Belong | Grow | Serve

The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worshiping community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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The Gathering Sunday Worship Service will be Live-Streamed Sundays starting at 11:00am CST


First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 2021

God Gathers Us Together


Song: Head to the Heart

Advent Wreath

We Listen for God’s Word

Song: Who You Say I Am

Song: Peace on Earth”

Prayer and Scripture Reading


“A Life of Hope”

We Respond to God’s Word

Song: 10,000 Reasons

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And 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, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 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.

We Feast at God’s Table

Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings


Song: Song 4″

We are Sent Out to Love and Serve



Churchwide Family Christmas Dinner Sunday, December 12th @ 5:30pm
The whole family is invited to join us on Sunday, December 12th at 5:30pm for our Churchwide Family Christmas Dinner. The $12 per person individually packaged meal will include: Roasted pork loin, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, a yeast roll, and a surprise dessert. An optional children’s menu is two slices of pizza for $4. To reserve your dinner and pay online go to For help registering or to pay by cash or check, please come by or call the church office at 205-822-0910. [Dinner reservation and payment deadline is Monday, December 6th!]

2022 Financial Commitments
Our finance team is counting on our church family to make your best estimate financial commitments for the 2022 Ministry Operating Budget and the 2022 Bridging Our Legacy to Our Shared Future capital campaign this fall. Please also remember to continue to give faithfully throughout the end of this year. Your faithful giving allows us to provide care, assistance, and hope to so many.

Wednesday with Friends: Faith Focus with Rev. Angela Martin
[Lunch reservation and payment deadline is Monday, December 6th!] For All Adults! On Wednesday, December 8th at 10am, join us in the Chapel for music and an inspirational talk by Rev. Angela Martin (former Associate Minister at BPUMC). An optional boxed lunch of a turkey wrap, fresh fruit, a brownie, and beverages will be available immediately after the program, in the Fellowship Hall for $10 per person. To reserve your lunch and pay on-line, please go to For help registering or to pay by cash or check, please come by or call the church office at 205-822-0910.

Holiday Food Boxes for Food Pantry Donations Needed
BPUMC’s Pantry on the Bluff will give out Holiday Food Boxes during their December 1st food pantry. Each box costs $8 and contains an assortment of holiday foods and a family-sized holiday meat. For every $8 you donate, you will provide numerous meals for a family in need. To donate, write a check with Holiday Food Box in the memo line. Drop it in the offering plate or bring it by the church office during the week.

Attention All BPUMC Women & Guests
The Women’s Retreat is coming up February 5th—6th and we are making plans. Registration will open December 1st and close December 10th. We have a short window so we want you to put it on your calendar now. Space is limited so please mark your calendar to register by December 10th! Our theme is RECONNECT and we cannot wait to ‘reconnect’ with you.

Christmas Poinsettias
Reserve your large beautiful poinsettia now to remember or honor a loved one at Christmas. The cost is $15.00 per plant payable to the church. Deadline for ordering is December 6th. Click here to download the order form.

Thank you for supporting the ministry and mission of our church family! Click the link below to give online safely and secure through Realm

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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

Robert Gurley and family, Judith Smith and her family, Bobbye Guyton, the Mezzell family, Gene Glass, Gary Sanders, Bill Green, Pat Westbrook, Bobbie Moore, Gwen Eblen, Sandra Morgan, Pam Phagan, Jenny Britain, Ann Gilliland, Glynda Culver, Becky McCrary, Jan Rogers, Steve and Julie White, Wanda Strong, Jo Ann Huddleston, Louise Brooks, Donna Burson, Kaleigh Stokes, Jerry Thorn, Lisa Avant, Joan Davis, Gail Cooch, Wes and Allison Wells, Tina and Rick Hardy, AV Marlow, Sue Crunk, Bill and Peggy Fields, Frank Williams, Marvin Broome, Rochelle Kornegay, Pan Cahoon, Sylvia Harper and her family, Jackie Teaford, Jackie Causey, Venice Russell, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Kay Adams, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Butch Hopper, Joe Bains, Kandis Scudder, Chris Atkinson, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jo Ann Freeman, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Matt and Pat Reeder, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Wayne Freeman, Joe Thomas, Charlotte Word, Ann Rabb, Linda Phillips, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

For the people of Ethiopia, who are suffering from human rights violations across the country. We pray that your people may be cared for and be able to live healthy lives.

Fill out the form and let us know that you are ready to take your next steps at Bluff Park UMC. We’d love to connect you with a pastor.

Members and guests, please fill out this form to help us keep track of online weekly worship attendance. Include the names of each member of your household who participated in online worship.

Please list the names of any others who are worshiping with you today.

Our Staff

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Davis Haines

Director of Creative Worship

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