Week of November 12, 2017

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Every Sunday until Memorial Day Weekend at 8 AM– Morning Meditation
Mondays at 6:30 PM – Lectionary Study and Discussion Group
Thursdays at 5:00 PM – Prayer and Meditation Group
Sunday, November 12 at 3 PM – Annual Church Conference
Saturday, November 25 at 9 AM – Church Cleaning Day

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Here are the readings and songs for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – November 12, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 78   –   UMH #799
First Scripture:    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   –   Page 1840

Prayer of Confession

O Lord our God, you are completely righteous and good. In Christ, you call us to worship you in Spirit and truth. Help us to connect our faith with our daily actions. Thank you for the freedom to gather and worship you. Please protect our Christian brothers and sisters in every land. May our church contribute to an unending flow of justice for those in need. Let our worship, our lives and all that we can give be pleasing in your sight. We pray through Christ your Son. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Holy Ground   –   TFWS #2272
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 25:1-13   –   Page 1540
Sermon Title:     “In Search of the Kingdom of God”
Closing Song:     My Hope Is Built   –   UMH #368

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost – October 22, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 99   –   UMH #819
First Scripture:    1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   –   Page 1837

Prayer of Confession

God of our salvation, through Jesus Christ’s self-offering on the cross, you granted eternal life. We who were far off have become members of your household. We belong to you, yet we get caught up in the world that judges others by what they own. Enable us to love you with our whole heart. Free us from clinging to our money and possessions. Use our worship today to remind us once again of the sacrificial love that you have shown us so that we may bring relief to people in need of physical and spiritual healing. We ask this for the sake of Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.

Song of Praise:     This Little Light of Mine   –   UMH #585
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 22:15-22   –   Page 1535
Sermon Title:     “Understanding What Is Important”
Closing Song:     Blessed Assurance   –   UMH #369

Week of October 22, 2017

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Every Sunday until Memorial Day Weekend at 8 AM– Morning Meditation 
Mondays at 6:30 PM – Lectionary Study and Discussion Group 
Thursdays at 5:00 PM – Prayer and Meditation Group 
Sunday, November 12 at 3 PM – Annual Church Conference
          ~~~SPRC @ 2 PM~~~ 

Week of October 15, 2017

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Every Sunday until Memorial Day Weekend at 8 AM– Morning Meditation 
Mondays at 6:30 PM – Lectionary Study and Discussion Group 
Thursdays at 5:00 PM – Prayer and Meditation Group 
Sunday, October 15 after worship – Baby Shower for Mikaela 
Sunday, November 12 in the afternoon – Annual Church Conference 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost – October 15, 2017 

Act of Praise:    Psalm 106   -   UMH #829 
First Scripture:    Philippians 4:1-9   -   Page 1829 

Prayer of Confession 

God of peace, you are righteous and loving. Thank you for intervening in history to make a covenant relationship with your people, Israel. We are grateful that you welcome all who seek you through your Son, Jesus. Today we remember that you call all of us gathered here and so many more to spread the gospel. Let your peace guard our hearts and minds in Christ, so that we may work together in harmony to do your will. May our worship be a sign and a symbol of what we can give to strengthen our church’s ministries in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Song of Praise:     Come and Find the Quiet Center-   TFWS #2128 
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 22:1-14   -   Page 1534 
Sermon Title:     Defining the Audience 
Closing Song:     Blest Are They   -   TFWS #2155 

Seventeeth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here is the order of worship for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost – October 1, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 78   –   UMH #799
First Scripture:    Philippians 2:1-13   –   Page 1827

Prayer of Confession

Most Gracious God, you hold each person’s life as more precious than we can imagine. When we turn aside from following your way, you urgently call us back. Send your Spirit to give us a new heart to live as faithful people who show forgiveness to others. Help us to be the people that we claim to be and encourage us to give freely of ourselves as we share your good news with our neighbors. We pray through Christ your Son, who gave his life for the sake of the world. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Come and See   –   TFWS #2127
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 21:23-32   –   Page 1532
Sermon Title:     “Emptying Out Our Perceptions”
Closing Song:     Lord, I Lift Your Name on High   –   TFWS #2088

Week of October 1, 2017

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Every Sunday until Memorial Day Weekend at 8 AM– Morning Meditation
Mondays at 6:30 PM – Lectionary Study and Discussion Group
Thursdays at 5:00 PM – Prayer and Meditation Group
Sunday, October 15 after worship – Baby Shower
Sunday, November 12 in the afternoon – Annual Church Conference

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 24, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 145   –   UMH #857
First Scripture:    Philippians 1:21-30   –   Page 1826

Prayer of Confession

God, our Heavenly King, we rejoice that you invite everyone to a place of purpose in your kingdom. Through Christ, your Son, you give us a vision of the world as your vineyard, where each person can contribute the gifts you have given. Free us from envy and comparing our circumstances to others. Give us strength by your Spirit to live joyfully as generous servants of your realm. Help us to give joyfully out of our abundance in response to your loving presence in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Give Thanks   –   TFWS #2036
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 20:1-16   –   Page 1529
Sermon Title:     “The Upside Down Reality of the Kingdom”
Closing Song:     Freely, Freely   –   UMH #389