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.

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!