Jesus' first miracle takes place at a wedding in Cana when he turns water into wine. The miracle was very subtle as the water becomes wine. The servants were the only ones who knew about the miracle until Jesus revealed it to the disciples. The wedding guests believed it was good wine without knowing about the miracle. The miracle was in the becoming. What are we becoming? What miracles go unnoticed that help us become whom we are meant to be?
On this Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. We remember Jesus' own baptism by John in the Jordan River, marking the beginning of his public ministry. We also reflect upon the Sacrament of Baptism and its meaning in our own lives. Baptism is a symbol of new birth in Jesus Christ and initiates us as members of Christ body, the universal Church. Therefore, we will remember our own baptism and reaffirm our faith as we begin a new year.
On this Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany is officially January 6th, marking the culmination of the Christmas season. It celebrates the coming of the wise men who brought three gifts to the Christ child: gold, frankincense, & myrrh. Epiphany represents the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles and therefore the entire world. We begin the New Year with hope as Christ guides us into the future.
Sing the carols with our praise band Witness and hear the news of the savior's birth from Pastors Greg and Kristie. Welcome to Christmas Eve worship with Foothills UMC!
Sing the carols with our choir and hear the news of the savior's birth from Pastors Greg and Kristie. Welcome to Christmas Eve worship with Foothills UMC!
We continue the story as told by Luke with the birth of John the Baptist and his father Zechariah's response known as the "Benedictus". After Elizabeth gives birth to their son, neighbors and relatives gathered for the circumcision and naming ceremony. They expected the child to be named Zechariah after his father, but Elizabeth says "No, he is to be called John" (1:60), as instructed by the angel Gabriel. Zechariah, who has been mute for nine months, confirms this by writing it on a tablet, and immediately he is once again able to speak. The first words he speaks praise God: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them." (1:68) The prophet who would prepare the way for the arrival of the Messiah has arrived, and the stage is set for the birth of Jesus.
Join us for the Many Joys of Christmas concert! Songs will be performed today by our Chancel Coir, Witness Praise Band, Harmony Ringers, and lovely Brass Ensemble!
The story of Jesus' birth as told by Luke continues with the visitation of Mary with Elizabeth. After receiving the news that she will bear a son, Mary travels to meet her cousin Elizabeth. In response to Mary's greeting, the child in Elizabeth's womb (John the Baptist) leaps for joy, and Elizabeth declares that Mary and the child she carries (Jesus) are blessed. Mary's song (the Magnificat) follows: "My soul magnifies the Lord". In the meeting of these two mothers who bear new life, there is joy in the anticipated arrival of these children who will transform the world.
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we continue the birth narrative in the Gospel of Luke with the Annunciation of Jesus' birth. Similar to the news that Gabriel shared with Zechariah and Elizabeth about John the Baptist, the angel now announces to Mary that she will give birth to a son named Jesus. "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David" (Luke 1:32). Unlike Zechariah, Mary accepts the news with humility and grace. What does it mean to live a life filled with grace?
We begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. This is the season of preparing our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus Christ in our lives. We begin with the Annunciation of John the Baptist's birth. It is the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah and Elizabeth that despite their advanced age, they will have a son. That child, John the Baptist, will be a prophet like Elijah who will prepare the way for the long-awaited Messiah. When Zechariah doubts this news, he becomes mute until his son is born. What are the roles of doubt and belief in our faith as Christians?