Worship Themes for January

January 1
Pastor Roy on Vacation
Guest Speaker-Rev. Dr. PT Wilson
January 8
Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord
Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 3:13-17
Getting Started
The Gifts of the Magi started Jesus’ birth and
were symbolic of his life. Jesus’ Baptism started
his life ministry-in this new year … where are
we going to get started? What are we going to do
that is new? What are we called to start?
January 15
MLK Sunday
John 1:29-42
Can I Get a Witness?
John the Baptist witnessed to the ID of Jesus.
MLK had a dream. How are we called to witness
to the gospel of Jesus? Jesus calls his first
disciples and they immediately drop everything
and follow Him. Jesus continues to call us today
… are we listening? Are we answering?
January 22
Matthew 4:12-23
Title / Theme:
Gettin’ Down to Business
A time of looking at doing things in a new way:
mentoring others, sharing the gospel, helping
those who need it. Funny thing is … nothing has
really changed.
January 29
Youth Sunday
A Sunday that will be led by our children and
youth. Please come and support this wonderful,
spirit-filled group of young Christians as they
bring the morning message to our church.

Welcome to 2017

Watch for new and exciting things to happen at St Paul’s United Methodist Church.
No matter how you look at it, it will be spectacular.

Christmas Eve

Please join us for our Christmas Eve Services:

Our 6:00 p.m. service will be a service of music, communion and the traditional lighting of the candles.

At 11:00 p.m. the New Beginnings Praise Team will lead us in a service of song, scripture, homily, communion and the traditional lighting of the candles.

Please invite your friends and family and join us for one or both of our very special Christmas Eve services.


Christmas Day we will have only one service, at 10:40. There will be no children’s Sunday school.

12/18/16 Weather Advisory

With the winter weather advisory and travel warnings, all activities at St. Paul’s UMC Rushville have been canceled today – 12/18/16 – please stay home and stay safe. At this point we will still be having our Christmas Eve services 6 pm and 11pm and Christmas Day is “Come as You Are” Sunday at 10:40 only. Be Blessed.

Worship Themes for December

December 4-2nd Sunday in Advent-Peace
Scripture:Luke 2:8-14
Sharing the Good News of Peace
As the angels come to share the good news to the
shepherds we get a feeling of peace. Peace from
being out in the wilderness, peace of the news itself,
peace of God’s blessings. What in this season of hustle and bustle brings us peace?
December 11-3rd Sunday in Advent-Joy
Luke 2: 15-20
Title/Theme:  The Joy of Birth
Jesus is born and theshepherds arrive, wonder and amazement fill the
stable and Mary treasures these words and ponders
them in her heart. What in this gives us true joy?
And, what is the difference between Joy and SimpleHappiness?
December 18-4th Sunday in Advent-Love
Matthew 1:18-25
The Demonstration of Love
Another version of the birth of Jesus-this one tells more
details of Jesus’ name and the details around the true
sacrifice of Joseph and his Love for Mary, Jesus, and
especially God. Who, or what, do we love so much
that we are willing to sacrifice everything to protect?
What is unconditional Love and how does it truly
affect our lives?
December 25-Christmas Day
Luke 2:22-33
What a Christmas Present-We probably got and gave many Christmas presents this
holiday season. The forgiveness of sin through Jesus
is the one true gift that we are all given. Let us hear
the story of Jesus being presented in the temple and
the reaction of Simeon as he was given the gift of

Annual Hanging of the Greens Service

Join St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in their traditional service, Hanging of the Greens,
to start the Advent season. There will be a modified version of the service during the 10:40 service,
then at 6:30 the people of the church will gather to get the sanctuary fully “dressed” for the Christmas season. 
Join us for song and celebration of Advent.

Support our local Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is asking for monetary donations for their Christmas Sacks.
They will fill from 400-425 sacks, that will   all be filled with like items.
If you wish to donate please send a check to Rush County Food Pantry, 109 east 3rd St., or see Beverly Howell.
We feel the need will be greater this year since the Carthage Food Pantry has closed.
Gleaners will not be back until April. We are getting new clients every day we are open.