Covid Note: For January 10, we will not have in-person worship services, to comply with state regulations. Whenever Fayette County is not listed as a red county on the preceding Thursday, we plan to host in-person gatherings. For January 10, please join us via Facebook live feed or Zoom. Our Zoom gatherings meet at 10:30 am and 8:30 pm on Sunday. (To avoid problems, we do not post Zoom links publicly. Please email Teddy Ray at teddy@1stumc.org if you would like a Zoom link.)

When permitted, we are currently hosting two in-person masked and distanced worship services –– at 9:00 am and 11:00 am at 2060 Regency Rd. Childcare for nursery through pre-K is available. To ensure planning for everyone’s safety, we are requiring all participants to register in advance. See our event registrations here.

We also are live streaming through our Facebook Page at 11:00 am each Sunday.


Worship Resources for This Week

Resources for the week of Sunday, January 10, 2020


Call to Worship
Leader: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
                          who has visited and redeemed his people.
People: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
What do you have to give thanks for this week?
Who or what would you like prayer for this week?
O Come, O Come Emmanuel  [link]
Children’s message [link]



Psalm 29
  • For singing [Seedbed psalter]
  • For call and response


Ascribe to the Lord, all you ones of great might;

Ascribe to the Lord glory, strength in your sight.

Ascribe to Him glory, and His name adore;

In splendor of holiness, worship the Lord.


The voice of the Lord is above the great sea;

He thunders in glory; o’er waters is He!

The voice of the Lord, full of power and might;

His voice is majestic and flaming in light.


The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars in two;

The cedars of Lebanon, He does subdue.

The Lord makes all Lebanon skip like a deer.

Mount Hermon is like a young ox when He’s near.


The voice of the Lord strikes with flashing of light.

His voice shakes the desert of Kadesh with might.

The voice of the Lord strips the forests all bare;

And all in His temple, His glory declare.


The Lord sits enthroned o’er the flood – He is King.

The Lord on His throne sits forever as King.

The Lord gives His people His strength without cease.

The Lord is the One who will bless them with peace.


Prayer of Illumination
Lord, open our hearts and minds
  by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that, as the Scriptures are read
  and your Word proclaimed,
we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.
Scripture Reading – 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

The Lord Makes a Covenant with David

After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.” 

But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying: 

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?

I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.

Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ’ 

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.

I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.

And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

“ ‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you


“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ ”  

Sermon [link]


Response conversation