Worship Service Bulletin
Pastor: Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

Westbury United Methodist Church

*Rev. Sheila M. Beckford, Pastor
*Phil Glover, Minister Of Music.

 December 17, 2017 10:00AM

                      Order of Worship


In silence, we gather in God’s presence, readying ourselves to be transformed.

SONG OF PRAISE AND CENTERING:         “I Got Joy Like a River” (vs.1-2)                            W&S#2145           

PRELUDE:                                                                       “Away in a Manger”                          Tom Berry and Phil Glover                                                                                             

CALL TO WORSHIP:                                                                                                                                          George Burris

L: Rejoice always!

P: Rejoice in the One who loves justice. 

L: Give thanks in all circumstances.

P: Give thanks to the One who loves justice.

L: Make straight the way of the Lord.

All: Prepare for the One who loves justice!


OPENING PRAYER:                                                                  Congregation

God of justice and joy, we gather together in your name to proclaim the good news of your presence among us. Where there is oppression, we will shout a message of your liberating love. Where there is sorrow, we will sing a song of your healing love. And where there is fear, doubt, confusion, or anger, we will shine the light of Jesus Christ, your incarnate love, in whose name we pray. Amen. 


DEVOTIONAL SONGS:                                        “Here I Am to Worship”                                         W&S#3177

                                                                                         “Come Emmanuel”                                                        W&S#3130                                                          

                                                                                      “Hark! the Herald Angel Sing”                                  UMH#240


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Response) “Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.”

                                                                                                                  Sung Response                            FWS# 2200


Remembering our brother in ICE custody; “Bro James” Joaqun Diaz ID#316857 Location A5E Cell 503 and Bro. Joseph Robinson ID# 319589 Location A5E Cell 506.  Alpha 500 East, Hudson Correctional Facility, 35 Hackensack Ave., Kearney, NJ 07032 

Let us remember them in our prayers and encourage them with our words.  

~Bro. Delroy Roberts

  • Dec. 20th UMW Christmas Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm. $10 per person Optional: Bring a dessert to share. Bring gift items; gloves, mittens, hats, and scarfs for local school children (kindergarten- Grade 5)
  • Dec. 23rd Candlelight Service at 6pm
  • Dec. 24th Church Christmas Party in the Social Hall immediately following morning worship service.

Finger foods, desserts, coffee, tea, and punch will be served.

A-M bring desserts, assorted cookies, brownies, small bar cakes, fruit breads, fruit platters, and fresh fruit. N-Z finger foods- chicken wings, cheese platter, assorted sandwiches, meatballs, veggie platters, deviled eggs, cold cuts, and crackers (assorted)

Note: We are asking all members to stay to help with the cleanup.       ~Thank you Mary Campbell                                                       

  • Dec. 25th Christmas Outreach Celebration from 10am-4pm
  • Dec. 31st Watch Night Service from 10pm-Midnight 
  • Jan. 14th at 6pm, St. John’s UMC of Elmont invites you to their annual ecumenical service of worship to commemorate the life and message of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Please call 516-285-6003 Mon.-Fro. 10am-4pm to RSVP. 2105 Stuart Ave, Valley Stream, NY, 11580


RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP:                                          George Burris                                                                               

PASSING OF THE PEACE:                                          George Burris

Before we greet one another in Christ let go of your anger towards your brothers and sisters in Christ. Silently, confess to God if you have turned away from God, and the life God called you to live.  


One: True peace is when we choose life and follow God. Turn to one another and share the deep peace and healing wisdom found in choosing God each and every day.                                                

CHILDREN MESSAGE:                                                  George Burris

HYMN OF PREPARATION:                               “Come Let Us Dream”                                          W&S#3157

WORD AND RESPONSE:                                       Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                                             George Burris

One: The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;

All: to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 

One: to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness,     the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. 

All: They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

One: For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense,     and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

All: Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

One: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

All: For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. 


GOSPEL READING:                                                  John 1:6-8, 19-28                     Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE:          “Advent Song” (Vs. 1-3)                                 FWS#2090

MUSIC MINISTRY:                                         “And the Glory of the Lord” (Messiah)              G. F. Handel                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                      Chancel Choir 

SERMON:                                    “What’s the Purpose of Jesus?”                 Rev. Sheila M. Beckford

TITHES & OFFERING:                                                  

SACRIFICIAL OFFERING:                                                                                                                

*DOXOLOGY:                                         “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”                           UMH#94                                         

CLOSING HYMN:                                                                 “Joy to the World”                                                     UMH#246

* SENDING FORTH WITH A BLESSING:                                     

*SUNG RESPONSE:                                              “Thank You Lord” (Repeat 3x)                               UMH#84


POSTLUDE:                                                                             “Maestoso”               Hermann Schroeder    


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