Happy New Year, and welcome to DisciplesNet Worship! Today in this second Sunday after Christmas we continue to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. As we look ahead for how to react in this new year in a world that seems to be spilling over with fear, hate, and trouble, our worship today draws upon the prophets of old who reminded people to not fear, but instead look to God and God's ways. We are most honored to have Reverend Shannon Dycus bringing our message today--a friend of our DisciplesNet staff and niece of our DisciplesNet regular Rev. Charles Webb. Rev. Dycus draws upon the popular movie, The Truman Show, and the image within it when things went wrong, to "Cue the sun!" How would this look in your life? Our world?
Worship this week is 29 minutes, with hymns, prayer, scripture--and as with every week, a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me."
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond all earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink, such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening music, “Birthday of a King" Beverly Heid, piano
2. Welcome: Bob Shaw
3. Opening hymn: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," v 1,
4. Scripture: John 1:1-14 (NRSV), Deb Phelps
5. Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Russ Smith, "Away in the Manger" background
6. Song: “When God is a Child," Twana Harris, Dean Phelps
7. Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-16 (NRSV), Bob Shaw
8. Message: “Cue the Sun,” Shannon Dycus
9: Communion: Susan McNeely
10.Hymn: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," v. 3
11.Benediction: Shannon Dycus
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. And emailing address is: email@example.com
We also have a way of recognizing gifts in honor or memory of some person or event special to you. On our Giving Page, we have a special place to designate memorial gifts and we will send recognition of the gift to the giver or someone else whom you designate.
Please share this video around if you'd like. Hope to see you back next week. God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely