West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Weekly Church Bulletin


242 Main Street, North Chelmsford, MA  01863 

 Telephone – (978) 251-4834  email:office@wcumc.us

Web Address: www.wcumc.us


2nd Sunday of Advent                                                  December 9, 2018

9:30 a.m.



  Prelude – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                        arr. Leonard

*Opening Hymn – “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”                 UMH 203

*Call to Worship

The dawn will break upon us and give us light.

Get ready!

Day will dawn. The light will guide our feet into the way of peace.

Get ready!

We are ready! Let the dawn shine upon us as we worship God.

Get ready!

Come, let us worship God.

  Choral Introit – “The King of Glory Comes”              arr. Pulkingham

  Prayer of Confession

      Wake us, O God! Wake us from the busyness that already threatens to obscure the simple splendor of your humble birth. Wake us to the truth about ourselves, that we give in to the pressures of culture to buy more than we need, to give mainly to those who give to us, to spend more time shopping than praying. We confess that we need Advent to refocus us, to turn our eyes to those who encounter "no vacancy" signs and to teach us to listen to those whose pain knows no words. Wake us to a new Advent. Amen.

  Words of Assurance

  Advent Wreath Lighting

  Unison Prayer: Thank you, God, for the light of peace. As we prepare for Christ’s coming, help us to share our peace with others. Amen

  Response: “Wait for the Lord”                                               WS 3049

  Sharing of Joys and Concerns

            Silent Prayer

            Call to Prayer

                 The Lord be with you.

                 And also with you.

                 Let us continue to pray.

  Pastoral Prayer/Lord's Prayer

  Offertory Anthem – “Come, Emmanuel”                                      Paris

  Offertory – “Emmanuel”                                                    Southbridge

*Presentation of Gifts with Doxology                                  UMH   95

*Prayer of Dedication

    A Service of Word and Table II                                         UMH    12

            Holy, Holy, Holy                                                        UMH    21

            Amen                                                                          UMH    22

  Communion – “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”           arr. Tucker    

           (Sunday school teachers and students leave.)


  Old Testament Reading – Malachi 3:1-4 (page 838)

  Gospel Reading – Luke 3:1-6 (page 56)

  Sermon – “Hoping for Change”

*Closing Hymn – “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” UMH 206



  Benediction Response – “Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice”  White

  Postlude – “Hark, the Glad Sound!”                                     Broughton


            *Those who are able please stand.


**After each scripture reading please respond, “Thanks be to God”


We extend a warm greeting to all who worship here today.  We especially greet those persons who are visitors.  Please sign the friendship pad.


The Flowers this morning are given to the glory of God by the Clark family in loving memory of daughter, Heather Cristine Clark.


Today – Celebration Ringers & Singers, Carol Choir & Joy Ringers

  Lay Reader – Tom Buretta             Server –Troy Gregoire

  Communion Ministers – Tom Buretta, Sharon Jones,

                                           Rebecca Markey

  Minister of Music – Karen Leonard   Pastor – Reverend Mack Hagins




True or False: See how well you know the Biblical Christmas story, not what we have learned for songs and pageants.  Answers will be in several places in the Vestry at Coffee Hour.  There are 5 new statements each Sunday in Advent.

1.     Straw filled the manger where Jesus lay.

2.     Jesus was born on a cold winter’s night.

3.     Animals stood next to the manger.

4.     The stable was a cave.

5.     Joseph and Mary named Jesus the night he was born.


Christmas Poinsettias have been preordered. Choose red or white.

     7” pot - $11      Sign-up sheet is in the entryway next to flower calendar.


Flower calendar for 2019 is hanging in the entryway ready to be filled. Please consider a flower dedication or celebration by signing up for your favorite date.  Sunday’s especially need to be filled for the months of January & February.  Flowers are $30. You may take them or request they be given to a shut-in or nursing home resident.  Thank you.  Questions - Call Diana Bard 692 -7668  


This Christmas Eve we are adding a new opportunity to our Christmas Eve celebration. We are moving the 6:00 p.m. service to 4:00 p.m., and making it a Christmas Pageant for the children of our church! This change comes out of conversations and a survey of the younger families of our church. Most of them would prefer the earlier time (4:00 p.m.), in some cases to allow for other family activities in the early evening. There is also interest in having a Christmas Pageant.

We plan to still have the 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. worship services. The 8:00 p.m. service will feature the Celebration Ringers and Singers and the Brass Ensemble; the 10:00 p.m. service will continue to feature the Sr. Choir, Festival Ringers and the Brass Ensemble.


The WCUMC Anti-Racism & Racial Justice Task Force has tickets available for Black Nativity on Saturday, December 15th, for the 3:30PM performance at the Emerson Paramount Theater in Boston.  The tickets are $37.50 each plus a $5.00 handling fee ($42.50 total) and are available from David Troughton, Debbie Allen, Diana Bard, Robin Orford and Wendell Luke.





Sunday December 9th - 2nd Sunday of Advent

     9:30am – Worship Service/Communion     9:30am – Sunday School  

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship


    11:00am – Celebration Ringers  12:00pm – Celebration Singers

    12:30pm – Sr. MYF

    4:30pm-Boy Scout leaders meeting       7:00pm – Living Stones UMC



Monday - 4:00pm – Girl Scout         6pm Boy Scouts      7:00pm – AA         

                  7:30pm – Finance Committee and Trustees                    

Tuesday – 7:30pm – Staff/Parish Committee

Wednesday – 7:30pm – Festival Ringers

                       7:00pm – LSUMC prayer class        8:00pm – LSUMC                        



Thursday – 6:30pm – Children’s Choir      7:30pm – Sr. Choir


Friday – 7:00pm-Den meeting    



Sunday December 16th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

     9:30am – Worship Service     9:30am – Sunday School  

   10:30am – Coffee/fellowship


UMH refers to The United Methodist Hymnal

WS refers to the green supplement, Worship & Song


Second Sunday of Advent - Altar arrangement: The word "advent" comes from the Latin adventus, which means "coming".   Although we are celebrating the coming birth of Christ, we also remember that Christ is here, now, in Word and Spirit and whose return in final victory we anticipate.  Our altar and sanctuary will reflect, each week, the ways we recognize the celebration of our anticipation of Christ.   For this second Sunday of Advent, we find peace in knowing that God is with us in everything we do.  With communion, we celebrate God's ultimate gift of grace.  The altar cloth is a medium shade of blue, moving toward the light.  The bulbs are showing promise.  The crèche has new residents.



Merrimack Valley Ringers – The annual holiday concert of the Merrimack Valley Ringers will be held this year on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Saint Mary Parish, 25 North Road, Chelmsford, MA.  MVR is pleased to have been invited back to play at Saint Mary’s after their debut performance there last January.  We hope to see many of you at St. Mary’s next Saturday evening.   Karen Leonard, Artistic Director