. Amen.
Communion (remain standing)
P Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let every heart receive your Savior.
Come, eat and drink!
C Thanks be to God.
Please be seated until an usher comes to your pew
All are welcome at the Lord’s Supper. We offer grape juice (always lighter in color) or wine for
you to choose. The gift of life will be offered in a cup that you pick up on the small table, or by
intinction (dipping the bread into the fruit of the vine.) Gluten free wafers are available as are
regular wafers. Listen with joy and hope when the server says “Given and shed for you.”
Children are welcome to commune or come forward for a blessing at parent’s choice.
Communion Canticle/Hymn Of the Father’s Love Begotten ELW 295
(remain seated)
Blessing after all have communed. (standing as you are able)
P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep
us in his grace.
C Amen.
Prayer after Communion (remain standing)
P Let us pray. On this day, O God, you gave us
Christ the Son to save us.
As you sent the one foretold,
send us now with good news for all people.
C Let the gladness of this feast have no end
as we share with others the joy that fills us;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
Blessing (remain standing)
P May Christ, who by his incarnation
has filled us with grace and truth,
give you peace this Christmas and always.
Almighty God, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.
C Amen.
Sending Song Love Has Come ELW 292
(remain standing)
Dismissal (remain standing)
L Glory to God in the highest!
C Peace to God’s people on earth!
L Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.
C Thanks be to God!
Postlude (remain standing)
As we leave, we enter the mission field
where we do God’s work with our hands.
Copyright © 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg
Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB132686.
We the people of Faith shall share Jesus’ Good News by reaching out in service.
Mission Statement February 2015
PASTOR: Pastor Mary Miller-Zurell
Phone numbers for Congregational President, Vice-President, and Church Office
Keith Isenhour, Pres.
Telephone: 828-308-8568 (W)
Jill Pittman, Vice-Pres.
Telephone: 828-446-3950 (C)
Annette Byrd, Admin. Assistant
Telephone: 828-464-3804
The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of
Mildred Wilson
by Thomas, John and Ellen Wilson
THURSDAY: Conover Bridge Club -
10:00 AM
SATURDAY: Take Christmas Tree down -
8:45 AM
PASTOR: Please contact Pastor Mary if you have need
of pastoral care. Her church office phone # is 828-464-3804,
home # is 828-294-9911, cell # is 828-455-4053. Pastor Mary
can also be contacted via email:
Pastor Mary is generally “around” the two churches, our office,
and/or visiting people on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would
like to talk with her, please call to be sure she’s here.
Church Office will be closed tomorrow in observance of New Year’s
PLEASE HELP!!! We will take the Christmas tree down Saturday
morning, January 7th at 8:45 am. “Many hands make light work!”
OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2017 are on counter by mailboxes. If we missed
you please let the Admin. Asst. know ASAP.
NEW CALENDAR FOR YEAR 2017 is up! The new calendar is ready
to allow for members/committees to reserve a date for an up-coming
event for the future. Nothing like planning ahead!!
FLOWER CHART FOR YEAR 2017 is up! As in the past, there are
reservation cards and envelopes next to the chart that need to be
completed and given to the Administrative Assistant. Check it out!
SENIOR FRIENDS: On Tuesday, January 3rd Senior Friends will have
their monthly meeting. After their meeting they will be going out to
eat. Transportation is available by calling the church office or Carolyn
Sigmon, our president. Everyone is welcomed.
First WELCA Meeting of the New Year! Please go to St Timothy on
Tuesday, January 3rd, at 6:30 PM for Bible Study and then our
meetings. Please plan to attend.
Church Council meeting is next Sunday immediately following the
AM Worship service.
ECCCM has changed their church volunteer system. Instead of one
week a year they have changed it to one day a month. Faith has
been assigned the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ECCCM’s calendar will
be posted on the bulletin board across the hall from the office.
Randell Childers, cousin of Wayne Mason
Alesia Clongier, friend of Deb Webb
Barry Crawford, friend of Monroe Pannell & Kathy Moose
John Distki, step-dad of Debra Webb
Areyshea Dunbar, friend of Lisa Bridges
Richard DeAndrea, brother-in-law of Daymon & Debra Webb
Joann Gallo, friend of Deb Webb
Joann Geramine, sister of Deb Webb
Scott Hamrick, husband of a friend of Mary McDaniels
Angie Hodge, friend of Debra Webb
Thelma Icard, friend of Lisa Bridges
Paul & Linda Isenhour, son & daughter in law of Dot Isenhour
Donald Keebler
Kevin McGee, grandson of Thelma Miller
Bob Meyer
Phaedra Pistone, niece of Betty Isenhour
Harold Pritchard, friend of Debra Webb
Agnes Pruitt, adopted granddaughter of Dot Isenhour
Bud Riley, friend of Reneé Anders
Kelly Ross, friend of Lisa Bridges
Pete Ross, friend of Lisa Bridges
Tracy Royal, friend of Deb Webb
Andy Sigmon. grandson of Carolyn Sigmon
Gail Sigmon, daughter-in-law of Carolyn Sigmon
Jackie Queen, co-worker of Daymon Webb
In the Military:
Dylan Couglar, son of co-worker of Lisa Bridges
SGT Jeremy Hefner, stationed at Ft. Bragg
SSGT Annalisa Hernandez, deployment to Afghanistan
SSGT Jason Honeycutt, US Army, friend of Lisa Bridges
SGT Angelo Martinez,deployment, nephew of the Webb’s
Michael Mateyunas
Major Andrew Phalan
Michael Smevog
Weekly Prayer List
In addition to praying for our church and
each other, please remember these
individuals and families during The Prayers,
today, and throughout the week:
For our Church: Praise God for the work
of the Holy Spirit in our congregation. Pray
that God will continue to grow and
strengthen our church and enable to do his
work and will in the world.
Members Ill or at Home:
Raeford Deal
Betty Isenhour
Dick Isenhour
Dot Isenhour
Millie Kelley
Fred LaFone - Brookdale of Hickory, Room 15
Faye Martin
Murrell Martin
Mary Mason
Wayne Mason
Thelma Miller
Shirley Ramseur
Carol Sims
Janette Sims
Ellen Wilson
Tom Wilson
Relatives and Friends:
Betty Abernathy, friend of Lisa Bridges
Linda Almond, co-worker of Lisa Bridges
Chuck Bollinger, friend of Ellen Wilson
Jill Boston, co-worker of Lisa Bridges
Willow Boston, friend of Lisa Bridges
Dot & Lander Bumgarner, former members of Faith
Rita Busbee, friend of Monroe Pannell & Kathy Moose
We’re glad you have chosen to worship here today!
Below you will find some notes and instructions to help guide you through the service.
We hope you enjoy the service and that you will worship here again soon.
PLEASE SIGN AND PASS THE FRIENDSHIP REGISTER as you prepare for worship, and
greet those seated near you. Please share the register with those who arrive after
it has been passed so that they are included in our records.
AN INVITATION TO COMMUNE on communion Sundays is extended to all baptized persons
who believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament. You will be offered a
choice of grape juice or wine. Gluten free communion wafers are available as are regular
ones. Children commune in their home congregations are also welcome at the Lord’s
Supper. Children who do not commune may come forward with their parents to receive
a blessing.
IF YOU ARE A VISITOR TODAY please take a moment to sign the guest book, located
on the stand by the entrance to the nave. There are also welcome packets full of
information about the church and what it means to be Lutheran; please feel free
to take one and learn more about this church!
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS or need any kind of assistance, please don’t hesitate to let
the ushers know; they’re glad you’re here and they’re glad to help!
THE FULL LITURGY of the service is printed in this bulletin, to help make your worship
experience simpler and more enjoyable. When there is a hymn that is not reprinted it is
indicated in the bulletin. Then, simply refer to the book indicated to find it (With One
Voice [WOV] is the blue book, Evangelical Lutheran Worship [ELW] is the red book;
copies are located in each pew).
WE HOPE YOU WILL BE HERE OFTEN, both for worship and to study God’s Word at Sunday
Church School, which meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. If you do not have a church home,
we wholeheartedly invite you to become part of this church family!
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
439 7th Street Place SW, Conover, North Carolina 28613
(828) 464-3804 *