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January 1st Worship Program

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

Happy New Year!

Thank you for joining us for worship this week. This Sunday is a special day. Throughout the year, we come together as a church community here in Rock Hall in order to worship together, this Sunday is one of those days. But it’s also the start of a new year, a day filled with potential.

Many of us have moved beyond making resolutions because a resolution seems too much. But I think we can all agree that there are some things we want to accomplish or see happen in the coming year. It’s healthy to have goals, personally and professionally, for your family, your business, even as a church.

This week, we return to a study of the Gospel of Luke, and Jesus explains the necessary foundation for Kingdom living. The odd thing is, many of us would say that developing a more vibrant spiritual life is a worthwhile goal for the year, but Dr Luke would probably say it’s actually essential.

In this week’s text, Jesus teaches a series of parables that give us a clear picture of some of the characteristics required to live the Kingdom life… while here on earth. Get ready, let us start the year off right by leaning in to all the spiritual resources God provides.

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 Prayer of Adoration

Songs for Worship

Joy To The World

He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Prayer of Confession

880 Nicene Creed

Prayers of Intercession

Choral Anthem


Kingdom Life Skills

Luke 18:1-17

Pastor Gary

Holy Communion Closing Song

Holy is His Name

Next Steps

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


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:

Over the course of 15 days, Paul David Tripp will remind you of God’s grace towards you—truths that never grow old. When “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms aren’t enough to make you new, learn to trust in God’s goodness, rely on His grace, and live for His glory each and every day. 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

  • Family of Chris Whedbee

  • Edward Hunt

  • Bobbie Oliffe

  • Family of Lisa Schrader

  • Mary Kelley

  • Betty Ainsworth

  • Bess Engle

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, give us a deep passion for the work of Christ. Luke 4:18-19

  • Monday - Our Church: God, develop spiritual growth & maturity in Your church. Hebrews 5:12-14

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our pastor proclaim Your Word boldly. 2 Timothy 4:2

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help couples be faithful to the marriage promises they made to You and to each other. Hebrews 13:4

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, we thank you for those who serve in our community. 1 John 3:16

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people commit themselves to a life of purity of mind and body. Psalm 119:9-11

  • Saturday - Adults: God, help our adults find and fulfill Your purpose for their lives. Jeremiah 29:11-14

This week’s events:


7:00 pm - Small Group Bible Study @Charge Office


7:00 pm - Praise Team Practice


8:30 am - Worship Service @Raum Chapel

10:00 am - Combined Worship Service @Wesley Chapel


Ed Lynerd 1/2

Miles Masse 1/3

Dalilah Masse 1/5


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