Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – July 8, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)

L: I am the One who gives you life. Forever shall I be your God, and you shall be my people.

P: And if we have no royal blood, but sweat each day for bread?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: And if our skin be a different shade, or our speech a stranger’s tongue?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: If our body be afflicted, or our spirit be distressed?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: If we die while yet alive, or slip beyond the door of death?

L: I will be parent to your child; your child shall be my own.

P: You are the One who gives us life; you are the One who gives us hope.

A: Forever shall you be our God, and we shall be your people!

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

O Great Revealer, we come seeking visions. We come desiring dreams. Grant our wish: wave before us one branch of paradise lost, and we shall see in its leaf our life regained. Or conjure up a carpenter whose hands are as rough as the bark of a tree, and we shall behold in his face our salvation. Lift us, we plead, in a flight not of fancy, but of faith; not that we might boast of your presence, but that we might know your forgiveness.

“Two sides to every prayer!” – July 1, 2018

Mark 5:21-43 New International Version (NIV)

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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.

Announcements – July 1, 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 June, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Nancy H., Head Usher: Joyce, Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
June 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.

Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – July 1, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive) 

Wait for the Lord, like those who hope in God’s mercy.

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Watch for God, like those who eagerly await the morning.

We watch for God, whose power redeems us.

Hear God’s hopeful word, like those who long for pardon.

Sing praise to God and rejoice in God’s love.

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Merciful Lord, we are so fearful these days.

We encounter economic situations which threaten to destroy our lives; we encounter anger, fear and hostility, and we feel as though we are about to drown. We want to place our trust in you, but so many times before, when we have trusted others, we have been let down.

Help us to truly trust your mercy and love. Heal and forgive our fears and sins. Open our hearts to receive your mercy and help us to become your disciples.

For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Church Picnic:  Sunday, June 24

Join us at Bender Park in Reedsville. This is for all three churches.   We ask Lake Park and Freedom Avenue to give us a number so we will know how much chicken to buy.

Schedule:

  • Lay Service starts at 10am.
  • We dine at noon.

What to bring?

  • A covered dish to share
  • A fun wrapped gag gift for an auction
  • A folding chair

Fried chicken will be provided by IHS Class

Hope to see you there!

“It’s for your own good.” – June 3, 2018

Mark 2:23-28 New International Version (NIV)

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

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.

Announcements – June 3, 2018

Hoagie Sales: Hoagies tickets for sale for camp program at Grove – see Judy. $6.50. Hoagies will be ready for pickup from now to June 16th.

June 16th: Father’s Day meal (Sign Up NOW!).

June 17th: 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal after Sunday School

June 24th: Church Picnic at 10am @ Bender Park in Reedsville. Bring a covered dish. Chicken provided by the IHS Class. All 3 churches are invited. No regular service at Grove this weekend.

June 26th: SIGHT & SOUND TRIP – $96 per adult. $64 (ages 3-12).

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 June, helpers: Greeters: Nancy B. and Nancy H., Head Usher: Joyce, Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
June 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, 6:30pm @ Freedom Ave.

Call to Worship & Congregational Prayer – June 3, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)

The God who answers in a day of trouble is among us,

And, behold, it is very good!

The God who lights a candle during the night is here,

And, behold, it is very good!

(ALL) Hearts, rejoice! For peace has triumphed over trouble, and morning has broken eternal night!

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER (responsive)

O Heavenly Father, what is it that keeps us from recognizing you?

Often we are so full of ourselves that it’s easy to block you right out of our lives.

Maybe it’s the way we interpret Scripture that obscures the signs pointing to you.

Perhaps we are guilty of being slow of heart when we don’t recognize you in our neighbor, or in the guise of the poor or the dispossessed.

Our eyes and ears have become so crammed with the sights and sounds of living that we simply fail to see you or to recognize your voice.

(ALL) Lord Jesus, help us to empty ourselves of all that hinders our awareness of your presence with us. Fill us with the joy of knowing your continuing presence, so that, like little Samuel in the temple, we too, recognize your voice and, like the disciples, follow your calling. Amen.

“That’s the Spirit” – May 27, 2018

Romans 8:12-17 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in 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.

Announcements – May 27, 2018

Hoagie Sales: Hoagies tickets for sale for camp program at Grove – see Judy. $6.50. Hoagies will be ready for pickup from now to June 16th.

June 16th: Father’s Day meal (Sign Up NOW!).

June 17th: 3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal after Sunday School

June 26th: SIGHT & SOUND TRIP – $96 per adult. $64 (ages 3-12). 

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 May, helpers: Greeters: Angela & Sue, Head Usher: Kim, Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
May donations are cereal and powdered milk.

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:
On Summer Hiatus