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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Traditional Order of Worship

Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:00 AM


WELCOME Ms. Linda Scott



CALL TO WORSHIP (Isaiah 49, The Message) Ms. Scott
L: Listen up, everyone! God has given us work to do.

P: God has called each of us before we were even born.

L: It was God who named us.

P: It is God who claims us.

L: The light of God’s love shines in us.

P: Let’s shine God’s love into all the world!

*OPENING HYMN Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise No. 103

(Lighting of the Candles – Acolytes)

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed No. 881




CHOIR ANTHEM The Lord Be Near Us arr. Hopson

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Mrs. Kristen Schwartz

*HYMN OF PREPARATION O Jesus, I Have Promised (vs. 1 & 4) No. 396

*SCRIPTURE READING 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Dr. Rick C. Dye

SERMON The Fulfilled Life Dr. Dye




(Please register your attendance on the attendance pad at the end of each pew.)

OFFERTORY Love Lifted Me arr. McDonald

Organ-piano Duet, Dr. Pam Wurgler, pianist


*CLOSING HYMN Christ for the World We Sing No. 568

(Extinguishing of the Candles – Acolytes)



POSTLUDE Arise, O True Disciples Glycannon

*You are invited to stand, as you are able.

Dr. Pam Wurgler, Chancel Choir Director | Mrs. Joan Bowker, Organist

Acolytes – Sydney Scott & Madelyn Myers


In memory of David Richardson by: In memory of Tootie Oakley by:

Jim Richardson Dr. & Mrs. Dewey Dean

In memory of Joe Chaney by:

Betsy & David, Amanda & John, and Rob & Susan

Our Financial Stewardship and Attendance

Received week of January 8, 2017: $17,365.00

Receipts YTD: $41,777.14

Budget YTD: $30,188.66

Attendance for 1/8/2017

Worship Services: 325

Sunday School: 124


This Week (1/15)

Next Week (1/22)

Early Light: Kay Wand Team

Early Light: Tim Tidwell Team

Traditional: David Graham Team

Traditional: David Graham Team

Caring Friends Birthdays

1/15 – Ann Doran, Hickory Woods, 84 Utterback Road, Murray, KY 42071

1/23 – Janna Hughes, 1810 Valley Drive, Murray, KY 42071
Liturgists Needed

Liturgists are very important to the worship services. In the Early Light Worship Service the liturgist is the person who says the prayers and assists as needed in the worship service. In the Traditional Worship Service the liturgist welcomes everyone to service, leads the call to worship, says the prayers and assists in other aspects of worship. If you would be willing to serve the church in this area, please contact the church office (270-753-3812).

Stay Active in 2017

The gym will be open for walking Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4 PM unless there is an event or activity taking place. You may check out a lap counter in the church office. If the gym is closed, a note will be in the bulletin and/or a note placed on the door. Let’s stay active in 2017!

Birthday Celebration for Bob Saywell

Bro. Saywell is turning 80! Come celebrate Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2-4 PM in the FUMC Social Hall. Please no gifts.

NEW Kids and Youth Music Ensemble starts January 29

Do you have a child/youth that loves to sing or play an instrument? Would they like an opportunity to share these gifts for worship? Then they would love the new group we are creating at our church!! Directed by Melinda Paul, the group is open to all who are interested and will meet from 4:30-5:30 beginning Jan. 29th. We will prepare a piece for March 26th to help celebrate Children’s Sabbath. There will also be opportunities to assist Dave Gesler on Wednesday night for kids/youth worship. Please contact Melinda at racers8751@gmail.com or show up on the 29th, if you want to join the fun. Looking forward to praising God and sharing our gifts and talents for His glory.

Join us today for BIG Children’s church

& Sunday school.
Family Game Night | January 22

The Children’s Ministry Team is sponsoring a Family Game Night on Sunday, January 22, at 5 PM. Families of all ages are welcome to come to the gym for a church-wide fellowship potluck. Board games will follow the meal. If you have questions, contact Kristen at kids@murrayfirst.com.

United Methodist Kids starts back on January 25
Route 56 starts back on January 29
If you have any questions about our children’s ministry,
please email Kristen at kids@murrayfirst.com.

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We’re on our Winter Break!

ALL regular programming resumes the week of January 22nd!
Youth Return tonight from Mission Day/Ski Trip
January 18th- UMY Leadership Meeting (used to be S.A.L.T.)
If you have any questions about our youth ministry,
please email Katie at youth@murrayfirst.com.

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Join us Tuesday and Thursday at 9 AM in the gym

for Walk by Faith exercise group.
Join us Wednesday at 9:30 AM in the Study
(Educational Building) for Dominos!

Prime Timers' Sweetheart Luncheon

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM in the Social Hall

Special entertainment by the Playhouse in the Park's Old Duffers and Powder Puffers presenting Noah (& Mrs. Noah).

On the Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Wild Rice, Green Beans, Spinach Orange Salad, Rolls, Strawberry Crepes. Cost: $7.85 per person.

Please sign up in the church office by Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017.

Thank you for choosing to worship at Murray First UMC today! If you are visiting with us for the first time and are searching for a church home, please fill out the Guest Connection Card and place it in the offering plate. For more information about the programs and ministries of Murray First, visit our Welcome Center. Returning guests, regular attendees and members, please register your attendance in the attendance pad at the end of each pew.

Nursery Care and Children’s Church

The nursery is available during worship services for children ages 0-3. The nursery is located west of the Sanctuary. Look for Noah and his friends on the Ark! If you need help finding the nursery, ask one of our friendly ushers. Children’s church meets downstairs in God’s BIG Backyard after the children’s message every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month. Children’s Church is for kids ages 3-3rd grade. Parents pick up and sign out kids at the conclusion of worship.

Interested in Becoming a Member?

If you are interested in joining the church or have questions about the process or what it means to be a United Methodist, contact Dr. Rick Dye (pastor@murrayfirst.com) at 270-753-3812.

Sew-A-Thon | Starts January 30th!

You are invited to cut, press, sew and serge dresses, shorts and blankets for missions. We will begin at 9 AM January 30 – February 3. Hope you will be able to join us in this special mission. For more information, contact Margaret Fritts (270-293-8068).

4th Monday Book Club

We will meet on Mon., Jan. 23rd at 5 PM to discuss The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood. We meet on the 2nd floor of the CLC building.

Bible Studies

Financial Peace University | Starts January 26 @ 6:30 PM

If you signed up for the course, the introduction and passing out of materials will be January 19th at 6:30 PM in CLC 204 and the course will start January 26th at 6:30 PM in CLC 204. Instructor: Larry Hall

Glory Days | Starts Wednesday, February 1 @ 5:30 PM

In Glory Days, Max Lucado draws on the story of Joshua to show how God has a Promised Land for each of us to claim. In God's plan we win more than we lose, forgive as quickly as we are offended, and give as abundantly as we receive. Sign up for this 6-week Bible Study in the church office and pay for your supplies by January 15th. The cost will be $10 for the required participant guide per person/couple. You may also purchase the book for $10. Leaders: Valerie Waller & Patricia Parrish

Prayer Concerns

Debbie McDaniel

Donna Parker

(Craig Suiter’s aunt)

Bobbie Waters

Dale Outland

Dan Walker

(Melva Loveridge’s


Ron Wuest

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, January 15

8:45 AM

Early Light Worship Service

9:50 AM

Sunday School

11:00 AM

Traditional Worship Service

12:30 PM

Community Kitchen

3:30 PM

Sunday Strings (Choir Room)

5:00 PM

Men’s Bible Fellowship (Jeffrey Conf. Room)

Hope UMW Circle (CLC 204)

Monday, January 16

Church Office Closed in Observance of MLK Day

9:30 AM

Wesleyan UMW Circle (CLC Conference Room)

7:00 PM

Friendship-Hannah UMW Circle (CLC Conf. Room)

Tuesday, January 17

9:00 AM

Walk by Faith (Gym)

1:00 PM

Staff Meeting (CLC Conference Room)

5:30 PM

Finance Meeting (CLC Conference Room)

Wednesday, January 18

9:30 AM

Eunice’s Food Ministry (Need Line)

10:00 AM

Covenant Prayer Group (CLC Conference Room)

5:00 PM

UMK Leaders Meeting

HELP House Open (‘til 8 PM)

6:00 PM

UMY Leadership Meeting

SPRC Meeting (CLC Conference Room)

6:15 PM

Handbell Choir Rehearsal

7:30 PM

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

8:30 PM

Praise Team Rehearsal

Thursday, January 19

9:00 AM

Walk by Faith (Gym)

6:30 PM

Financial Peace University (CLC 204)

Friday, January 20

1:00 PM

HELP House Open (‘til 4 PM)

6:30 PM

Cub Scouts Lock-in (Gym)

January Memory Verse

The Fruit of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

There is no law against such things.
~ Galatians 5:22-23 ~

503 Maple Street, Murray, Kentucky

www.murrayfirst.com | (270) 753-3812

Our Mission is to Love God. Love People.

Dr. Rick C. Dye, Senior Pastor | Rev. Jim Stahler, Visitation Pastor

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Early Light Order of Worship

Sunday, January 15, 2017 8:45 AM
We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Time of Greeting

Call to Worship – We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise

(Please be seated for the Morning Prayer.)

Morning Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer – Gale Cornelison
Songs of Praise

The Sound of the Saints

Hello My Name Is

Everyone Needs a Little
We Hear God’s Word

Children’s Message – Kristen Schwartz

Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Sermon – The Fulfilled Life

We Respond

Offertory Invitation and Prayer – Gale Cornelison

(Please register your attendance on the attendance pad at the end of each pew.)

Offertory Music – Peace in the Valley – Aaron Clayton

Offertory Response – Give Thanks

Closing Song – Let There Be Peace on Earth

Announcements and Benediction

Exit Song – The Sound of the Saints


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