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GRACE IN WORSHIP

3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 10:45 a.m.
Zoom ID: 169104127 or click tinyurl.com/gracehappens

The January worship series is simply titled “We.” The sermons will focus on the importance of the entire Body of Christ. God has given us all unique gifts and callings to serve. We are not alone, for God is with us and God gifts us to serve together. Review the January worship bulletin.

On this Sunday, the sermon title is ““We Need Each Other.” Everyone’s gift is needed and valuable to God. Our proclaimer will be Pastor Lesa Smith, associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church and Inglewood First United Methodist Church.

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

worship at Grace United Methodist Church

 LITURGICAL SEASON

Epiphany is a celebration of God manifesting as the baby Jesus and revealing Himself to the world. The holiday also marks the day the Magi, or the three kings, visited the baby Jesus in Bethlehem; the holiday is also sometimes known as Three Kings Day.  Jesus’ baptism is also celebrated during Epiphany. Many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany as the concluding holiday of the Christmas season and traditionally remove their decorations on this day, January 6.

The term epiphany means “to show” or “to make known” or even “to reveal.” In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by so doing “reveal” Jesus to the world as Lord and King. The Magi brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold was considered a symbol of kings, frankincense a perfume representing divinity, and myrrh an anointing and embalming oil that symbolized death.

The colors of Epiphany are white and gold, the colors of celebration, newness, and hope that mark the most sacred days of the church year. The traditional symbols are usually associated with the Magi: three crowns or a single crown, portrayals of the Magi or Wise Men, three gifts, a five point star, or a combination of a star and crown.

 

Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean he’s not there.

Prayer Ministry in Los Angeles

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES
Noon Bible Study is held each Wednesday from 12 p.m. Participate via Zoom (Meeting ID 169104127) or click tinyurl.com/gracehappens

PRAYER CALENDAR FOR JANUARY FEBRUARY 2022
You are invited to engage in five weeks of intercessory prayer.
Intercessory prayer is prayer for the needs of others. This kind of prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy, and praying for others helps us to think beyond ourselves and to grow in compassion for others. When you have set aside the time and place for prayer each day, open the calendar to identify the focus for your prayers for each day. Go to page four of the January worship bulletin for the calendar.

PRAYER GROUP
Prayer Warriors
Wednesday mornings at 6:15-6:30 a.m. via conference call. The new phone number is (434) 300-4178 (access code 976658).

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HOW TO JOIN GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

You are invited to become a member of Grace!
After the sermon, Rev. Cyrus-Franklin or Pastor Smith offers the invitation to become a Christian and a member of our congregation. If you feel motivated by God to accept the invitation, while the choir sings, come forward to the altar area. Members of the congregation will join you as a sign of support and encouragement.

A new members class is offered before the membership becomes official. Visitors may attend inquirer’s class to learn more about the United Methodist Church and our faith community before making the decision to join.

  1. If you have never been a member of any church, you may join by professing Jesus Christ as your Savior. (Full membership after baptism)
  2. If you have been a member of a church at one time and baptized, but have been inactive, you may join by renewing your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Full membership)
  3. If you are a member of another church, you may join by requesting that your membership be transferred to Grace. (Full membership)
  4. If you wish to keep your membership with another church, but would like to have an official relationship with Grace UMC, you may join as an affiliate member. (Affiliate Membership)
  5. The Ritual of Baptism can be your choice by sprinkling or immersion. There is one (1) mandatory counseling session required. (Full Membership)