Weekly Bulletin

"This is my Son, 
the Beloved, with whom
I am well pleased."
                           Matthew 3:17, NRSV

United Methodist Churches of Cresco and Zion
January 8, 2023
Zion - 8:30 A.M. in East Room at Cresco
First Church Service 10:00 A.M.
Pastor Melissa Warren

Prelude— Lois Amundson 
Worship & Song Leader—Patsy Bronner 
Ushers—Roy and Tammy Gorter 
Worship Tech—Joe Labosky 

Welcome and Announcements 

Call to Worship 
L: Christ, at Your Baptism, You stripped off all pretentions and waded deep into the needs of the world. 
P: So will we. 
L: Submerged in the waters, You then rose up. 
P: So will we. 
L: Hearing the Spirit whisper, “You are my beloved”, You realized it was meant for everyone and offered Your spirit to share that good news. 
P: So will we. 
L: We say that we will follow You, but the road can be hard. Hold our hands and our hearts in Yours-hold tight. 
P: So will we. 
L: Let us worship God. 

TFSW #2236- “Gather Us In” 


Children’s Time 

Scripture—Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17 
L: This is the word of God for the people of God. 
P: Thanks be to God. 

Sermon—Baptism of Jesus 

Hymn #608— “This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now” 

Prayers of the People 
The Sharing of Our Joys and Concerns 
The Lord’s Prayer 


*Doxology #95—“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” 

*Offertory Prayer 

Congregational Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant 

On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? 
I do. 
Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? 
I do. 
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? 
I do. 
According to the grace given to you, will you remain faithful members of Christ’s holy Church and serve as Christ’s representative in the world? 
I will.

 Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. 

Do you believe in God the Father? 
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 
Do you believe in Jesus Christ? 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. 
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Let us rejoice in the faithfulness of our covenant God. 
We give thanks for all that God has already given us. As members of the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church, we will faithfully participate in the ministries of the Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 

*TFWS #2241- “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve” 


*Response—“God Be with You till We Meet Again”—Zion
                     “Blessing Song”—Cresco 


v Monday, January 9-Zion UWIF in East Room-9:30 A.M. 
v Wednesday, January 11- Bible study-9:00 A.M. 
   6:00 P.M.-Trustees meeting 
v Thursday, January 12-Choir-6:00 P.M. 
v Sunday, January 15 8:30 A.M.-Zion worship in the East Room 
   9:00 A.M.-Sunday school 
  10:00 A.M.-First Church service 
v Day for Girls will meet on Tuesday, January 17th from 9:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M.         Bring your own lunch and drink. 
v On Wednesday, January 18th, the Finance Committee will meet at 5:00 P.M.       with the Church Council meeting following at 6:00 P.M. in the East Room. 
v Items for the February newsletter are due Friday, January 20th. 
v If you donated a poinsettia for Christmas, please take it home TODAY. 
v The church is looking for an office assistant who would do the weekly bulletins.     Please contact Pastor if interested. 
v Pastor Melissa’s contact info: Call/text-515-290-0893 Email -         melissa.warren@iaumc.net 
v January 1, 2023: Attendance-34 
v Have a good day and week