Call to Worship & Congregational Prayer – May 6, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Welcome to the community of faith, the family of God!

We come as families, large and small in number, seeking God’s love.

God’s love is here for you.

Help us to understand how we are connected to God.

We abide in Christ Jesus, in love and compassion.

May our spirits be renewed and our connection to God be strengthened through our worship today. AMEN

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Easter is such a wonderful season, Lord. Hope springs anew in our hearts. As the earth is being refreshed by the warmth of spring, so we have been refreshed and made new by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And we want to stay in this euphoria forever. But you have called us to go into the valley, to those who need to hear of your love and to feel your caring presence. In his words of hope, Jesus prepared his disciples to be witnesses. We have heard these words before, but far too often, we have turned our backs to this message. We don’t quite believe that we are capable of actually living our whole lives in your love. So we act in ways that are often neglectful and hurtful of others. We take more time pampering ourselves than we do helping other people. It is easier to justify our selfish desires than it is to witness to your transforming love. Stop us in our tracks, O Lord. Turn us around. Help us to face our weakness and your forgiving grace. Heal us of our sins, and place us again on the paths of peace. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

“What Chaos” – April 22, 2018

Acts 4:5-12 New International Version (NIV)

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

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 – April 22, 2018

June 26th: SIGHT & SOUND TRIP – $96 per adult. $64 (ages 3-12). Price includes lunch, travel from Lewistown & your ticket. Sign-ups are open now for members, family & friends. The first 30 spots among all three churches are guaranteed. Write checks to “Cross Country Coaches” and get them to Brenda C. 

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 April, helpers: Greeters: Brenda & Judy, Head Usher: Kim, Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
April donations are spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. Your monetary donations will help us buy toothbrushes to donate to families in crisis.

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

Church Directory Volunteers Needed: See Jayne P. or Jeannine B.

JJ Powell Program:
Mention us when you buy. They’ll donate to the church!

Choir Practice: Every Wednesday at 5:30pm

Bible Study:
Join us Wednesday at 6:30pm at the church

Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – April 22, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

What a joy it is to welcome you this day!

We are grateful and happy to be here.

Christ, the Good Shepherd, invites you to walk with him.

We accept that invitation, confident in his guidance.

Be ready to serve the Lord in all that you do, for his love has been poured upon you.

Open our hearts and spirits this day, Lord, to receive your holy words and to be challenged in our service to you. AMEN.

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Our souls are weary, O God. We hear to easily the loud clamor of the world. We witness the terror and trauma all around us. We long for the “good old days” when life seemed so much safer and simpler; when we felt cherished and protected. In this spirit, we have come to this time of worship, seeking your peace and hope. The Psalmist wrote of green pastures and refreshing springs of water, places of rest. Offerings of quietness and comfort flood our thirsting souls. What we would give for such places in the heart! In the midst of all that is difficult, there is one who leads us to these places where, when we have gathered strength and healing, we are prepared to go forth in confidence to serve again. Serving Jesus, the Good Shepherd, AMEN.

Church Sight & Sound Trip

Join us for an exciting trip to see “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA.  Our trip leaves at 7:30am on June 26, 2018 from the Grove Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewistown.

The cost of the trip is $96 per adult or $64 per child (3-12) and covers the price of admission, the bus fare and a meal at the Bird-in-hand restaurant.   Payment is due by May 13th in the for of a check written to “Cross Country Coaches” and should be given to Amy T. or Brenda C., depending on the church you attend.

Call to Worship/Congregational Prayer – April 15, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come, walk with the Lord this day.

We seek places of peace and rest from the stresses of our lives.

The Shepherd will lead you to places where your soul may be restored.

We come, sometimes fearful of the hostilities of the world.

In the midst of all the turmoil, The Shepherd will provide for your needs abundantly.

Surely these wonders will heal and restore our spirits. AMEN.

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Thank you, loving God, for bringing us to this time of worship. Refresh us and heal us again. Remind us of the many ways in which you have blessed our lives with your abundant love and your presence. Guide our hearts and our spirits that we may hear your words and our souls may be stirred into active service to your people. In the name of the Good Shepherd, who leads us to life, we pray. AMEN.

“Let’s Bring the Future Into the Present” – April 15, 2018

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

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 – April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15th: Church photos for the directory will be taken after Sunday School.

June 26th: SIGHT & SOUND TRIP – $96 per adult. $64 (ages 3-12). Price includes lunch, travel from Lewistown & your ticket. Sign-ups are open now for members, family & friends. The first 30 are guaranteed spots.

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 April, helpers: Greeters: Brenda & Judy, Head Usher: Kim, Lay Reader: Matt, Acolyte: Danny, Organist: Jeannine

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard:
April donations are spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. Your monetary donations will help us buy toothbrushes to donate to families in crisis.

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

Church Directory Volunteers Needed: See Jayne P. or Jeannine B.

JJ Powell Program: Mention us when you buy. They’ll donate to the church!

Choir Practice: Every Wednesday at 5:30pm

Bible Study: Join us Wednesday at 6:30pm at the church

Call to Worship and Congregational Prayer – April 1, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Our long journey through the darkness is over!

We have danced into the light of Jesus’ resurrection!

No more do we need to fear!

No more will we feel that we are alone and lost!

Jesus lives in our hearts and our spirits!

Jesus calls us to be a source of hope and joy for others!

Alleluia!

Alleluia!

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Leader: This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:

People: Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses.

All: We believe in Jesus the Christ, the Annointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all thinks hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit.

Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen.

“What if Christ had not risen?” – April 1, 2018

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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.