A Worshiping Community

January Sermon Series: Believe in Place.  Several things converge in our worship service today: We anticipate the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) – the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem; we gather for the first time in the new year; we celebrate Holy Communion; and we begin a month-long sermon series designed to introduce our church family to our web site.

Mark is our preacher for today and his message is about “Worship”.  It’s what the Magi came to offer the newborn king:  We have come to worship him.  It’s the first phrase in our Mission Statement —  “A Worshiping Community”.  It’s what people will see when they find our web site.  It is what the author of the Book of Hebrews warns his readers not to forsake—the assembling of ourselves together …

People have strong feelings when it comes to worship, and often those feelings are a reflection of their experience in church as children.  Sometimes we have a favorite pastor, and we associate worship with her or him.  When a different pastoral leader arrives and changes the worship service around it can leave us feeling out of sorts.

umcburlington.com will be the first impression we make on people surfing the web who find us online.  What they see there is what we are striving to become—a people “walking in the way of Jesus”, “believing in place” … But first—we are “A Worshiping Community”.  And that’s what we are talking about today.  Like the Magi of old, we, too, have come to worship the Christ.  In so January 5 Worshipdoing, may we be blessed, assured of forgiveness, find our fellowship with each other strengthened, and know ourselves to be prepared to be in ministry and mission as we live our lives from Monday to Saturday.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10:22-25

Matthew 2:1-12

Message:  We Gather Together

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

I’m Amazed  (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at worship.)

Hallelujah Chorus (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Rockin’ Handel – the video quality is not good.  But we think your ears will help your eyes get over it.)

There was a line in Mark’s message today: ““Abba God” – a Father who, every day is poised on heaven’s porches looking for signs of our return.”  With that in mind, here is a blog post by Jamie the Very Worst Missionary – It is relevant.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.