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  • Writer's picturePastor Gary

December 25th Worship Program

Merry Christmas!

It was just last night, as we gathered to celebrate the birth of Jesus in worship, and now we gather again to proclaim his life and Lordship on this the last Sunday of 2022. While this holiday is a great time to make wonderful memories with friends and family, none compare to the significance of the life of Jesus.

Now, If you didn’t know, we are actually three “sister” churches in our community that share one mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Rock Hall and the world. When we gather together for worship, it is a testimony to our community of the power of Jesus to save, transform, unify, and redeem.

I often say, "Everyone is welcome here because no one here is perfect, but together anything can happen."

I say this because the power of God really does make a difference. His power is the “sauce” that makes us the church and gives our lives Kingdom purpose. That same power that has transformed our lives is transforming our community as we live out our faith, sharing and showing God’s love, by serving our neighbors and telling the story of how His love transformed our lives.

If you have any questions about our church or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. My email is and my office telephone is 410-639-2144. Thank you again for joining us.

Thank you again for joining us.

Pastor Gary

Order of Worship:

Welcome Christmas Reading

818 Psalm 98

240 Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Prayer of Adoration & Confession

Old Testament Lesson

Isaiah 52:7–10

Prayers of the People New Testament Lesson

Hebrews 1:1-12

234 O Come All Ye Faithful

Gospel Lesson

John 1:1-14


John A Groves

246 Joy To The World

Next Steps

Find practical ways you can take a first “next step” in your faith journey on our website. Just go to


Life is much more than an accident. Wherever I go, I believe God needs me there. Wherever I am, I trust God has put me there. He has a purpose for me being there - Christ, alive in me, wants to do something through me, no matter where I am. I believe this and go in His grace and His love and His power.


This week’s YouVersion Bible Reading Plan:

The new year can be your breakthrough year. Your breakthrough is just on the other side of the barrier you faced last year. This can be the year you finally get the breakthrough needed in your life. The plan will share the encouragement and inspiration you need to have your best year ever. Join online with a group of friends from church as we read and share from this daily reading.


Pastor's Study: Living Faithfully Starting next Sunday, 12/4, at Wesley Chapel UMC, Pastor Gary will be leading a study based on the book Living Faithfully, Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church. Gatherings will be on 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, and 1/15 The book is available in print and digital formats. This is a required step in our disaffiliation discernment process. All are invited


This Week's Announcements:

Meet with Pastor Gary Do you have a question or issue you need to discuss? Pastor Gary is available for pastoral counseling with individuals and couples To schedule, just Click “Meet with Pastor Gary” on our website

Prayer Request Policy Change In order to maintain a more current prayer list, we provide a copy of this past week’s prayer requests. Submit prayer requests using the prayer request cards in the pews or the digital prayer request form on our website: Please make sure you have permission to share other’s information.

Current Prayer Requests

  • Our children and youth ministries

  • Caregivers and first responders

  • People of Ukraine

  • Our nation’s leaders

  • Healing of our nation

  • Israel and the Middle East

  • People battling addictions

  • Single parents and their kids

  • Pastor Gary & Family

  • Joe & Cheryl Holliday

  • Sharon Rodney

  • Eddie & Rosalie Kuechler

  • Karen Weller

  • Dean & Anna Mae Wood

  • Mariann Dulin

  • Carole Coleman

  • Joe Bramble

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Michael Geibel

  • Family of Dan Walker

  • Rick Reedy

  • Patricia Brown

  • Glenda Dierker

  • Pat Hastings

  • Don & Debbie Bergen

  • Edward Hunt

  • Bobbie Oliffe

  • Family of Lisa Schrader

  • Mary Kelley

  • Betty Ainsworth

  • Bess Engle

  • Chris Whedbee

Active Military & their families including:

  • Trevion Hopkins

  • Kyle Schauber

  • Brock Willey

  • Kelly Bertelsen

  • Steve McCarthy

  • Tristan Hague

  • Dakota Collison

  • Geoffrey Andersen

  • John Pettit

  • Makenzie Williams

  • Dante Spagnolo

  • Ben Coppage

  • Jonathan Conner


  • Phyllis Dierker

  • Edna Cox

  • Ann Leary

This week's prayer focus:

Join us in focused and specific prayer for our church, our community, and our world. Be prepared to see God do great things as we collectively turn to Him in prayer

  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, increase the desire of believers to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20

  • Monday - Our Church: God, direct our vision for the Future. Proverbs 19:21

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our ministers and volunteers persevere in Your work. 1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help our families be committed to the Lord and His Work. Joshua 24:15

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, bring salvation to the lost. Luke 19:10

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people set an example of godliness for others. 1 Timothy 4:12

  • Saturday - Adults: God, give our adults discernment to not be deceived by the world and Satan. 1 Peter 5:8

This week’s events:


7:00 pm - Praise Band Practice @Wesley Chapel

Sunday - New Year’s Day Service

10:00 am Combined Worship Service @Wesley Chapel


Ben Gilbert 12/30


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