Welcome To Grove Memorial United Methodist Church!!

Worship Services begin at 9:40am in the sanctuary, led by Pastor Randy Traxler.  Join us before the worship service in the hospitality room, located in the back of the Sanctuary for water, coffee, or snacks while we enjoy socializing with each other.

We hope you explore our web site and get to know more about us and entice you to come visit our church!

We would like to thank you for visiting our web site and learning more about our church. We have a wonderful church located at 611 South Main St, Lewistown, Pa. We have Sunday School Classes starting at 11am for children and adults.

Matthew 25:35

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”

 

“Divine Anger?” – August 12th, 2018

Ephesians 4:25-32 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Call to Worship and Opening Prayer – August 12th, 2018

Call to Worship (Psalm 130)

Out of the depths I cry to you. Lord, hear my voice.

Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness, that we might serve you with reverence.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in God’s word I put my hope.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord and in God’s unfailing love.

Out of the depths I cry to you.

Lord, hear my voice.

 

Opening Prayer

O God of compassion, if you kept a record of our sins, who could stand?

We come before you with our brokenness and our wounds for all to see.

We bring our anger, our bitterness, our unwholesome talk, and our deceitfulness.

We try to do good, but sometimes fail.

We choose to do evil, and sometimes succeed.

Keep your promise to forgive us when we confess to you completely.

Without you, we have no hope. Amen

Announcements – August 12th, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS

August 15 (6:30pm): Ad Council Meeting @ Grove Memorial.  Members: Fred S., Jayne P., Bill & Sue D., Judy R., Brenda C., Pam F., Karen W., Jeannine B., Morgan R., Pastor Randy, Alex H., and any congregation member without voting privileges can attend.

August 19 (after sunday school): 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal @ Grove.  All are welcome.

August 29 (5:30pm): Choir Practice @ Grove Memorial

Thank you to our August, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Sue D., Head Usher: Bill D., Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: August donations are now being accepted.

Prayer Request Forms: Are in the backs of the pews.  Fill one out and put it in the offering plate.

E-mail Newsletter: Sign up in the lobby to receive the new tri-church newsletter.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: Sign up in the church lobby.

Bible Study: Tuesdays, 7pm @ Freedom Ave.

“We Need Bread and Water” – August 5, 2018

John 6:24-35 New International Version (NIV)

Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – August 5, 2018

Call to Worship (John 6:35)

 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”

We are hungry for the bread of heaven.

Jesus said, “The bread of God gives life to the world.”

We are hungry for eternal life.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

We are here to become what we already are: the body of Christ, food for a hungry world.

Opening Prayer


God of forgiveness and new beginnings,
you feed our hearts with compassion,
and nourish our souls with the bread of heaven.
As Jesus fed the hungry crowds,
knowing that they needed both physical bread
and the bread of heaven,
fill us with your generous spirit
and make us one with Christ. Amen.

Announcements – August 5, 2018

TODAY: Holy Communion – Our elements are all gluten free.  This is an open table. All believers are welcome to partake.

Thank you to our July, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Sue D., Head Usher: Bill D., Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: August donations are now being accepted.

Prayer Request Forms: Are in the backs of the pews.  Fill one out and put it in the offering plate.

E-mail Newsletter: Sign up in the lobby to receive the new tri-church newsletter.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: Sign up in the church lobby.

Choir Practice: On Summer Hiatus

Bible Study: Tuesdays, 7pm @ Freedom Ave.

“Dancing for God” – July 15, 2018

Ephesians 1:3-14 New International Version (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Call to Worship & Congregational Prayer – July 15, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)

L: Open wide the doorways of our sanctuary!
P: May the king of glory come into our midst.

L: Who is this king of glory?
P: This king of glory is our Savior Jesus Christ.

L: Open the doors of our hearts to receive Jesus Christ.
P: May our spirits and our hearts receive his blessing now and forever. AMEN.


CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

In the midst of our “summer” lives, O Lord, so many things have claimed our attention. We worked hard this year to earn a little rest and recreation, to break away from the stresses of our everyday living. But in the midst of all this change, we have too often pushed our worship of you aside. We have focused so much on our needs for physical change and peace that we have neglected our spiritual hungers and thirst. Forgive us when we are tempted to stray from our worship of you and focus entirely on ourselves and our own needs. As we celebrate this day, help us to remember all the wondrous things you continue to do for us. Let us look at the world as a place of delight. And when we encounter situations in which sorrow and hurt abound, help us to be ready to bring hope and peace. Be with us in this warm days of summer, preparing us for ministry and mission, in your holy name. AMEN.

Announcements – July 15, 2018

July 15: 3rd Sunday fellowship meal after Sunday School 

July 24-29: (Freedom Ave) Christmas in July 

Jul 30 – Aug 5: Week of Caring.  Need help with a house project?  Willing to volunteer?  E-mail woclewistown@gmail.com.  See the brochure in the vestibule for more information.

Thank you to our July, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Sue D., Head Usher: Bill D., Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
July donations (canned fruit & canned soup) are now being accepted.

Prayer Request Forms: Are in the backs of the pews.  Fill one out and put it in the offering plate.

E-mail Newsletter: Sign up in the lobby to receive the new tri-church newsletter.

Worship Helpers are NEEDED: Sign up in the church lobby.

Choir Practice: On Summer Hiatus

Bible Study:
Tuesdays, 7pm @ Freedom Ave.

Announcements – July 8, 2018

July 15: 3rd Sunday fellowship meal after Sunday School 

July 24-29: (Freedom Ave) Christmas in July

 Jul 30 – Aug 5: Week of Caring.  Need help with a house project?  Willing to volunteer?  E-mail woclewistown@gmail.com.  See the brochure in the vestibule for more information.

Thank you to our July, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Sue D., Head Usher: Bill D., Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
July donations (canned fruit & canned soup) are now being accepted. 

Prayer Request Forms: Are in the backs of the pews.  Fill one out and put it in the offering plate.

E-mail Newsletter: Sign up in the lobby to receive the new tri-church newsletter.

 Worship Helpers are NEEDED: Sign up in the church lobby.

Choir Practice: On Summer Hiatus

Bible Study:
Tuesdays, 7pm @ Freedom Ave.