Worship for Jan 3, ’21

Please feel free to scroll down the page to each section, watching and listening to the videos, pausing as you need to, and joining in the prayers and liturgy aloud or silently.


      The Star

This song’s origin is unknown.
It is sung by Andrea LaBlanc (on the piano) and a friend, on Andrea’s Youtube channel.

Welcome and Call to Worship

  Pastor Karla

  Blessing of the Magi
      by Jan Richardson in
      “Circle of Grace:

      Book of Blessings for
      the Seasons”


      From a Distant Home – arr. Hal Hopson
      in the UM Hymnal #243
      Sing along, using the Hymnal or
      the words that are below!

De Tierra Lejana Venimos (From A Distant Home)
is a traditional Puerto Rican carol; trans by George K. Evans;
This arrangement is by Hal Hopson
Soloist: Virgil Simon (last verse)
Recorded at Snowmass Chapel (their YouTube channel)
Videographer: Brian Harris

From a distant home, the Savior we come seeking,
using as our guide the star, so brightly beaming,
lovely Eastern star, that tells us of God’s morning,
heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining.
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven,
and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

Glowing gold I bring to the newborn Babe so holy,
token of his power to reign above in glory.
Bitter myrrh I bring to give the infant Jesus,
token of the pain that he will bear to save us.
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven,
and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

Frankincense I bring the child of God’s own choosing,
token of our prayers to heaven ever ris-ing;
lovely Eastern star, that tells us of God’s morning,
heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining.
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven,
and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

Bitter myrhh have I to give the infant Jesus
Token of the pain that he will bear to save us.
lovely Eastern star, that tells us of God’s morning,
heaven’s wondrous light, O never cease thy shining.
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven,
and upon the earth be peace and love to all.

Children’s Message

   “The Light, the Truth and the Way”
   By Marin Miller

Created by Marin Miller on her youtube channel

Scripture Lessons

     Read by Abby Fredericksen

     Isaiah 60:1-6

       The word of God   
       for the People of God
       Thanks be to God!


    Matthew 2:1-12

      The gospel of Christ.
      Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


     “…by a different road”
     Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Prayers of the People

      Prayers of Concern
      Prayers of Gratitude & Thanks
      The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father
      who art in heaven,
      hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come;
      thy will be done
      on earth
      as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
      our daily bread,
And forgive us
      our trespasses
      as we forgive those who
      trespass against us.
      And lead us not
      into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
      and the power
      and the glory forever. Amen.


Take note of the ways to give:  Our time, our gifts and talents, our worship and praise, our service in church and community, and our monetary gifts.  During this pandemic, please remember the church still pays minimal staff and building expenses, so keep the church in mind for your giving. 
For monetary offerings:

  • checks sent to CUMC, P.O. Box 417, Chehalis, WA  98532. 
  • Cash, of course, would have to be brought to the church office (in an envelope, please) during office hours (Tues 10AM to 4PM; Wed-Thur, 10-1:00)
  • On the DONATE page of this website find a link to our giving site, using a debit or credit card, or your own PayPal account. 
  • Bill-payer:  Some prefer to use their own bank’s bill-payerand set an automatic monthly amount. (We like this one!)

       What a Wonderful World  – Thiele and Weiss
       The Musical Mountaineers

What a Wonderful world
played by The Musical Mountaineers, their arrangement
Composers: Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, 1967
First made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Dedication Prayer for Offering

     (The video contains
     This prayer and announcements
     and Benediction that follow)

Previewing Announcements



      I Am the Light of the World
      Jim and Jean Strathdee

Jim and Jean Strathdee sing the song which he wrote using the words of Howard Thurman’s famous poem as the basis of his verses, in a video found on their youtube channel (church location unknown). 
Words:  Jim Strathdee, 1967; Howard Thurman
Music:  Jim Strathdee  © Desert Flower Music
CCLI #1396720

I am the light of the world,
you people come and follow me
If you follow and love,
you’ll learn the mystery
of what you were
meant to do and be.

When the song of the angel’s is still, when the star in the sky in gone,When the kings and the shepherds have gone, the work of Christmas is begun.

To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love.
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food,
to feel the earth below the sky above.

To free the prisoner from all chains, to make the powerful care.
To rebuild the nations with strength and goodwill
To see God’s children everywhere.
To bring hope to every task you do.  To dance at a baby’s new birth,
To make music in an old person’s heart. 
And sing to the colors of the earth.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
May God’s Grace and Peace
follow you throughout the year!
Now, go with God’s blessings
to be the church!


Announcements / “Soundbites”

This week:

  • TONIGHT!! – 7-7:30 PM – Vespers with Communion
    Remember to think about “the best gift you’ve ever received.”
  • Tuesday – 10:00 AM – Coffee hour – via zoom from home
  • Tuesday – 11 AM – 4 PM – Pastor Karla will have usual office hours this week
  • Tuesday – 6:30 PM – Personnel Committee
  • Wednesday (No Bible Study this week – Returning NEXT week: “The Way”)
  • Next Sunday – early on Sunday morning – Worship is available again!
    “It’s the water, and a lot more” (Baptism of the Lord Sunday)

A short communion service
January 3, 7 – 7:30 p.m.

One thing that we miss when our worship is not live is communion.  Join Pastor Karla on the first Sunday of each monthTONIGHT (January 3) Epiphany Sunday, at 7:00 PM for a LIVE communion service on zoom. 

 One thing you need to note!  You’ll need to plan ahead enough to bring your own bread and beverage!   Also, for TONIGHT, think ahead a little to briefly share with the group, the best gift you’ve ever received!

“Coffee Hour” – Tuesday 10:00 AM

This is an opportunity to see and hear other church people, share your joys and concerns, and pray together! To join the chatter follow the link at 10:00 AM Tuesday THIS WEEK.
OH! and Hint: Bring your own coffee and/or snack!

Join Zoom Meeting –

For alternative ways to join click the next link and read!  Everyone can come, EVEN BY REGULAR LANDLINE PHONE!  
More info and more links: “COFFEE HOUR” POST  

Will you be vaccinated?

The following article has really good info. about the statistical risks associated with covid infection vs the vaccine.  If you are trying to decide, it might be helpful to read this article in fairly easy to understand terms.  (Link offered to us by Dr. Mark Fredericksen.)

“The Way” – A Bible Study
by Adam Hamilton

Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM
starting January 13

NEXT WEDNESDAY, January 13, we begin a new study “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” in which we will begin each lesson with a video set in an appropriate place in the Holy Land, and follow Jesus to these places. The focus is on the life and teachings of Jesus, drawing on history, archaeology, and the geography of the Holy Land.

Preparing for each week:
January 13 – Read the Prologue: John the Baptist and Jesus, AND
Chapter 1 – Baptism and Temptation (Jordan River and the Wilderness)
January 20 – Chapter 2 – The Healing Ministry (Capernaum)
January 27 – Chapter 3 – Proclaiming the Kingdom (The Mountains)
February 3 – Chapter 4 – Calming the Storm (The Sea of Galilee)
February 10 – Chapter 5 – Sinners, Outcast and the Poor (Samaria)

Beginning on February 17 we will start our Lenten Study: “The Last Week” by Marcus Borg and John Crossan.