Central United Methodist Church The Third Sunday after Epiphany January 17, 2016 8:45 and 10:55 a.m. WELCOME AND GREETING CHIMES OF THE TRINITY VOLUNTARY

(8:45) (10:55)

“Chorale” “Fanfare on THAXTED”

Robert Hebble Kevin Hildebrand

The Brass Sextet; Suzanne Brown, director


“Christ Is the World’s Light”


*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Let us affirm our faith. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pon4us Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and si6eth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrec4on of the body, and the life everlas4ng. Amen. *GLORIA PATRI

(Hymnal, 70)




“Fanfare on THAXTED”

Kevin Hildebrand

The Brass Sextet; Suzanne Brown, director


“And the Father Will Dance”

Mark Hayes

The Chancel Choir And the Father will dance over you in joy! He will take delight in whom He loves. Is that a choir I hear singing the praises of God? No, the Lord God Himself is exul ng o’er you in song And he will joy over you in song! My soul will make its boast in God, for He has answered all my cries. His faithfulness to me is as sure as the dawn of a new day. Awake my soul! and sing! Let my spirit rejoice in God! Sing, O daughter of Zion, with all of your heart! Cast away fear for you have been restored. Put on the garment of praise as on a fes val day. Join with the father in glorious, jubilant song.


(Hymnal, 895) Prayer request forms are available in the pew rack. You are invited to write your requests and place them in the offering plate. Mark any private requests as “confiden al” and they will be known only to the pastors.


“As the Deer”

arr. William Himes

The Brass Sextet; Frank Towson, soloist


(Hymnal, 94)

Please sign and pass the Fellowship Pad at this me.

CHILDREN’S MOMENT All children leaving the Sanctuary, must have a s4ck-on name tag. The name tag table is located outside the Sanctuary by the Chapel. Childcare is available during worship for children from birth through age 5 (preschoolers). Following Children’s Moment, children 2nd grade and under are invited to be part of Children’s Church. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders will be in the Chapel. Ages 3-5 preschoolers will be in Room 104.


FAITH OPPORTUNITIES The Youth Ministry Team is seeking silent auction items from individuals and/or businesses. The silent auction will take place during the Valentine’s Soiree, February 12th held at the Capital Club in downtown Asheville. All proceeds will support our Summer Youth Missions, and Wilderness Trail ministries. Please contact Aric Moussette if you’d like to contribute— [email protected] . Save the date- Valentine’s Soiree. Feb 12th. Capital Club. Live band, excellent food, craft beers, regional wine. All under one roof for a great cause… youth missions. Ticket reservations start Monday, January 11th. Contact Aric Moussette - [email protected] Blood Drive, Sunday, February 28 from 8:30-12:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Call Maureen Carr at 253-3316 if any questions or want to sign up. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved with your church? Central UMC has a heart for missions--local, domestic and international. If you want to be part of our mission efforts, please come to the Missions Council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 PM, in the church conference room. If you can’t attend this meeting, but are interested in future meetings, please contact Elizabeth Devereaux at [email protected] Parking Stickers are available during the Sunday School hour at the Reception desk. Central UMC is proud to be a Stephen Ministry Congregation. If you or someone you know needs a Stephen Minister to journey with them through a difficult life situation, please call Amy Leachman at 828-989-9660 or email her at [email protected]


Central Calendar for January 17—23, 2016 Sunday

10:00 am

Newcomer Class, Library


OFFICE CLOSED 7:00 pm Boy Scouts, Scout Room 8:00 pm Theology Pub, Santé Wine Bar


10:00 am 10:00 am 10:30 am

Rebekah-Grace Circle, Givens Sarah Circle, Member home Staff Meeting, Conference Room

Wednesday: 5:00-7:00 pm 5:45 pm 5:45 pm 5:45 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Wednesday Night IMPACT Theology Pub, Asheville Brewing Company Yoga @ Central, Youth Arena Calm Parenting, Room 205 Agape Journey Group, Room 305 Handbells Rehearsal, Handbell Room Cub Scouts, Scout Room Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Thursday: 10:30 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Intercessory Prayer Group, Givens Estates Single Life Café Journey Group, Parlor Brass Ensemble, Choir Room


SONday School, Room 205 Saturdays at Six Worship, Fellowship Hall

4:45 pm 6:00 pm



John 2:1-11

Pew Bible, NT p. 113 (LP) p.87 (SP)

The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God. SERMON

“Extravagant Mercy”

*HYMN 378

“Amazing Grace”

Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler AMAZING GRACE


“Praeludium in C Major”

Dietrich Buxtehude

Brass: Ed Towson, Dawn Baker, Judy Roper, Frank Towson, Sherrill Barber, and Richard Provine Percussion: Heath Towson *Please stand, if you are able We welcome all Visitors and Newcomers to our service today. Please sign the Fellowship Pad with your name, address, phone, and email so we can welcome you to Central. The Nursery is available in Room 104.

The flowers in the Chancel today are given by Marc and Susan Lifchez in honor of their wedding anniversary The flowers in the Narthex today are in celebraKon of the wedding of Rebekah Boggs and Collin Allison, who were united in marriage yesterday. The red rose on the altar today is placed in honor of Isaac Farris, son of Joe and Carolyn Farris, who was born on January 6, 2016. We also extend our congratulaKons to Darryl and Jessica Dayson on the birth of their son, Malachi James Dayson, who was born on December 17, 2015. Our thoughts and prayers are with Art and Michelle Klein on the death of Michelle’s mother, Alice Estes.


FAITH OPPORTUNITIES (CONT.) Central UMC is proud to host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop. This workshop is a half-day event that will introduce people to Stephen Ministry, help them discern a call to Stephen Ministry, and allow them time to interact with our active Stephen Ministry team and Stephen Minsters from the Stephen Ministry headquarters in St. Louis. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with check-in and light refreshments beginning at 8:00. Please call Frances Baldwin if you are interested in attending at (704) 654-0064. Central UMC is going to start a new training class for people wanting to become Stephen Minsters. The training class will begin with a retreat Friday, February 26 at 5pm until February 27 at 3pm . The classes will meet once a week beginning in March and continuing through May at St. Paul’s UMC on Monday nights from 6;30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The deadline for applications to become a Stephen Minster is Sunday, February 14. Please contact Amy Leachman for an application or with any questions you may have at 828-989-9660 or email her at [email protected]

Suggested Daily Bible Readings Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2;1-11; Ephesians 4:1-16


Rev. Dr. Robert M. Blackburn Director of Music: Organist: Rev. Amy Leachman Children’s Time: Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler

Russell Nelson Corey Powell Rev. Lynnette Sills

Central United Methodist Church, Inc. 27 Church Street • Asheville, North Carolina 28801 Phone: (828) 253-3316 • FAX: (828) 254-8796 • Website: www.centralumc.org