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…”

 

Announcements – December 9, 2018

  • TODAY: Love offering (North family)
  • Dec 23 (5 pm): Christmas caroling
  • Jan 5 (6 pm): Christmas Dinner w/special mystery guest
  • Jan 6 – IHS Class planning meeting during Sunday School
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Donations are being accepted.
  • Thank you, December helpers!

A special thank you to Alex, Bill, Bruce & Fred for setting up the outdoor nativity!

NEEDS

  • Helpers for Shining Light Through the Darkness
  • Meals on Wheels is still looking for help – 2 hrs Tue/Thu (drivers, kitchen help, admin); See Pastor Randy

Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession – December 9, 2018

Call to Worship

L: It’s time to get ready for the journey.

P: Where are we going?

L: We are heading for the Manger and then to the Cross.

P: What will we find?

L: Today we will find peace, along with hope

P: We are ready. Let the journey begin.


Prayer of Confession

Lord, hear us this day as we open our hearts and our spirits to you. These times in which we live are often confusing and fearful. We are pushed to make preparations for a season which is supposed to bring hope and peace; yet we crowd it with obligations and stresses and shut the door to your healing love and compassion. We find ourselves being on edge, fretful, wondering if we have done enough, can do enough.

You answer our fears with your voice, “Peace, be still”. Help us to hear you. Slow us down. Encourage us to take some time to listen rather than shout, to stop and rest rather than run. Cause us to look around at situations and people who are in need and to place our focus on helping them. For it is in helping your people and reaching out in love that we will find true peace.

These things we pray, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Announcements – December 2, 2018

  • TODAY: Poinsettia orders due
  • Jan 5 (6 pm): Christmas Dinner
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Donations are being accepted.
  • Thank you for prayer shawl from Linda
  • Thank you, November helpers!
  • Helpers for Shining Light Through the Darkness
  • Meals on Wheels is still looking for help – 2 hrs Tue/Thu (drivers, kitchen help, admin); See Pastor Randy

Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession – December 2, 2018

Call to Worship

L: The days are shorter and darkness comes early to our lives.

P: Lord, hear our prayers through the darkness.

L: Come, seek the Lord. Place your hope in God’s mercy and love.

P: Lord, we seek your presence among us.

L: Look closely! God is making us ready.

P: Brighten our Spirits this day, and help us to receive your Good News. AMEN.

 

Prayer of Confession

We can hardly believe it, Lord. The Advent season is upon us. We usually translate that into the buying season in preparation for THE BIG DAY.

But when we place our hope in the tinsel, wrappings, tape and boxes, we forget the most glorious gift of all, the gift of God’s absolute love.

Open our eyes, our hearts, our spirits today to behold God’s gracious love for us in the fulfillment of all God’s promises. For we ask this in the name of Jesus.

AMEN.

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession – November 25, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Jesus calls us to open our hearts to all in need.

P: We come this day to hear his words of encouragement for us.

L: Look around you. Smile at each other, for we all have need of friendship and welcome.

P: With God’s great love in our hearts, we find our welcome in this place of worship. AMEN.

 

Prayer of Confession

God of all creation, before time and beyond space, we admit to our human limits as we try to imagine the reign of truth that you envision for us.

When we follow worldly powers and stray from the good path you desire for all you have created, give us Jesus.

Give us Jesus, O God—not a Jesus high and lifted up, but chained and arraigned by authorities with boldness to tell the truth.

Speak through our words and deeds, that your will may be done in our time. Embolden us with the confidence that your reign will one day come.

Come, O Strong One, come. Amen.

Announcements – November 25, 2018

  • TODAY: Bring a gift for the giving tree.
  • TODAY: Hanging of the Greens (after church)
  • Dec 02: Poinsettia orders due
  • Meals on Wheels: See Pastor
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Donations are being accepted.
  • Thank you, November helpers!

NEEDS

  • Helpers for Shining Light Through the Darkness

Call to Worship and Prayer of Confession – November 18, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Come worship the Lord who is in our midst today.

P: There is no Holy One like our God.

L: Like Hannah of old, we raise our voices to praise the Lord of strength.

P: There is no Rock like our God.

L: We prepare to listen and learn with open hearts and open minds.

P: There is no Source of knowledge like our God.

L: We trust that righteousness will come
on the heels of God’s judgment.

P: There is no Justice like our God.

L: May the Son of our God lead us into faith. There is no Guide like our God. Come worship the Lord who is in our midst today. Amen

 

Prayer of Confession

Rock of Salvation, you give children to the barren and strength to the feeble; you exalt the poor and lift up the needy.

We praise your holy name from morning to night, yet we build walls that separate us: from you, from one another, from the world, even from ourselves.

We place stumbling blocks in the way of goodness and truth.

We are led astray by promises of earthly treasure.

We confess our fallibility and seek solace in the mother of our joy.

Teach us to pray and praise without pause,
confessing hope ceaselessly.

Guide us in our efforts to encourage one another, to work together for good in the world,
and to prepare for the day of the Lord.

Announcements – November 18, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Nov 18: Homecoming Meal
  • Nov 18 (3pm): Charge Conference @ Trinity
  • Nov 25: Bring a gift for the giving tree.
  • Dec 02: Poinsettia orders due
  • Meals on Wheels: See Pastor
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Donations are being accepted.
  • Thank you, October helpers!

 

NEEDS:

  • Freedom Ave. needs a refrigerator
  • Helpers for Shining Light Through the Darkness