January 4, 2015 – The Star – (Bourne UMC)

Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord. Ephesians 3:1-12 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd...

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Week of January 4, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Jan. 4th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School Thursday, Jan. 8th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne Sunday, Jan. 11th: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School ALTAR FLOWERS NEEDED: A new flower chart for 2015 has been posted outside the sanctuary. Please sign up! THERE WILL BE A JANUARY/FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER coming out later in January. Please have any articles you would like included submitted to the church office by Tuesday, January 20th. Thank you! LIKE TO SING? The Saints and Singers chorus is starting rehearsals for the Easter season on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 7:00 pm, at the Bourne United Methodist Church, 37 Sandwich Rd., Bourne (next to the Bourne Library). Come hear the music and become part of the Saints and Singers family. We are an ecumenical chorus, entering our 36th year, dedicated to bringing God’s message to communities in southeast New England through music. We welcome all voices, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, rehearsing once a week on Thursdays. If you’re not a singer but would still like to be a part of this wonderful, God-loving group, we also need help with sound and light tech duties, which will be explained to you. For more information, please call Tom Pucci @ 508-958-7479; or Mary Hough @ 508-789-8220....

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