Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

"Holy Illumination"
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
"Questions for God" United Methodist Video Clip 00:00
Prelude: "The First Noel" Sean Stafford 00:15
Welcome and Greeting Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 01:26
Announcements; Call to Worship; Prayer Liturgist: Amber Gaylord 02:59
Angels from the Realms of Glory" Song #220 06:38
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 08:54
"Awake, Good People, Christ is Born" Chancel Choir 13:36
Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-12 Nancy Jones 16:09
"Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow" Chancel Choir 18:56
"We Three Kings" Song #254 20:53
Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue- Trost 24:18
Scripture: Matthew 2:-12 Noah Banner-Baine 35:31
Message: "Holy Illumination" Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 37:37
Sacrament of Communion Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue- Trost 47:14
"The First Noel" Song #245 56:19
Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 59:12
Postlude: "Angels from the Realms of Glory" Sean Stafford 59:40

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Ephesians 3:1-13 The Message (MSG)

This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you’re familiar with the part I was given in God’s plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. 4-6 As you read over what I have written to you, you’ll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God’s Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board. 7-8 This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. 8-10 And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels! 11-13 All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.

Matthew 2:1-12 (MSG)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.” 3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” 5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly: It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land, no longer bringing up the rear. From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.” 7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.” 9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! 11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. 12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.