Announcements – September 2, 2018

  • September 4 (7pm): Bible Study @ Freedom Ave.
  • September 5 (5:30pm): Choir Practice @ Grove Memorial
  • September 5 (6:30pm): Bible Study @ Grove Memorial
  • September 8: Sweet Frog benefit night – 15% go to Mifflin Co. Cross Country supporting Morgan’s team. Mention the group when paying.
  • September 8: Prayer Workshop @ McVeytown UMC ($15 cost)
  • September 15: Fellowship meal after Sunday School
  • September 16 (6:30pm): Waterworks Ministries workshop @ Grace UMC in Centre Hall ($15 cost)
  • September 16 (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”
  • September 22 (9am): UMC Women annual meeting at Rhodes Memorial UMC ($10 cost)
  • September 26 (6:30pm): Grove UMC Ad Council Meeting
  • September 30: Kickoff picnic for Shining Light in the Darkness @ Kish Park
  • October 6 (8:30am): Grove Memorial UMC Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP
  • October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville
  • November 3 (10am): HUB gathering @ Watts UMC in Belleville
  • November 18: Charge Conference – location TBD

Meals on Wheels: If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please contact Pastor Randy.

Donations for HUB: See Nancy B. with your monetary donations.

Thank you to our September, helpers!

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

“Using Time Wisely” Ephesians 5:15-20 – August 19, 2018

Ephesians 5:15-20 New International Version (NIV)

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 Prayer of Confession – August 19, 2018

Call to Worship

L: Lord, we are afraid.

P: Reassure us of Your steadfast love.

L: Lord, we are afraid.

P: Comfort us with your presence.

L: Lord, we rest secure in Your love.

P: Help us to always remain in your love.

ALL: All praise and honor to You, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of all. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

 

Dear Lord, as we partake from your heavenly bread and wine, we come humbly before you to confess our sins to you:

  • We ask forgiveness for our selfish attitudes and behaviors.
  • We ask forgiveness for envying others instead of blessing them in Christ’s name.
  • We ask forgiveness for exploiting others rather than serving them.
  • We ask forgiveness for our shallow and materialistic attitudes and behaviors.
  • We ask forgiveness for not properly representing Christ to a world filled with hunger for spiritual food.

Forgive us, o Lord, and free us to joyful service in the community into which you have sent us.

Announcements – August 19, 2018

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

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

September 16 (3-5:30pm): Bishop Park meeting at Faith UMC in Bellefonte to discuss “Commission on Finding a Way Forward”

October 6 (8:30am): Sunday school breakfast at the Burnham OIP

October 20: Potato Drop @ Church Hill UMC in Reedsville

Thank you to our August, helpers!

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.

“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.