First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

Worship & Lectionary

January 2018 Worship & Lectionary

Worship

January 7—Epiphany Sunday, Communion Sunday
Sermon—”Still Searching” (Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12) 3:00 PM—Choral Epiphany Service
January 14—2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Human Relations Day
Sermon—”You Talkin’ to Me” ( 1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51)
January 21—3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Ecumenical Sunday
Sermon – “Big Fish Stories” (Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20)
January 28—4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Sermon—”Cheeseburger in Paradise” (1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28)


Lectionary

The Lectionary is a list of Bible readings used in many Christian churches for weekly worship services. It is set up in a format that after three years has covered most of the Bible. Please use these readings as a study during your devotional times, and note them as a study guide if you are doing Pastor Jim’s Bible Studies on Wednesdays at 2 PM. He will use the readings for the following Sunday.
January 1—New Year’s Day
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7 or Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:15-21
January 6—Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
January 7—Epiphany Sunday
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Baptism of the Lord
Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
January 14—2nd Sunday after the Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
January 21—3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians ;7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
January 28—4th Sunday after the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

December 2017 Worship & Lectionary

Worship 

December 3—1st Sunday of Advent
Communion
1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
December 10—2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
At 12 Noon the Live Nativity will take place outside our front doors. Plan to stay and enjoy this wonderful tradition.
December 17—3rd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
December 24—4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve
10:30 AM—Luke 1:46b-55; Luke 1:26-38 7:00 PM—Candlelight Service
Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
December 31—First Sunday after Christmas Day
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Luke 2:22-40

 

Lectionary

The Lectionary is a list of Bible readings used in many Christian churches for weekly worship services. It is set up in a format that after three years has cov- ered most of the Bible. Please use these readings as a study during your devo- tional times, and note them as a study guide if you are doing Pastor Jim’s Bible Studies on Wednesdays at 2 PM. He will use the readings for the following Sunday.
December 3—1st Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
December 10—2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
December 17—3rd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
December 24—4th Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
December 24—Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
December 25—Christmas Day
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14
December 31—First Sunday after Christmas
Isaiah 61:1-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
December 31—Watch Night
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46

Symbolism of Our Church Building and Sanctuary

Our building and sanctuary is a visual expression of many of the beliefs of the Christian Church,
and was constructed with an eye to bringing us closer to Christ.

Church In The Round:
Believing that all people are equal in the sight of God and that the circle symbolized unity and equality, our congregation worships in the round with the central focus on the Altar/Communion Table.

Upsweeping Roof:

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