Posted by David Gross

“We Proclaim Jesus Christ and Promote
Communities of Joy, Hope, Love and Peace”

Mobile Congregation International Headquarters
672 Azalea Road 1001 W. Walnut
Mobile, AL 36609 Independence, MO 6405
251/661-8525 816/833-1000
www.cofchristmobile.com www.cofchrist.org

Congregation Pastoral Team
Pastor: Tim Hogue, 817/319-2574 (call or text), tdhogue.6@gmail.com
Counselors:

Sheila Steiner, 510-0485, sheilalouisesteiner@gmail.com
John Parker, 391-8553, jwparker262@att.net
Shannon Stringer, 421-0934, ashlandshannon@bellsouth.net

“Blessed in the Temple”
December 31, 2017

Prelude Elder Sheila Steiner
Welcome and Call to Worship Elder John Sebastian
Moroni 7:47-48
*Hymn of the New Year “God of Wonder, God of Thunder” CCS 18
*Congregational Mission Prayer:
ALL: God, where will your Spirit lead today? Help me be fully awake and ready to respond. Grant me courage to risk something new and become a blessing of your love and peace. Amen.
*Response Elder Sheila Steiner
Prayer for Peace Michele Griffin
Lighting of the peace candle.
Spirit of Peace
As we prepare to enter a new year, we give thanks for the many blessings you have bestowed on us this year. May we walk gently into the new year as we follow your mission of peace. May we speak only after we have listened well, remembering that our words carry power.
We pray for peace for every creature and plant, every person and habitat. We pray for peace across our world during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to every corner of the earth.
May the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead. Amen.
Disciples’ Generous Response Priest John Parker
Scripture Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 165:2a-b
Blessing & Receiving of Mission Tithes and Offerings
Morning Message Evangelist George Farnell
Moment of Reflection: “I Will Talk to My Heart” CCS 168
Congregational hymn, pausing for a moment between each stanza for silent reflection
Spiritual Practice: Blessings of Loving Kindness (see insert)
*Closing Hymn “For All the Saints” CCS 331
*Closing Prayer Al Louis Starr
*Response Elder Sheila Steiner
*Postlude Elder Sheila Steiner
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* Denotes congregation is invited to stand when directed or to remain standing.
“CCS” Denotes “Community of Christ Sings,” the blue hymn book.
Deacon in Charge Rick Griffin

Insert: Take a few moments to quiet yourself. Watching your breath helps to calm and center our natural restlessness. When you feel a sense of calm, begin by repeating the following blessing, giving the words time to resonate in your heart and mind:
May I be blessed with loving kindness. May I be blessed with health. May I be blessed with true happiness. May I be blessed with peace.
When your heart feels full of loving compassion—move from yourself to someone who is beloved to you. This could be a life partner, a family member, a companion. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing and insert the person’s name into the prayer:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
Again, when your heart is full of loving compassion—move from this person to a close or dear friend. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
When you feel filled with loving compassion—move to an acquaintance for whom you have neither positive nor negative feelings. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
As you feel your heart again fill with loving compassion—think of someone who has harmed you or with whom you are in conflict. Visualize this person. Take a moment. Breathe deeply and, looking the person in the eye or visualizing the person, lovingly pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
Amen.

Insert: Take a few moments to quiet yourself. Watching your breath helps to calm and center our natural restlessness. When you feel a sense of calm, begin by repeating the following blessing, giving the words time to resonate in your heart and mind:
May I be blessed with loving kindness. May I be blessed with health. May I be blessed with true happiness. May I be blessed with peace.
When your heart feels full of loving compassion—move from yourself to someone who is beloved to you. This could be a life partner, a family member, a companion. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing and insert the person’s name into the prayer:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
Again, when your heart is full of loving compassion—move from this person to a close or dear friend. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
When you feel filled with loving compassion—move to an acquaintance for whom you have neither positive nor negative feelings. Visualize the person as you pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
As you feel your heart again fill with loving compassion—think of someone who has harmed you or with whom you are in conflict. Visualize this person. Take a moment. Breathe deeply and, looking the person in the eye or visualizing the person, lovingly pray this blessing:
May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with loving kindness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with health. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with true happiness. May December 31, 2017 George Farnell shares: “Blessed in the Temple” be blessed with peace.
Amen.

WHAT’S COMING UP

1. Next Sunday, January 7
9:30a.m. Everyone gather in Fellowship room for meet & greet and a devotion.
9:45 – 10:35a.m. Sunday school (classes according to age group)
10:50 – 11:00a.m. Announcements
11:00– Noon Worship Service: “Be Baptized”
Presider: Sheila Steiner
Speaking: Larry Steiner
Deacon in Charge: Jeremy Wilson
Accompanist: Anne Rose
2. Wednesday, January 10
10:30a.m. Congregational prayer service.
3. Thursday, January 11
6:30 p.m. Bible Study Group at Sonny & Jean Goff’s home.
4. Sunday, January 14
9:30a.m. Everyone gather in Fellowship room for meet & greet and a devotion.
9:45 – 10:35a.m. Sunday school (classes according to age group)
10:50 – 11:00a.m. Announcements
11:00– Noon Worship Service: “Jesus Calls”
Presider: Jerolyn McManus
Speaking: Joe Bracewell
Deacon in Charge: Mary Oaks
Accompanist: Sheila Steiner

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. ATTENTION: First Priesthood Meeting for ALL Priesthood will be Jan. 14 at 2:00pm. Please make plans to attend. Very important.
2. CALLING all former choir members and anyone who just loves to sing, come join us Sunday Jan.21 9:30-10:30am for choir practice. We will be singing for the Feb. communion. There will also be practice Jan. 28th 9:30-10:30am.
3. Our congregational prayer service is moving to the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting in January. Our first service will be Jan. 10 starting at 10:30am. Join us for prayer, sharing, and fellowship.

CHURCH CLEANING SCHEDULE

Week Cleaning Crew
Dec 31 – Jan 6 Peggy Clements, Helen Carty, Beth Johnston, Phyllis Wilson
Jan 7 – Jan 13 Sheila & Larry Steiner, Mary & John Day
Jan 14 – Jan 20 Wayne & Martee Gibson, Jonette Miller, Tim Hogue
Jan 21 – Jan 27 Lib & Dick Barbour, JoAnn & Zackie Meadows

GENERAL INFORMATION
1. We post videos of our Sunday 11:00 a.m. worship services at www.cofchristmobile.com.
2. We’re on Facebook—search for “Community of Christ Church Mobile.”
3. David Gross, Jr. can make you a very nice church logo name badge if you want. Ask him for one via email at cofchristmobile@gmail.com.
4. For all activities, please turn cell phones off or to vibrate-only. Thanks!
5. Joe Bracewell is available for hospital ministry. (344 – 6137)

REGULARLY SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
1. SUNDAY
9:30 a.m. Everyone gather in fellowship room to meet & greet.
9:45–10:35 Sunday school classes (according to age groups)
10:50–11:00 Announcements
11:00–Noon Main worship service in the sanctuary. Communion is served on the first Sunday.
2. TUESDAY (August through May only)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 12 meets in the ROC.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 12 meets in the ROC.
3. WEDNESDAY (3rd Wednesday of each month September–May only)
6:30–8:00p.m. “Family Night” in the ROC—a relaxed evening of food, fellowship and fun.
4. THURSDAY (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month Sept–June only)
6:30 p.m. Bible Study Group at Sonny & Jean Goff’s home.
5. SATURDAY (3rd Saturday of each month (sometimes 4th Sat.):
8:00a.m –Noon Food Pantry Food Distribution day in the ROC
6. OTHER
Seniors luncheons (age 50 or so +) — watch for dates/times/places in the “What’s Coming Up” part of the bulletin.

PRAYER LIST
“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the
law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Christy Dunn (friend of Shiree Humphreys, pneumonia)
Shirley Westbrook
The family of Linda Wertz
The family of David Gazzier (passed away December 4th)
Margie Hamilton (friend of Jeri McManus, breast cancer)
Patrick Kaufman and family (39-yr old friend of George Farnell, Melanoma stage 4)
Shiree Humphrey’s friend’s sister and brother-in-law
Dorothy Overstreet’s son Donald
Sue Miller (Emily Applin’s sister-in-law)
Gladys Williams
Jenny Slack
Albert McManus III (psoriatic arthritis)
The President of our country
Elizabeth Barbour (recovering from a stroke)
The law enforcement officers of our community
Travis Rester
Donna McCauley (Allen Memorial Home, Room 79)

NOTE: Prayer requests will remain on the prayer list for one month and will be deleted unless we are notified otherwise. Please call Debbie Lynn, 251-604-2890, to add or delete names. You can also email Debbie: deblynn42@att.net


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